A DOG expert found that getting your pup to stop biting is easier than you think.
dr Katrina Warren showed that this is a puppy’s most patient behavior and can be very painful due to their razor-sharp little teeth.
“Puppies explore the world through their mouths,” said Dr. Katrina.
“And while playful biting is a natural behavior, it’s important to encourage them to play appropriately and discourage biting.”
Share on 9 honeyshe shared her top three tips for curbing the behavior rather than waiting for your dog to “grow out of it.”
dr Katrina’s first tip was to get your puppies’ attention to the mouth biting by “getting their attention to an appropriate toy.”
You can also get them to perform a task like sitting, dropping, or performing a trick.”
“Be sure to reward their observance with treats and praise,” she said.
This teaches puppies the limits of their bite and makes them used to other dogs howling when they bite, said Dr. Katrina.
To teach your new pooch that biting hurts, “yelp loudly or say ‘ouch’ to mimic another puppy’s reaction when bitten.”
“When puppies play together, their interactions teach them the limits of biting,” the expert explained.
“Immediately withdraw attention and ignore your pup for a moment to teach him that biting too hard is the end of playtime.”
The last tip from Dr. Katrina was to work out a plan with your family to stop biting.
This includes always rewarding your pup with treats and praise when he plays gently and behaves well.
“Make a plan that everyone in the household agrees on,” she added.
“Avoid rough play with your puppy as this can encourage biting behavior.
“Be patient and consistent. You can guide your pup in appropriate play behaviors by redirecting and reinforcing desired behaviors.”
dr Katrina also stressed that young children should be supervised around puppies, as their excitement “can unintentionally lead to puppies being chewed.”