When a puppy nips and bites your hands, you might initially think it’s cute and playful behavior. However, when your puppy grows up learning that this behavior is acceptable, you might not find it as entertaining when his adult teeth make contact with your skin. To prevent future problems, there are several things you can do to teach your puppy that biting is a no-no.
Use Taste Aversives
Before playing with your puppy, apply hot sauce, lemon juice or a commercial taste deterrent to your hands. When your furry pal goes to bite your hands, the nasty taste will make him think twice about repeating his undesired nipping behavior. To be effective, ensure you apply the taste aversive several times, and eventually your pup will associate your hands with the unpleasant taste and stop biting them.
Put Up an Act
When your puppy bites your hands, let out an “ouch” sound to make it seem as if you’re in pain. Immediately stop playing with him and leave the room. Don’t make eye contact with him and don’t pay any attention to him. If you do this consistently, he’ll notice that all the fun stops when he bites your hands and might stop doing it.
Redirect Your Pup
In addition to teaching your pet companion that biting skin is off limits, make sure to also teach him which items are appropriate to bite. During playtime, always have chew toys available. The moment the biting starts, make a loud noise or shake a can of coins to stop him in his tracks. When he stops, show him a chew toy, and praise him when he starts using it. With consistency he’ll learn right from wrong.
Although getting a puppy is an exciting experience, bringing your new pal home to soon, might rob him from valuable time with his mother and litter mates. During this time he leans bite inhibition. When a puppy plays too rough with his litter mates, his mother will instantly intervene and reprimand him. This teaches him to be gentler. Ideally, wait until a puppy is 10 to 12 weeks old before you bring him home.
Pent-up energy and boredom is almost a guarantee for misbehavior in dogs. Rather than risking this, take your puppy for frequent walks, allow him to run and explore different areas and meet new people and other dogs. With plenty of exercise, your puppy is less likely to resort to biting and might just prefer to take a nap instead.
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