PUPPIES

How to Train A Puppy Not to Bite or Teach Him Mouth Manners

Puppy trying to bite a finger
John Walton
Written by John Walton

Have you felt a sudden increase in love and bite from your pup recently? Has your puppy started biting everything on its way and around the hand? Are you tired of finding discarded footwear and other clothes dug deep into the compound land, right at your front door since a few days?

The answer to finding your culprit is not in rating the increased nature of mischief in your dog, but the active and healthy teething habits. Healthy teething and controlled biting relies on proper ways of t your puppy the basic manners to behave well in and around the house, crate, other animals, at night and with people. With the strength and effectiveness of your training, you will notice proper ways of communicating with your puppy, which involves how to stop puppies from biting. All this requires heavy dose of dedication, practice and love to train.

Why do puppies bite?

A puppy is just like a little baby that when it starts to teethe, everything in the world seems deliciously biteable. Additionally, you might misinterpret this as hunger or thirst, although this is his plain urge to bite everything and feel the power of his growing teeth. Pups bite because they do not have hands that are capable of investigating and realizing the things around them. He sniffs, bites, cracks and chews everything that is around him.

Puppy biting shoe

Just as us, in our infancy as we would have continued to bite everything within our crawl’s reach, we would also have turned out into biting creatures on four limbs of equivalent incapability and capabilities hadn’t we learned mouth manners. It is important to be physically present to help train your pup to understand that he has powerful, sharp and painful teeth while teaching your puppy how not to bite.  They have to, be, repeatedly told about the harm that the biting causes in the due course of growing up.

Every animal, while growing up, learns the ways and abilities of the physical and mental power of the self through endless games and playtimes. Just as you involve your baby, if at all, to be perpetually engaged, you must make sure that your pup is perpetually engaged in order to notice his ways of teething and biting.

A pup should be trained from the very beginning that nothing is a game or a passing act, but an important lesson to learn and recognize.  There are many ways to get the attention of your pup to teach and train him to notice and concentrate on your way of conveying him any message.

Teaching your puppy mouth manners

In order to teach and train your puppy mouth manners, you must first teach him when to bite, chew and eat; and what not to as well.  Mouth manners encompasses variety of biting, sniffing and recognising techniques to teach your dog so that he is not confused about what he uses his mouth for.  Teaching the tactics of bite inhibition to your tender little pup is a little touch unless he is too distracted around you.

Puppy biting

Biting and holding into the flesh after is not a sign of your pups violence streak, but energy stored in him to vent out daily. One must take care to train and exercise the dog enough too wears him out, almost above average to grab his attention span effectively.

There are many techniques and methods to train your dog to grow through the time of learning what to do with their mouths. Some of these methods of teaching your puppy how not to bite is:

  • Making your pup understand your pain
    Play with your pup as you regularly do. Now, wait till your pup bites you. Yelp loudly and wait for your pup to realize his mistake and stop biting. Withdraw the hand and wait for 20 minutes. Ignore your pup for the same duration of time. Little pups are not aware of the reason or timing that the bite is deeper, painful or harmful to the finger as they consider the whole of the company with another person or dog as playtime.
    With the vigour, rush and honesty of the playtime with you, there is a fine chance that your pup can end up biting your finger or hand deep. You must instantly cry-out loud like a yelp. Your pup will immediately withdraw from the act of biting you. If he does not, it is time that you did more obvious withdrawal mechanisms to teach him that biting hard is not acceptable. You can also restrict your puppy to licking your skin, but never chewing, nibbling or biting.
  • Give treats when your pup licks or rubs his face against you
    The best way to educate your little puppy to curb the habit of biting us is by appreciating and rewarding him whenever he withdraws himself from biting restricts himself to licks. Proper mouth manners are quintessential for a puppy to develop good habits of mouth manners. Praise, acknowledge and reward him with taste treats and little bites so that he understands which is acceptable to be, done with the mouth and which is not.
    At maximum, resort to the least of punishments and harsh dialogues so as not confuse your pup’s comprehension skills into abject confusion. Jerking your own fingers, numbing or limping them when your puppy bites can help your give the right signal to your pip as well.  Whenever your puppy comes close to you, rubs his fur against your legs and licks you, it is time that your respect his love and respond with treats or caresses.
  • Ignoring technique to avoid dangerous bites:
    Another effective technique to teach your puppy to understand that it is not acceptable to bite is through repeated and consistent reactions of ignoring their movements and actions soon after a bite. This is called a time-out, wherein the person who was bitten engages into active ways of ignoring the puppy without mercy. This will register a strong message akin to the time that puppies fight, get injured form others bites, yelp and stop playing with the rest of the litter and such.
    Hence, yelp loud, withdraw your hands and ignore the puppy for 2-3 minutes. Repeat the game, withdraw whenever your pup shows sign of biting, with a yelp and ignore its presence while teaching your puppy how not to bite!
  • Teach commands:
    One must train the puppy to learn various commands by mouth, gesture, tone and volume to determine things to eat, and things not to. Dogs register commands easily when directed with gestures and tone similar as the previous practice. Teaching your pup to respond to your command takes sufficient time. Gradually, one must teach commands regularly and umpteen times to teach the skill of listening. Make your puppy ‘stay’, ‘heel’ and ‘listen’ to your while you are trying to teach him something.
    Teaching commands to your dog, involves the technique of communicating with your dog effectively to create a sense of support and belief of trusting you at every point of its fear. In the months of growing up, every puppy or animal undergoes its own set of fears and anxiety towards making sound, reacting to the name, gestures, potty training and spending the night alone or in a crate. One must teach the dog to respond swift and in complete submission anytime you command or gesture.
  • Teach to socialize:
    Another important aspect of the healthy growth of your puppy is dependent on it socializing skills. One might wonder what the necessity is for a dog to socialize, even if you let it to, would it? As much as the religious nature and regularity of taking your dog each day for a walk, you must train it to behave well and mannered towards other dogs and animals. Only through sufficient training in the company of other dogs and animals in the house or outside, does a dog, learn ways of socializing.
    Through effective skills of socializing, a puppy also learns to control aggression and adapt to the ways of training and societal rules as well as never feel lonely. A proper cure for undue aggression is to let your dog socialize every day with a set of dogs, people as well as other animals while teaching your puppy how not to bite.
  • Play other games:
    If your dog has completely stopped responding to the teaching techniques you employ to learn where and what to bite, it is time you teach it through other games. If your puppy keeps on biting till the sigh of blood sans any regard to your yelp, you should stop confusing it with varied games and mouth manners by sticking to one game that you regularly choose to practice with him. Teach your dog to play fetch, play whistle, play ball and other games to train obedience, commands and mouth manners through playtime.
  • Spray yourself:
    If your puppy continues to harm and pain you, while teaching your dog mouth manners, take care to spray yourself with a lotion or moisturiser so that your puppy keeps off your skin responding to the taste of the cream. Pups recognize the smells and warmth of a body to sense the person and respond playfully or neglected. Hence, buy as pray of the lotion that you use in order to keep your puppy as well as your fingers safe from infectious bites of your puppy.
  • Exercise your puppy:
    After umpteen attempts of teaching your puppy to be calm and gentle around people as well as yourself during his vigor to play the best, you must always play nibbling after thorough exercise. Good exercise wears out your puppy to the healthy and neutrally energetic to play with you. Dogs are known to be hyperactive, puppies much more active and hence, one should stick to strict practice of exercise every day before playtime.

Problems during teaching your dog, mouth manners

  • Perpetual depression/ mood swings
    A common problem during training your dog to healthy mouth manners is the perpetual depression or mood swings due to anxiety, punishments and confusion in the mind of your dog. You must take care to communicate clearly to your pup to help him overcome the fear and understand good behaviour. For a dog, chewing on everything that he sniffs is a necessity, so you must take care to teach it to chew on food and only food while teaching your puppy how not to bite.
  • Digestive ailments:
    Another common problem among puppies is that many digestive ailments makes them chew out on the flowers, plants, plastic, paper and trash to vent out the allergic feeling in the mouth and the tummy. Most dogs with sensitive stomachs and digestive ailments should be, taken exclusive care of, to teach mouth manners.
  • Aggression:
    If you poke the mouth of a dog, it will surely bite you. With a puppy, this is even more significant as he develops heavy aggression when you treat him with loud scolding and harsh punishments.  If your puppy is not, trained on the good aspects of mouth manners, it is significant that the end-result will be an abject communication to recognise real food from knick-knacks lying around.
  • Untimely or premature teething:
    Another common problem in pups is the untimely or premature teething, which makes them bite a lot. The fresh feeling of teeth grows a sensation to bite everything around to vent out the discomfort or newness.
  • Consistent disobedience:
    If a dog is hurt by your way of communicating and commanding it, consistent disobedience and ignorance is definite to be a few virtues that you will reap from your little guy.

The best way of determining the right time of teething and behavioral changes in your pup is through religious observation, care and awareness about your pup’s sensitivity issues, allergies and liking’s as well as dislikes.

And if you want to avoid that one day your dog will bite everything, you must learn him as soon as possible.

Dog bites infogrpahic

Every dog is different, just as us. One must teach a puppy with sufficient care and dedication to keep him healthy with the help of mouth manners that you veterinarian approves of. Strike a communication with your puppy, if you wish to train him any technique, command or gesture to follow or comprehend you while. Apart from that, continue loving, observing and caring your pup always while teaching your puppy how not to bite

Good Luck!

About the author
John Walton
John Walton

John Walton lives in Somerville, MA, with his two dogs, two sons, and very understanding mate. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator, and the Training Director for the New England Dog Training Club.

  • Therese Smithson

    Has anyone of you here tried the Petsmart Puppy Training class? It seems a great deal but would want to know your experiences regarding this. I also don’t want to waste money if it’s not reliable or effective. It’s basically a 6 week course that includes puppy socialization and other basic commands. Should I go?

    • John Walton

      If you have the time and money to enroll your dog to a training class, then go for it. While honestly there is no guarantee that it will work 100%, it is definitely worth the try because socialization (and the basic commands) are very helpful as the dog grows older.

  • Chynna Lambert

    When my puppy bites me (even mouthing), I give him ‘no’ in a very high pitched voice. That works at home especially when they are being so playful with my visitors.

    I never use my hands to stop him, because he may think I want to play with him too. Firm, stern look/gaze also works.

    • John Walton

      This is a quick and easy tip to try, Chynna. I agree that you should not associate your hands or gestures to stop him because they often misinterpret it.

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