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Puppies are curious little monsters. When teeth start to grow, they’ll get into the habit of biting. Biting is a puppy’s a natural response when they are curious. They’ll bite to know if an object is soft or hard, they’ll bite to know if an object is edible or not and many more. It’s all fun and games until you are the one who’s always bitten. They also “play-bite.” This happens when a puppy bites you out of a gesture that they’re playing with you. Notice that in a litter of puppies when someone yelps, the puppy that’s biting immediately stop. Hearing someone yelp is a sign that they have bitten someone with too much pressure and force. When puppies are taken from his siblings and immediately placed into a family without learning these boundaries, training a puppy not to bite can be a tedious process.

Listed below are some of the ways you can do to stop your puppy from excessive biting.

Distraction

Oftentimes, when puppies cuddle with humans, it is a sign for them to start playing with him. Instead of just lying down on its belly and wagging its tail for belly rubs, it will start tackling and pouncing you. This scenario leads into “play-biting.” When they are biting too often and you can’t seem to get out of it or make him stop, give him something else to bite on. This can be a chew toy purchased on a local pet store. If he doesn’t respond to the chew toy and continues to bite you instead, ignore the puppy. But, do not walk away. Ignore them in a sense of not interacting with them. Stillness can actually signal that you are not interested in playing anymore. When you walk away, they’ll start chasing your legs and it might hurt you.

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Socializing with other puppies

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Never forget that before being domesticated, dogs are members of a pack. They learn essential surviving skills through dogs as well. Let your puppy socialize with other puppies so that they could learn behaviors especially through playtime with other members as well. One solid instance of learning is when a puppy bites his playmate, through this experience he’ll be aware that too much aggression is intolerable. Another benefit of socializing your puppies with others is to redirect their energy. Eventually, after countless hours of playing with their puppy pals, they’d be too tired of thinking to bite you as well.

Training with a clicker

To ensure consistency during training, make sure to include training activities with a clicker, Its sound marks that a dog is being obedient or has done a good behavior during the training. In order to teach bite inhibition with the use of a clicker, you can follow these steps.

First is to place your hand in front of your dog’s mouth. If he doesn’t bite your hand, give him a treat and praise his good behavior. You can always level it up as long as you’re convinced that your dog can handle it properly. In order for this to be successful is to be consistent.

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