Teaching Your Dog To Stop Biting

People seeking dog training advice are generally trying to find a way to teach their dog either to do, or not do, something, whether it is biting, chewing, chasing cars, jumping, barking, whining, and so forth.  In this article, we will focus on how to stop your dog from biting .

Putting an end to bad behavior such as allowing puppies to bite during play is something countless dog owners need to do sooner.   To prevent the problem down the road, it should be addressed at an early age, even though nipping during play is natural.

Serious problems and injuries can happen if dogs grow up biting, although, most times it is unintentional.   A chronically biting dog is generally considered a public nuisance and a danger, and can be taken from you and euthanized.   Therefore, don’t take this problem lightly .

* Provide your dog with chew toys and teach him to use them rather than fingers, hands, feet, and your personal belongings – always firmly tell the dog “NO” when a violation occurs, and immediately provide him with a chew toy, hoof, sow’s ear, or bone.

* When your puppy nips your hand, loudly yell and let him know it hurts; cease playing with him for a few minutes to indicate to him this behavior resulted in the end of your play time together.  Resume playing after about 5-10 minutes (consider this similar to a “time-out”), and if he does it again, repeat the procedure.  He’ll catch on.

* If you are dealing with an older dog, especially one with a history unfamiliar to you, biting could be a result of various things.  The dog may have been abused, he may have a medical condition that should be attended to, or he was never taught to play as a puppy and spent much of his time isolated without guidance.  This situation usually require the advice of a veterinarian to address any potential medical concerns, and if a physical cause is ruled out, consult a professional dog trainer for dog training advice.

* Until you isolate what is causing your dog to bite, he needs to be restrained and possibly even muzzled around others.   This is not only for your protection, but also for the protection of the dog as well.

* Unless you are a dog training professional and training a dog specifically for guard dog use, do not reinforce or instigate aggressive behavior.  This can lead to a potentially dangerous animal that could severely injure or possibly even kill someone.

* It is recommended to seek help from a professional dog trainer if you have an already aggressive dog.  You could do much more harm than good if you are not trained in this area.   Specific guidelines must be followed for dogs classified as aggressive.

* There is a difference between playful biting and aggressive biting, learn to tell the difference .  Aggressive biting is usually accompanied by growling, crouching, showing teeth and staring .  A playful nip or snatch is different and not accompanied by other signs of aggression, but should be discouraged nonetheless.

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