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How to Train Dogs with Biting Problem

10 May 2013 | by | Posted in: Training

Dogs are cute, adorable, loving, caring, kind, and loyal at superlative levels. The love and loyalty that dogs shower upon their owners can barely be reciprocated by anyone else. These tender animals believe in giving their heart and soul to their owners and everyone who touches their lives.

However, it is not enough to just adopt a dog and expect him to be the ideal dog. Of course every dog is a delight but a lot depends on how you nurture him. You can’t expect him to learn where to go potty and where to sleep on his own. You can’t expect him to learn to sit when you want him to on his own. These are habits that you have to incorporate in your dog right from the day you bring him home. Different dogs have different mindsets, traits, and behavior. Each dog, thus, has to be dealt differently. There may be basic rules of training dogs that apply to all dogs but if you want to properly train your dog, you have to tweak the basic rules and add a few more techniques based on his behavior. For example, there are many dogs that are overexcited and enthusiastic. You have to teach him not to jump on every stranger he sees because not everybody appreciates it.

Likewise, there are dogs that are aggressive. They are overly protective or scared and that causes them to start biting. They even end up biting their owner if they feel threatened. This type of behavior is, needless to say, very dangerous. This is why it is very important to teach your dog that biting is wrong. It might take a lot of patience but in the end he will stop biting and will turn into a pleasant and adorable dog that can easily be approached. How can you train him though? There are a few ways that you could adopt. First up, research the breed of your dog and find out if these dogs are naturally aggressive and overly protective. If yes, you need to pay more attention to your dog. If these dogs are not timid, simple training steps will help.( Dog Training - An Inside Story )

Here are a few tips that you could follow in order to train your dog to stop biting:

dog bitingSocialization

Dogs that have not been socialized and are not used to company generally have a biting problem. If they don’t meet new people as puppies, they grow up to liking only the company of their owners. When someone else approaches them, they naturally feel threatened. That makes them growl and bite.( How to Train A Dog)

Thus, the most basic step to stopping biting problem is socialization. Take him to new places, make him meet new people, and let him get adapted accordingly. When he grows up, he will be highly approachable. Socialization is the key to putting an end to biting problems in dogs. The sooner you do this, the better for you and your dog.


Spaying your dog will make him less aggressive and more approachable. Studies have proven that dogs that are spayed are friendlier than dogs that aren’t. If you plan on having your dog mated, go ahead and find a good kennel to make that possible. Once the mating is done, you should spay him. No dog should be allowed to mate after the age of five years. Indeed, spayed dogs are calmer.

Another evidence suggests that dogs that are not spayed and not even mated are usually more prone to depression and loneliness. They have no option but to curb their vigor and that goes down negatively. Thus, it is better for the dog if you have him spayed.

NO Assumptions

Sure, your dog is of the timid and calm breed and sure he has never shown signs of aggressive but that does NOT mean that he will NEVER bite. There are circumstances under which any dog will bite. Don’t make any kind of assumptions, thus, and be on the look out at all times.

When you take him out, always make him wear a dog leash. Buying a retractable leash if your dog is aggressive is a good idea. You will have better control on his movements.

Pay Very Close Attention to Obedience Training

Right from the day you bring your dog home, start training him to listen to you. Start with basic commands and then go to complex commands. Teach him step by step with a lot of patience so that he learns to obey you. Once he starts obeying you, his tendency to bite will also come down.

While training him, don’t EVER use harsh words or reprimand him. Aggressive dogs will bite you if you get harsh. Timid dogs will grow distant from you because of your harsh behavior. In both cases, your dog won’t learn what you are trying to teach him. Instead, you should be really nice and use positive reinforcement techniques to teach him how to behave. Equip yourself with treats when you train him. Pet him, praise him, and give him a dog treat for every command that he obeys. If he does not obey you, ignore him. Soon he will understand that you ignore his bad habits and reward his good habits. He will learn what to do and what not to do accordingly.

Don’t Try Suppressing Dog Growls

Dog growling is natural. When he growls, take it as a sign that he is going to bite and back off! Don’t train him to stop growling. If you do and if he learns not to growl, you will be caught unaware when he bites.

Use his growling to know when to back off and you will avoid many biting incidents. But that is not it. You should take another step to stop him growling on his own accord. How? By making him adapt to the given situation. For example, if he growls when a stranger approaches him, use that to train him not to get angry. Whoever the stranger is, make sure he is timid, nice, and is talking sweetly at all times. If your dog meets him twice or thrice, he will grow accustomed to him, and will allow him to come closer automatically.

If all fails, talk to a trainer to help you out. Remember that dogs don’t know ‘hate’. Dogs bite only when they are threatened or scared. Don’t let your dog feel intimidated and you will be just fine.


hi..thank you for sharing that informaton.i think its helpful for new dog owners.spclly ppl who adopt a large breed dog.however there's more i'd like to hear on this topic.the pointers are really helpful to prevent unwanted behaviour in dogs..bt what if the dog has grown out of puppy stage and is alredy aggressive.i hav a 18 month old male GSD.he s very playful and energetic.however he is not dominant and is very well trained.infact i hav taken utmost care to ensure this.i lead the walk,i eat before him, i correct him wenever he is wrong and refrain from hitting himhowever over the past 6 months or more he mst'v had atleast 8 fits of aggression,during which he has bitten me. and 2 occasions were real bad.so do have some suggestions or tips fo me???plz help..

By: joe | 20 Aug 2013

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