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Stop Your Puppy Biting - 2 Methods

Aug 18, 2007
If you are having dog problems at home try these two things.

Method 1. Fear biting & how dog training can stop it.
A high proportion of unacceptable behavior involves the dog biting someone. Aggression that arises from dominance accounts for much of this, but fear biting occurs regularly in dogs that are less dominant. The only way a dog has of protecting himself is to bite his perceived attacker or to run away. Fear biting will occur if the dog cannot run away.

Fear of the unknown is usually the problem. If a dog does not meet many people as a puppy, he may, depending on his natural disposition, regard people as a whole as the unknown, and react accordingly. Early training will almost always prevent this reaction.

If early contacts are insufficient and the dog is nervous of people he does not know, there is no substitute for slow and careful broadening of the dog's circle of acquaintances, as a first step in dog training until he has met so many people that nobody seems to be a stranger.

Method 2 . Blowing raspberries
Simply blow a gentle raspberry when your puppy is gently chewing your hand.Make sure you do this in a gentle way. As soon as he starts to chew, blow a gentle raspberry in his face. The pup will stop in surprise, and try chewing again, so again blow another raspberry. Your dog will usually then lick you.

So you then give long, calming strokes to show you are friends, and to reward him for licks, not bites.
Use longer, slower strokes as they are more calming than faster movements, a good initial process in good dog training.

Don't blow loud raspberries with an excited pup, or you will encourage even wilder behaviour, do it gently when the pup is peaceful. Also give your pup a substitute more acceptable for chewing.

Method 3. Do not let visitors encourage biting
You can also teach your pup not to paw you as you teach them not to play bite, though not everyone minds being pawed.

Remember that a pup has to be able to gain your attention somehow, for example, if he wants a wee.Your pup is much more likely not to play bite if others react the same way when he does it.

If you let a visitor or other member of the household rough up your pup and thereby encourage him to play bite, he won't get the message at all! It's particularly important for children to take part in this training, because it's so important for your pup to behave well with them.

It's much safer for kids to ignore the pup than blow raspberries, unless you are confident they are able to do it very gently and only when the pup is relaxed, just in case the kids go to far and wind the pup up with big noisy raspberries! In any event, this method usually works fast, or doesn't work at all, so if it fails, try something else.

Your puppy may continue to play bite in spite all your efforts. This is especially so with pups taken on when they are older, if no one has yet taught them how to behave.
About the Author
Arthur Stoller, the dog trainer, interviewed 100 Top Breeders and reveals his 48 inside secrets to picking a healthy, fit, and happy puppy, that you can start training today !
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