A brand new puppy is a source of pure pleasure and joy in a family. That is until the puppy starts to bite! Little children get scared and parents are frustrated. After all, this little dog is supposed to be a beloved family pet. How can they bond with the new dog if it bites?
First of all you need to understand why a puppy bites. By nature, puppies do not bite out of spite or meanness. For a puppy, biting is a way to play. This is how they interacted with their litter mates. A puppy sees biting as a part of their social make up. Once humans understand how the puppy acts, it is much easier to accept the biting and to help the puppy learn to break the habit.
If you have the chance to observe your puppy with his litter mates it will help you understand how to interact with your new pet. If this is not possible, these few tips can help you train your dog.
When a dog bites one of his litter mates to the point of pain, the other dog will yelp. Immediately the dog will stop biting. If you do the same, the dog will quit biting you as well. Teach other family members to yelp or make a loud noise when the puppy bites it will begin to learn that this is unacceptable behavior.
Just like babies, puppies like to chew on things. It helps to develop their jaw muscles and works their teeth. Providing chew toys for the dog will not only help keep them from biting your family members, it will also help save your shoes and furniture!
Puppies are very social animals, they love to play and be around people. If you quit playing with your dog when he bites he will soon get the message that it is unacceptable behavior. On the flip side, because dogs like to please, he will try to have in a manner that causes you to praise him. So, make sure you give the dog a lot of attention and praise when he is behaving properly.
The most important thing you need to remember is consistency. The dog will learn the correct behavior quicker if everyone in the family is consistent in training. Teach even small children what to do if the dog nips or bites. Make training the dog a family affair and every one will rejoice when the dog makes progress!
Like little children, puppies take patience. Do not expect him to stop the behavior overnight. These things take time and gentle reminding. With constant reminding and diligence in training you can help your puppy stop biting and become a lifelong friend.