The BIGGEST Mistake People Make With A Puppy Biting Problem

Puppy biting is one of the mostfrustrating things to deal with. And a lot of people feel like they’vetried absolutely everything and it seemslike their puppies juststill want to bite them. But we’re going to talk to you todayabout a few things that we actually dowithout knowing it,that actually provoked the dogsto nip and bite at us today. I’m going to go through a few stepswith this little black lab puppy,Hank,who’s been struggling a little bit withhis family thinking that he can nip andbite everything. My name is Kayl McCann. Welcome back to McCann dogs. In our training facility,we have helped tens of thousands ofpuppy owners with their puppy training. And,um,we see a lot of the peoplemaking the same mistakes. And one of the best ways to get rid ofpuppy nipping is to learn how to actuallyavoid getting into theissue in the first place. The biggest mistake that people makewhen they have a puppy biting problem isthey don’t even realize that they’reactually doing things for the puppy thatprovoke them to bite. So today I’m going to talk to you abouta few common things that people doaccidentally that caused the puppyto nip and what you should be doingdifferently to have better success. Now let’s talk about the first thingand that is playing with our puppies. Now,a lot of people make themistake I’m making right now. And I get right down on the floor witha puppy and they let the puppy jump attheir face and let them go crazy. And when puppies like thisand they’re up near your face,it’s really common forthem to try and fight. So I don’t want to be playing withmy puppy if I’m having a puppy,um,issues this way. So I still do want to play,but I’m going to play in a bitmore of a controlled manner. So I’m going to change mybody posture a little bit,and I’m going to play with them. I’m going to gently pushthem way a little bit. I might wiggle my fingers and pullthem away just to provoke some play,but then I’m going to teachhim that I want him to be calm. So I’m going to put my hand in hiscollaring in a steel piece of food here,and I’m just going to workon getting him to settle. Good boy. Nice. So I am preventing the bitingfrom happening by teachingwhat I wanted him to doinstead. So once he’s finished this treat,I’m going to try and provokeplay again and again,before he gets too ramped up,I’m going to have him settle and we’regoing to learn to be able to playtogether,but in a bit more of a controlled manner. Ooh,that was a chewy one. Ready,playtime,playtime. Now he wants to play with the lines. I’m just gonna move it. Try to provoke him with me instead pup,pup,pup,pup,pup. Yay. Good boy. Settle. Yes. Good boy. Now,I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. I don’t have the food inmy hand when I’m playing,because this is a veryfood motivated puppy. And if I was to hold the food in my hand,he would just want to follow it aroundand he wouldn’t actually play with me. So I have it just handy offto the side so I can grab it. That was so good,mr. Very nice. So short little spurts of play,keeping your body posture up a littlebit taller so that you stay safe. Notice I have a little leash on him,so I have great control and I’m teachingmy puppy how to play appropriately. Now another common place that puppiesend up doing a lot of nipping and bitingis when we go to hook theirleash onto their collar. So before I even practice that,I need to condition my puppy to be verycomfortable with me putting my hand inhis collar. So when I do need to hook that leash up,he’s very confident with that. So I have food in my handhere with my free hand,I’m just going to put my hand in hiscollar and I’m going to reward him and wecall this collar grabbing. And again,the word grabbing sounds pretty scary,but we’re making it pretty fun becausewe’re associating some treats here,right?So I’m going to bring them over. I’m going to try that again. I’ve engaged them with some food. I’m gonna grab his collar. Yes. Good boy. And I’m going to practice this tonsand tons and tons of time so that he issuper comfortable withseeing hands come in. Yeah. And then understanding good things happen. Now,once you practice grabbing the collar,the next exercise is to work onbeing able to attach the leash. We find them a lot of puppiesget really crazy in this moment. So I’m going to show you a little trickthat we do to help calm the puppiesdown. So if I am approaching him,even if I’ve led him out of this crate,what I can do is take a couple of treatsand I can just toss them on the groundjust to get them a bit busy. I can get my leash ready. And as soon as I get his focus again,I can lure him into a sit. Yes. Good boy. And then as he’s sittingand eating his treats,I can hook his leash on. Yes. And then I’m going to reward him again. But when I feed him,I’m going to lure him backinto that sitting position. Good boy. Yes. Good. And I can try taking his leash off. Yes. Good boy. And then putting his leash on. Yes. Good Again,try and keeping him in that sit. Good boy. Good for you. Yes. Yay. Excellent. And then when I’m ready,OK!Good Boy. So I can start to train mypuppy to maintain a sit ashis leash goes on and off. Oh my goodness. Yes. All for rewards. And you can see how quickly Hank says,I like this game,mom,you putting this,treat this leash on me. Yes. Good boy. Now,as we were shooting here,Hank happened to find one of my slippers. And I want to just walkyou through what to do. If your puppy does steal somethingthat they’re not supposed to have. And this is a really common place. Then when we try to take things from them,they want to nip and bite at us. Now you’ll notice we havethis little line attached. We call these house linesand this is to enable and us,us to have control over our puppies. We can’t just run awayand steal and wreck it. So what I don’t want to do is justwalk up and show him some food,because I don’t want him to thinkthat chewing slippers equals treats. So instead,I’m going to take the line. I’m just going to immobilize. I’m going to pull them away from the,slipper. Good boy. And then I’m just going to have himsettle and be calm for a second using theline. Yes. Good boy. Good. Now I’m going,just going to have the slipper out. Nope. Yes. Good boy. And I’m just actuallyput my foot on the line. Good boy. Good boy. Oops boy. And we’re going to redirect him. Oops. Yes. Good boy. Good. Oh,you’re going for the treat. Good boy. Yes. Good boy. Oops. Yeah. Good Boy!So I just use a little verbal,a tiny little leash direction. Oh my goodness. And then lots of praise and genuine rewardwhen he’s making good choices can bewalk by it. Oh my goodness. He is such a good,oops. Oops. Yes. Good baby. Do you see how quick the timing is?The moment he goes for the slipper,I need to address,I need to address it. Good boy. I need to address it right away andthen get him doing something else. Now it’s really common when we get apuppy that we want to have them up on thecouch with us and up on the bed with us,we can have a big snuggle fest,but this is actually a really commonplace for puppies to do a lot of nippingand biting. And the reason for that is that wehave them up sort of at our level,the puppy’s sort of feel,you know,a little bit big fortheir britches at times. And they’re more prone to being a littlebit more wild and crazy and do somenipping and biting. So,um,rather than having them up on the couch,especially if you’re having problemsor puppies being a little bit crazy,like this one,teach your puppy how to becalm and relaxed when you’resitting with your familyon the couch by givingthem something else to do. So instead,I’m going to teach Hankhow to lay calmly here. Now you’re going to do this when youdon’t actually want to sit down and watchTV. You’re going to do this when you havea few moments to do some training. So I have my leash on,I have some treats and I’m just goingto lure him into a down position. Yes. Good boy. And I’m going to reward him there. And then I’m just going to sortof sit up tall for a second. You’ll notice he popped upand he wants to leave the bed. So I’m going to use a bit of foodto lower him back into position. Good boy. I actually start to teach an onyour bed command on your bed. Good boy. Yes. And I’m just going to rewardhim for hanging out here. Yes. There we go. Good boy. And as he continues to hold position,I’m going to reward him. Good boy. Yes. Teaching him that. Hanging out on this bed is a really goodplace for him to be when the family’sall in the living room. I can’t get my treats out. Fast enough. Thank you max. Here we go. Look because the lure him into a downagain and luring and into a down because Idon’t want to reward himfor jumping up near me. Yes. There we go. Now in the beginning,my rewarding is going tohappen really frequently. So he doesn’t have an opportunityto get up and move away. But as he,yes,as he starts to get the hang of this,I’m going to start to delivermy food a little bit slower. So again,I got the puppy up,so I’m going to lure him backinto position before rewarding. Yes. Good boy. And then the whole key to success hereis to make sure that I release him. So it’s my idea that he gets up. Okay. Hey,so short little spurts,lots of times. And you’re gonna find it very,Oh,look at that very quickly. Your puppy’s going to say thisposition is pretty darn cool. What a good babe. Yes. Now I have a bit of awild puppy on my hands. So as I talked to youabout the next point,I’m actually just going to give Hanka little bone here and this is to helpteach him to be calm and relaxedso that as I’m speaking to you,I don’t have a puppy that,you know,isn’t a situation there wherehe needs to be disciplined. I’m staying ahead of the game and I’mgiving him something to distract him. So he portray some good behaviors. Now,the next thing that I wanted to mentionis that a common misconception orunderstanding about nipping and bitingis that dogs are going to grow out of iteventually. Or another thing thatwe hear a lot is that,Oh,well,it didn’t really hurt that much. You know,he’s just mouthing my arm. So that’s okay. And um,we have one really easy,really rule to followwhen we’re teaching puppy,dog biting. And that is no mouthson skin clothes ever,no matter what,no matter how hard,how soft we want to be reallyblack and white with our rules,with your,our puppies,because it’s much easier for themto understand our expectations. It’s very false to think thatpuppies will grow out of it. They’re babies. And they’re learning how to controlthings investigating with their mouths. That’s what they do is as puppies. And we need to let them knowthat when it comes to humans,you know,your family members,your kids,your friends,that using their mouth onhumans is just not okay. So we know having highexpectations is important,but we also know that dogsreally do well with consistency. And you know,if we’re trying to stop puppy biting,we need to consistently stop puppy biting. So that means if there’scertain situations thatyour puppy is more prone tobiting,it’s important that everybody’s onboard to prevent that from happening. So,you know,if you’re getting a lot of puppy nippingwith different family members duringplaytime or whatnot,then you want to try toavoid those situations. So your puppy is not rehearsing,making poor choices. Another common time that puppies tend todo a lot of nipping and biting is whenwe’ve gone out,we’ve come home from work and we greetthem at the door and they’re reallyexcited way. So rather than when I comehome from work or out,I don’t want to come in the door andlet my puppy be loose and greet him in areally crazy manner. That’s going to provoke himto be overexcited and biting. Instead,I’m going to leave my puppy ina crate so that as I come in,I can be calm. I can approach my puppy and I can letthem know that being calm and quiet is agood thing. Good,good. Yes. And again,when you come home,don’t make a big deal out of it. Be nice and calm because we don’t wantthe puppy being overexcited in theircrate. Oh my goodness. You’re so good. And that at this point Icould calmly take him out,hook his line on and we cango for a little potty break. The purpose of this video is to give youguys more tools on how to prevent puppybiting in the first place,by making better choices about howwe’re interacting with our puppies. Now,if you’d like to check out some morevideos specifically on puppy bitingtraining,check out that playlist right there. Now,if you’d like to train with us on amore regular basis to help you with yourpuppy training,you can check out our supported onlinepuppy class called Puppy Essentials. And you can find the link belowin the description on that note. I’m Kayl. This is puppy Hank happy training season.

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