Puppy Biting – well where do I start.
First of all this is not an answer to the question but a discussion on methods – always seek professional help if you are having difficulty.
It is one of the most commonly asked questions we get and the answer is not necessarily the one owners like to hear – but I am not here to tell you want you want, I am here to sound out some methods and how they do or do not work.
The first thing to consider before you even think about the end result of biting is the first stage of having a puppy. The puppy doesn’t have hands to explore the world they have a mouth and sharp little puppy teeth. The second thing is we bring this adorable little fluff ball into our house – put them on the floor and go here you are all of this is yours now. And then bitch and moan when the puppy doesn’t do what we want. It really is quite amazing as a species that we child proof our houses and make sure our babies can’t hurt themselves but when it comes to a puppy with the same mentality, we expect them to think like an adult human and respond accordingly. I mean seriously why do you think that dogs understand english? it takes you 17 years as a human to figure it out and them some still don’t, yet after 2 weeks interacting with a human you think they understand “stop it”, “don’t do that”, “how many times do I have to tell you” – stand back and have a look at yourself. The solution is simple – containment. As a baby we confine them to cots, bouncers, car seats to keep them safe and out of trouble. The best way to keep your puppy safe is to confine it to a smaller area – I personally recommend a crate that is open and covered and a pen for play area and toileting. This will stop a good chunk of disasters that happen with puppies as they try to discover the world. When they are out of the confines they are on a light lead or under constant supervision. This allows you to correct any misdemeanors as they happen and teach the young pup from an early age about control, rules and boundaries – it will also assist in the process of walking on a lead – this is NOT for a child to do EVER!
Now you have stopped some of the random biting issues of feet, ankles, dresses etc we can start to look at bite inhibition – which is the dog learning to NEVER PUT TEETH ON HUMAN SKIN – EVER! It really irritates me when people say “oh they don’t put pressure” – it should not happen full stop – because at some point they will lose their impulse control and there will be pressure – a bite. Not to mention pressure on a healthy adult skin compared to a child or the elderly is completely different. There are many methods to do this and I do have a good chuckle at some and will explain a few of them here. We will show in our group or in home training effective methods to do this – note I said show – you cannot explain and get a human to do it correctly via text.
So let me start some of the things I have been told……oh did I tell you it’s because google said?
So you have now managed to get thru the first 4 weeks – argh when will they grow up? haha now you have teething – this is where the fun really starts……
Your puppy is in pain as its new teeth come thru and if you have been unsuccessful in the early stages it will be a lot worse now.
There are many ways to help you thru this period – this is just my thoughts. Every situation in every house is different as no two dogs are the same – this is why we need to see situations to be able to help you correctly with any training.
Remember your Puppy is looking for a Calm Assertive Leader that is consistent. If you can’t be this you had better start learning.
Life is full of Decisions – make an Informed one.