I write about Lou quite a bit, I mean honestly Cat Momma to the extreme right? Well over the past 14 months Lou has made a few new fur friends. Meet Wolfie ( the Senior) and Keli (the pup). If you follow us you will have seen many an adventure of the three amigos and sometimes just two of them. Having Keli around reminded me of when we first got our Siberian Husky, Alert,when I was a child, Realizing that pups are just like toddlers and similar to children some have biting issues. Come’on you know what I am talking about right? Well let’s see what we can do to fix that issue.
Puppies and Biting
As soon as their teeth grow a bit, puppies will start biting.
While this is usually a playful behavior meant to explore bodily functions, it is also something that can cause issues. Sharp teeth will start bruising and cutting your skin and can also pose a hurdle when socializing with other dogs.
If your dog gets used to biting, this may even prevent you from going outside.
Luckily for you, there are ways to prevent it.
The secret lies in proper training, says Lene from Kaufmanns Puppy Training. Even if you’re a newbie, the basics are pretty simple so you will learn them in no time. However, before we get more into training, let’s see why are puppies biting and how much of a problem it can be.
Importance of teeth
We don’t have to tell you how important teeth are for dogs.
Besides the fact they used them for eating, they are also an important tool for socialization. They use teeth in various ways during social interaction and arguably, they are much more important than their paws in that regard.
This is why a dog has to learn how to use teeth properly.
While they use their mouth from the first days, their teeth start growing somewhere along the way. At one point, teeth will become really strong able to chew through meat and bone. At first, dogs will not be aware of their bite and will continue playing as if they were little pups.
You are the one that needs to teach a puppy how to use their teeth properly. Strong biting should be strictly forbid as it can be really harmful. Keep in mind that pups usually don’t have their mothers nearby so you will have to fulfil this function educating them along the way.
How to Puppy Biting training?
Most new owners are quite timid when training a dog for the first time. They don’t know what’s required from them and how to do it. But trust me when I say that the process is rather straightforward and anyone can do it.
Training are usually very similar; at least when it comes to basics. It all comes to instilling discipline in a pup and creating long-lasting habits. In other words, it is very important to start early and to be consistent.
Given that dogs cannot understand us and receive most instructions by reading our body language, it is very important to send the same message every time. Be persistent and keep repeating one and the same thing until they get it.
1) Very important thing for dogs is establishing a hierarchy. They need to understand that you’re in charge and no matter what they want, your word is final.
2) Biting is something that appears rather early. Although dogs constantly use their mouth for interaction and nibbling, it becomes an issue when their teeth grow up. So, as soon as you notice they are developing a bite, you need to intervene.
3) Best way to approach things is by shouting. If a dog notices that its behavior is hurting you, it is likely to stop biting. You need to be vocal and make sure it gets the message.
4) However, some puppies will continue biting regardless of your attempts. If this is the case, you need to take things one step further. First, stop playing with it. If a dog doesn’t get what it wants, it will more likely change its behavior. If even that doesn’t work, you can try by completely ignoring it.
In some cases, dog will be relentless no matter what you do. In such situations, you have to remove it from your vicinity and put it in a punishment. Keep in mind that a puppy has to understand what it has done wrong; you need to react as soon as the bite has happened.
With these simple rules, everyone can become a puppy trainer.
Just make sure to be consistent and that a dog understands what you’re asking from it. Oftentimes dogs simply don’t get your message and continue behaving in the same manner. You are the one responsible for it, and if you set proper rules, there will be no issues going forward.