5 Tips For Training A Puppy Not To Bite

Puppies are quite cute. Anyone who has seen a puppy certainly knows that. But, there is something about a puppy that isn’t so cute after all. It is that a puppy bites at the fingers of someone. Biting is a natural behavior for puppies because they are going through the teething process in which they seek to reduce the discomfort of their developing teeth by biting on to something.

But, what is unacceptable is for a puppy to be biting on somebody’s fingers – or toes for that matter. Sure, it may seem harmless for a puppy to bite a finger, but as a puppy’s teeth become sharp as he/she develops throughout his/her puppyhood, getting bitten can be dangerous for humans who interact with puppies. So, you certainly don’t want to end up getting bitten by a puppy with sharp teeth. Here are the tips to help you with training a puppy not to bite.

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1. Use A Tasting Deterrent

What you will want to do is to use a tasting deterrent in an effort to stop your puppy from biting you, especially if you are going to be interacting with the puppy a lot. If you don’t know what a tasting deterrent is, it is what you use to make something taste bad to a dog. If something doesn’t taste good to a dog, he/she most likely won’t want to bother biting or chewing on something.

One of the most recognizable tasting deterrent is the Grannicks Bitter Apple Taste Deterrent. Just spray it on your hands to discourage your puppy from biting them. Your puppy will understand better not to bite you or somebody else if he/she starts to associate that with being treated to something that tastes bad.

2. Give Your Puppy Something Else To Bite And/or Chew On

Remember that puppies go through the teething process as they develop. So, if you don’t want your puppy to be biting on your fingers, you are going to want to provide him/her with a better alternative to your fingers. A chew toy is one such alternative. I would recommend that you order some Kongs as those are designed to be long-lasting, providing your puppy with something to chew on for a long period of time.

Not only that, but you can stuff those Kongs with delicious treats to delight your puppy once he/she finishes chewing them off. You will want to get the Kongs in the extra small size for your puppy. If that isn’t enough, you can move up one level and get them in the small size. As far as treats go, Canine Carry Outs Dog Treats is a great option. They come in different kinds of treats for you to choose from and rest assured, your fingers and toes won’t be among the options.

Treats are also highly effective in encouraging your puppy to exhibit good behavior and to obey you. So, you will want to use treats whenever you are training your puppy. Let’s try and train your puppy to sit down on your command and reward him/her with a treat when he/she does right by you. Oh and be sure that you break the treats down into small pieces before you give them to your puppy as so to ensure that he/she can better digest them.

3. Find An Alternative Way To Play With Your Puppy

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Puppies often bite their owners during interactions in which owners put their hands on their puppies. So, you will want to find a way to engage with your puppy without touching him/her with your hands. Playing a game of frisbee is a great way for you to play with your puppy in a contactless manner. Not only is playing frisbee fun for you and your puppy, but also, as your dog will be catching the frisbee, he/she will have something to bite on to.

If your puppy doesn’t know how to catch a frisbee, you can teach your puppy how to do that. You will want to use a soft frisbee for playing with your puppy as a frisbee that is hard can strain your puppy’s teeth. With that in mind, you will want the Hyper Pets Flippy Flopper Dog Frisbee. You can buy them in packs of two or five and they come in three different colors – blue, green, and pink.

With your puppy, I recommend that you throw the frisbee across the air at a lower height in order to make it easier for the puppy to catch it. So, don’t throw the frisbee too high.

4. Give Your Puppy Some Much Needed Exercise

You are going to want to give your puppy some much needed exercise. That will lead to a relaxed puppy since at least some of his/her pent-up energy will have been used up. A relaxed dog tend to be better behaved than the one with pent-up energy. So, take your puppy out for a walk in your neighborhood. In order to have the best effect of exercising your puppy during a walk, you will want the puppy to walk right at your side and at your speed rather than lagging behind you.

If your puppy doesn’t know how to heel on a walk, you can train him/her to do that. If your puppy is too scared to go for a walk, you may want to start here. My suggestion is for you to walk your puppy for around thirty minutes. Playing a game of frisbee is also great for exercising your puppy as he/she will constantly be running around in order to catch the frisbee.

5. Give Your Puppy A Time Out

If you have been playing around with your puppy and he/she attempts to bite your fingers, that is because he/she is too overly excited. So, as soon as that happens, it is time for you to give your puppy what is called a time out. You will likely be familiar with that term if you watch sporting matches like basketball. In the case of your puppy, a time out is when the playing stops and the puppy is taken to a room until he/she calms down.

So, take your puppy to a separate room and leave him/her there for a few minutes until he/she calms down, then you can let him/her back out and resume playing with him/her. Don’t furnish the room with any treats or chew toys, but you can reward him/her with a treat after he/she has calmed down and is allowed back out. Be careful not to act rough on your puppy when taking him/her to the room as that will only rile him/her up.

These are the tips I have for how you can go about training your puppy not to bite. What are your thoughts? Does your puppy try to bite you at all? Feel free to leave a comment down below.

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