How To Stop Your Puppy From Biting

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Teaching your puppy to stop biting requires consistency and hard work. Save your fingers from future pain by training your dog at a young age that biting and chewing is bad behavior.

Step 1: Play with your puppy, bringing attention to your hands
Sit on the floor with your puppy and play. Bring their attention to your hands by tapping the floor in front of them and wiggling your fingers.

Tip
Don’t scare your dog by tapping their face. Teasing might cause them to instinctively bite out of self-defense.

Step 2: Yell “Ow!” and stop playing when puppy bites
Loudly and sharply yell “Ow!” when your puppy bites you too hard. Quickly pull your hands away and immediately stop playing.

Step 3: Play again and see if they continue to bite
Play with your puppy again after a few minutes have passed. Again, draw attention to your hands, and see if they bite.

Step 4: Offer a reward if they don’t bite
Offer a treat or other reward if your puppy doesn’t bite your hand, and continue playing with them.

Step 5: Yell “Ow!” again; ignore for 20 seconds if they bite
Yell “Ow!” again if they bite you. Then turn away and ignore the dog or put them in a designated time-out spot. Wait 20 to 30 seconds before turning to them and trying again.

Tip
Choose a “time-out” spot for your dog, like a small room away from people, toys, and other animals; use this spot as a means of punishment. Never hit your dog to punish them.

Step 6: Be consistent
Be consistent in your training, practicing in short, 15-minute bursts of time as often as you can. Your dog will quickly learn that biting is a quick way to bring an end to the fun.

Did You Know?
Like humans, dogs have two sets of teeth — baby teeth and adult teeth. Around four months old, a puppy’s baby teeth start to fall out and their adult teeth grow in.

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