How can I stop my puppy’s biting?

THERE are a few methods to stop your puppy’s biting. The most important thing to remember is to stop the bad habit before it snowballs into a bigger problem.

Startle your dog and redirect his behaviour. Just as your puppy bites down, make a sudden, abrupt, high-pitched and loud ‘AWRP’ sound.

It’s the same sound a littermate would make if bitten by the puppy. The sound should be so sudden and sharp your puppy is immediately startled and stops the behaviour. If done correctly, you’ll be surprised how instantly your pup removes his mouth and looks bewildered.

At that point, quickly substitute a toy, such as a ball, your puppy can chew on. This redirects your puppy’s biting behaviour to the ball.

Also you can ignore your dog. Leave the room when your puppy bites. This is an easy training method that even children can use. Your puppy will learn that every time he bites he loses his playmate, and that’s no fun at all.

No matter what method you use, do not entice your puppy to bite you.

Games like tug-of-war and waving your hands in front of your puppy could encourage him to bite.

Little puppies like to chew on everything, from your fingertips to your socks.

But now is your chance to redirect his bad behaviour onto his toys. If you help him during this stage, he will easily grow out of it.

Good luck, have patience and always praise him when he stops any unwanted behaviour.

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