Rescues and Shelters: This is because dogs tend to form groups and even at a young age, puppies use biting to try to set up their standing. Dogs have been a pet animal for so long that they have a tendency to regard humans as fellow members of the group. Before you take him to your home, if you're about to get a puppy, make sure he has stayed with her/his mother and the other puppies until he is about 8 to 10 weeks . Puppies will benefit more from this close proximity to their mother and the other members of the gang because this is where they learn how to behave. This will make easier for you to stop your puppy from biting.
Puppies, as soon as they can stand up and move, begin play-biting with their mother and other puppies. It's all fun and games for a while until one of them bites down too hard. They also play-bit their mother and if you've watched this activity before, you'll know that mother dogs don't usually mind. That is, of course, until the bite becomes harder and for this, the offending puppy gets reprimanded with a warning growl or a light snap.
By staying with his mother and other puppies in the litter long enough, a puppy learns to modify his behavior and refine his communication skills. By the time you take him home, he is better equipped to communicate properly, especially with other dogs and it will be easier to stop your puppy from biting.
Train your puppy. For starters, establish your leadership. Your puppy may be cuddly and vulnerable-looking, but he had wolves for ancestors. They respond to how the leader of the pack treats them. Make sure your puppy understands that he cannot bully you. If he starts to bite, react. Squeal if you have to. This way you can stop your puppy from biting.
Another way to stop your puppy from biting is to substitute your hand or leg with a toy. This will teach the puppy that he can bite other things but not your body parts. Use punishment, but not too harshly. If your puppy bites, hit his muscle very light. If he continues, hit a little harder. This doesn't mean you have to hit him too hard - you just have to give him a physical warning that's enough to show you do not like what he's doing. Just ignore his biting or walk away from him. Some puppies might look dejected if you do this and you might be tempted to go back and give him a pat, but doing so will make your puppy think that his biting is okay and this will not stop your puppy from biting. Give back your attention only as a means to reward good behavior.
Puppies who have been socialized can behave better than puppies that have not been exposed to other humans and animals. Do this before he is 3 months old. The more he is used to other people, the more he can behave properly ad you can stop your puppy from biting easily. Don't expect puppies to find out on their own how to behave.
If you have tried everything and yet you find no success to stop your puppy from biting don't lose hope.
Just keep on trying and you will succeed.
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