How to Train Your Dog from Biting Lesson 2
Puppy biting is a common problem for many families. A mother dog that allows her puppies to mouth her when she tries to play with them is sending strong signals to them that biting is okay. If a puppy mouths her mother it is a punishment, and she knows that. Many times they will growl at their mother for playing with them in a rough manner, and she knows that too.
When a puppy mouths her litter mate, or another puppy, she is sending a message that she is confused and is in pain, as all puppies do. If you came up to me and your dog was playing with you, and your dog was mouthing you as if he knew you were coming up to him, and was being playful and biting, would you hold back the play? Mastiff puppies are doing the same thing, and it is for the same reason.
What to avoid
When your puppy first comes home with you, everything is new and exciting. He play with you, and nibble on you, and want to play. To him, it is perfectly natural, because his siblings are being with him in the house. The problem is when you allow this play one day, and then the next day he is trying to do that play, when you don’t want it, or try to stop it, you are sending confusing signals to your pup. If you allow his first play bite after 10-14 weeks of age, you may be creating a pup who bites all the time simply because he is a dog and dogs bite all the time, even puppies that bite everything, and also puppies that bite or nip litter mates at play.
Puppies that lack discipline and training may continue to have a tendency to bite in spite of your vocal adamantanes. Some people seem to think that by hitting their pup that the pup will then automatically know not to bite! This is a misconception. You cannot expect a dog to acknowledge your authority, and then wait for you to take action. If you hit your pup, you may very well encourage her to bite more in the future.
There are two important factors that you need to understand when it comes to dog biting:
The Correct Age From which to Teach the Biting
The ideal age that you are trying to teach your dog not to bite is when she reaches puberty, the equivalent of when a young boy reaches his pre-school Year 5. You may, if you wish, to start teaching your dog not to bite as early as 2-3 months old; however, it is far more effective to teach your dog biting lessons when she reaches this age.
The Most Effective Way to Teach your Puppy Biting Lessons
When you are trying to teach your puppy not to bite, there are two important lessons that you can take away with you from your ratchy puppy. The first is to inform your pup that biting is her worst mistake ever, and the second one is that you are neutered or spayed, and therefore, not suitable to be her next family.
Keeping these two lessons in mind, and when using a deep voice to discourage biting, you’ll be able to help your pets understand that biting is distasteful to you.
Not tolerating your puppy biting is the equivalent of slapping your child’s face in the face when they bite you. It does not teach them to avoid the particular pup physically; what it does is make them feel guilty about biting.
How to Teach your Puppy Not to Bite
When you arrive home to your new puppy, and she begins to show her teeth for the very first time, immediately change your tone of voice. Stop positive and encourage. Turn your back to her, fold your arms across your stomach and look away from her.
This is a behavior you are teaching her, that biting is not an acceptable behavior. Bite too hard, and then turn your back on her, fold your arms and ignore her.
This is the traditional route every puppy owner takes when teaching their puppy not to bite.
There is an added benefit to turning and ignoring her when she bites – it reinforces the idea that biting is not an acceptable behavior. It is the stubborn tendency of your puppy to continue with what she is doing regardless of your retraining – this is a problem that reinforces itself.
Hello Cruel Mother!
Some dogs respond to being surprised by a fast movements of the tail, or an abrupt sound, by reflexive biting. You can prevent this behavior by making a loud noise or Speak firmly to her face, to interrupt her thought process before she bites. This is the traditional way many puppy owners deal with a nipping puppy.
Many owners, however, feel bad and approve of their puppy biting them. They then reprimand their pup, but do not always work to stop the behavior.