Training Your Puppy Not to Bite and Chew
Anyone who has ever taken a young puppy under their wing has had to deal with puppy biting and chewing. Training puppies not to bite your fingers and hands is one of the first puppy training tasks we, as dog owners undertake. Contrary to what you may have been lead to understand, this is not difficult, and I’ll show you how to do this in a quick and easy manner.
I’ll mention, here, that some dog trainers suggest giving a sharp scream when your puppy bites. The idea is to imitate the behavior of a litter mate. When you puppy stops biting, you then reward it with praise and a treat. Other trainers suggest a quick, mild rebuke to the puppy. However, I differ with these strategies, and I’ll outline what I think is a much simpler method to train your puppy not to bite.
I suggest putting this puppy training technique into practice at about 6 to 8 weeks. When the puppy starts biting your fingers, gentle but firmly hold its muzzle closed until it begins to whine. When it starts to whine, release the muzzle and let the puppy lick your hand (the puppy may or may not lick yoiur hand). You can also give the puppy a chew toy after you release the muzzle. Follow this procedure whenever your puppy wants to chew on your fingers. Within several days, perhaps even within one day, your dog will stop biting your fingers.
That’s all there is to it. Hard to believe, but this is an amazingly effective way to train puppies not to bite. I recall one instance where I was dealing with a high spirited poodle of about 9 to 10 weeks. When I first used this technique, the poodle gave the expected whine. I released the muzzle, the puppy sprang away and then very quickly came back and nipped my hand and then ran away. The poodle puppy wanted the last word, and this was cute and amusing. However, when the puppy dashed back to have one last nip at my hands, it did so softly. So you see, even after doing this just one time, the puppy had already begun to get the right idea.
I can’t recommend enough that you take the time to learn as much about dog behavior and dog training as possible. It won’t be long before you have a sound grasp of the fundamentals underlying most puppy training techniques.
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