How to Stop Your Puppy From Biting

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Teaching your puppy to stop biting requires consistency and hard work. Save your fingers from future pain by training your dog at a young age that biting and chewing is bad behavior.

Step 1: Play with your puppy, bringing attention to your hands
Sit on the floor with your puppy and play. Bring their attention to your hands by tapping the floor in front of them and wiggling your fingers.

Don’t scare your dog by tapping their face. Teasing might cause them to instinctively bite out of self-defense.

Step 2: Yell “Ow!” and stop playing when puppy bites
Loudly and sharply yell “Ow!” when your puppy bites you too hard. Quickly pull your hands away and immediately stop playing.

Step 3: Play again and see if they continue to bite
Play with your puppy again after a few minutes have passed. Again, draw attention to your hands, and see if they bite.

Step 4: Offer a reward if they don’t bite
Offer a treat or other reward if your puppy doesn’t bite your hand, and continue playing with them.

Step 5: Yell “Ow!” again; ignore for 20 seconds if they bite
Yell “Ow!” again if they bite you. Then turn away and ignore the dog or put them in a designated time-out spot. Wait 20 to 30 seconds before turning to them and trying again.

Choose a “time-out” spot for your dog, like a small room away from people, toys, and other animals; use this spot as a means of punishment. Never hit your dog to punish them.

Step 6: Be consistent
Be consistent in your training, practicing in short, 15-minute bursts of time as often as you can. Your dog will quickly learn that biting is a quick way to bring an end to the fun.

Did You Know?
Like humans, dogs have two sets of teeth — baby teeth and adult teeth. Around four months old, a puppy’s baby teeth start to fall out and their adult teeth grow in.

28 Replies to “How to Stop Your Puppy From Biting”

  1. I have a Chihuahua puppy. The yelling “owww” part is a no brainer. But thanks for the tip.

  2. I've done everything I've had dogs my life I'm 66 always had big dogs I've got a teacup Chihuahua and he's so aggressive my hands and legs feet are chewed up. I won't give up though he's getting better. He's just to cute but those teeth are like needles. Thank you for the input.

  3. It isn’t easy to get puppies to ???? biting these days. They’re cute and bite a lot.

  4. Tried it with treats, didn't even get to back turned or even ouch because so infatuated with playing with treat before eating. Totally calmed her down. She is 10 week pug girl.

  5. I swear to God this is one of the cutest dogs I've ever seen and I love it so much ???? ???? ????

  6. My puppy chihuahua bit my two year olds face bc she keeps wanting to pick her up. Should I just give her away? The dog ????

  7. You dont need a time out for a puppy ffs…just the sound and stop playing and then reward when they play without biting is enough…its cruel to put it on its own, its a pack animal and only a baby

  8. I have a german shepherd puppy with razor sharp baby teeth and when he plays he bites…bad. he bit my brother so bad that he left puncture wounds and started bleeding. We tell him no, reward him when he doesnt bite, give him a toy instead but it doesnt work. Help?

  9. puppy bites me
    Me: OWWWW!
    Dog : keeps biting

    Lol this actually happends to me I have a long scar that my dog Gabe me that's why today I was watching these

  10. My Chihuahua puppy is very agressive. Chihuahuas are known as a very agressive dog. I have tried these steps.. They haven't worked one bit. Any tips from fellow dog owners or Chihuahua owners ????????

  11. pop them besides the head with a firm weighty back hand… very effective message delivery

  12. That's a good way to do it. That's how my two adult dogs taught the puppy not to bite while playing. They'd yelp at her then stop playing. Took about a week for her to stop completely.

  13. No we want dogs to bite you dumbass I hate your channel now f*** you I hate you I wish I could go help and wish you never go in heaven

  14. I’m trying to train a German shepherd puppy but he really really hurts when he bites me so I don’t really want to let him chew my fingers!!!

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