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Training Your Puppy Not to Bite

25 Mar 2009 | by Deepak | Posted in: Training

Puppies can definitely be a handful at times, but most of those problems which drive you crazy now will only get worse if you don't deal with them while your puppy is young. That's why knowing the proper correction techniques now is going to save you a lot of headaches later.

Correcting your puppy when he bites is especially important. A puppy who learns biting is acceptable behavior because he is never properly corrected becomes a dog who uses his teeth to get his way and that's not something you want in your home.

Leave your dog in timeout until you can hear him calm down. Don't release him while he is still crying or making a fuss. If you do, you'll be telling him that behavior is a good way to get out of the crate.

Biting can be a serious problem, so if your dog is already showing signs of being a biter, you may need to consult

 

If your dog tries to bite you while he's on-leash, give a strong tug upward on the leash as a correction. Continue to do this until he stops biting you and until he calms down.In both cases, you should praise your dog when he stops biting. This might be hard because you'll feel angry and maybe even a little scared of him, but you must reinforce the behavior you want if you want to stop the bad behavior.

 

You need to realize that no biting should be acceptable from any dog. If you have a Boxer, for example, you probably already realize that even though puppy bites don't hurt and won't usually leave a permanent injury, things will be very different when he becomes an adult. The same is true for smaller dogs as well. A Chihuahua should be corrected just as consistently as a Chow when it comes to biting.

Another mistake people sometimes make is allowing their dogs to gnaw on them during the teething period because it helps them feel better. The dog is getting positive reinforcement from having a human hand or finger inside its mouth. That means he's going to do it more often and may begin to be more forceful about it, even after the teething stops.

If your dog bites you while off-leash, then you should jerk your body part away from him and say “No Bite!” as loudly and angrily as you can. The deeper and meaner you can make your voice the better. If the dog persists in trying to bite you, you should immediately take him to his crate and give him a timeout. You should leave the room during this time if possible. The idea behind the timeout is that your dog wants to spend time with you more than anything else. Taking that away is going to be a severe punishment in his eyes. Incidentally, make sure the crate does not contain anything other than your puppy during timeout – no toys, blankets, treats, etc.

Comments

Runni
really useful tips

By: Runni | 25 Mar 2009

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