ARTICLES & ADVICE
FAMILY HISTORY & GENEALOGY
Dog - Preventing Puppy
Biting and Nipping
puppy bites and nips with those needle sharp, vampire-like teeth in
learn more about their environment. They have been practicing this
their litter mates since they were born and they don't understand that
are not as durable as their fur coated family members. Pups need to
inhibit their bite and to be gentle with humans and eventually to not
their teeth on us at all.
Over the years, lots of people have received the advice to flip their
his back every time their puppy bites. This is called an alpha roll
was quite popular in the 1970's, but for most people, this is not an
training tool. Many dogs will react badly to the alpha roll by becoming
aggressive because they now see their humans as being unpredictable,
frightening and possibly even as threatening their very existence.
there are alternatives to the alpha roll that will help your pup to
to have a soft mouth.
If you pup puts his mouth on you in a gentle manner, ignore it. You can
him that teeth aren't allowed on human skin. What you are teaching now
any bite contact should be soft. If you are petting pup and you get a
hurts, respond in a higher pitched voice with "Ouch" and walk away.
If pup follows and continues to bite, you will want to tether pup to a
object so you can move out of range. Wait 30 to 60 seconds and then
a calm fashion with your pup. If you get another hard bite, say
"Ouch" and walk away. You are teaching pup that this behavior makes
you go away and your clever pup will begin to understand this very
Every time pup bites hard, say "Ouch" and walk away. If pup mouths
you gently, say "Good" and reward with a treat and keep on paying
attention or playing with pup. You pup will quickly figure out that
gentle brings treats and continued interaction with you. This method
language your dog understands -- pup's littermates cease playing when
get too hard, and you are now speaking that same language. Puppies
learn a soft
mouth from their littermates, and they need 8 weeks with their dog
understand soft mouth and proper interaction.
Once your puppy has learned the basics of gently mouthing, you can
softer and softer contact to keep playing and interacting with you
there is no mouthing allowed. Once you have taught your puppy that
not acceptable, you will have effectively conditioned pup with good
playing with your puppy, have a soft chew toy available to offer before
pup puts teeth on your hand.
your puppy bites when you are petting, give treats with one hand while
petting with the other hand.
your petting sessions when your pup is tired. A tired puppy is a good
play games that involve face grabbing or pushing pup's head as these
supervise puppies and children. Children often do things wrong when a
puppy bites like screaming, jumping and running --
all of which encourage inappropriate puppy behavior.
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