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Puppy Biting

HOW DO I STOP MY PUPPY BITING ME?

Puppy biting is quite a common phenomenon. And most of the time, it is a completely normal behaviour. After all, young dogs do not have hands. Unlike us humans, they have to rely on their mouths to touch and explore their environment. However, puppy teeth are quite sharp, and can easily pierce skin or damage clothing. This is why many owners desperately seek solutions to their puppy’s painful nipping and biting. So, if you are in this situation right now, keep on reading: In this article, you will find easy solutions to help you and your young canine companion.

TOP 5 REASONS FOR PUPPY BITING

1. Teething Pains

Having your new puppy biting you and chewing on everything in their reach can be challenging. But mouthing and chewing on different objects is quite normal for infant canines. It is also necessary for the healthy development of their gums. Young dogs have to work their mouths a lot: This is required to expel the milk teeth, and make room for the adult teeth to take their place. Like human children, infant dogs experience discomfort and teething pains during this time of transition. And they actively seek to alleviate this pain by biting and chewing.

2. Pent-Up Energy

Just like young children, young dogs are brimming with energy, and have an unstoppable zest for life. This is beautiful, and it contributes to the joy that puppies bring to our homes. But if they do not get the opportunity to release all this energy in constructive ways, they can channel them into less desirable avenues. Puppy biting and destructive chewing are two very common examples for this.

3. Lack Of Sleep

Between 8 and 12 weeks of age, dogs require around 20 hours of sleep a day. During this time, you can literally watch your puppy get bigger over night. Indeed, most of their growth happens in their sleep. But puppies who live in busy households do not always get the rest they need: Instead, they get overly excited by everything that is going on in the home. Puppies love to be part of their owners’ lives, and share in their activities wherever possible. And of course we want your new dogs to enjoy family life with us. Nevertheless, lack of sleep is not healthy, and can cause excessive puppy biting and chewing.

4. Lack Of Awareness

Having a cute and cuddly new puppy at home is an amazing experience. But not many people appreciate their puppy’s needle-sharp milk teeth puncturing their skin: Puppy biting hurts. In more severe cases, it can even draw blood and leave scars. Of course, our young dogs do not want to hurt us. They simply do not understand that our unprotected skin is so vulnerable to their little teeth. After all, their littermates have fur on their bodies, and can withstand play-biting more easily.

Very young puppies routinely touch one another with their mouths. And they start play-fighting with their littermates when they are only a couple of weeks old. This form of “puppy biting” is natural and necessary, as it teaches the infant canines how to use their bodies and how to engage with other dogs. If one puppy bites down too hard, the other will typically yelp and move away.

5. Lack Of Respect / Leadership

Canine mothers, however, will not simply yelp and withdraw when their puppies bite them too hard. Instead, they immediately correct puppy biting and other unruly behaviours. Sometimes, a growl is enough to get the message across. Other times, it may take a few sharp barks to stop the overly excited puppy. And if even this auditory correction is not enough, the canine mother will resort to touching the puppy with her teeth. In this way, she teaches her offspring impulse control in the form of bite inhibition. At the same time, she teaches them to respect her leadership: Essentially, she is the first leader in her puppies’ lives.

Now, after these puppies have moved to their new homes, their mother is no longer there to provide guidance and direction. No longer can they rely on her to “tell” them which behaviours are acceptable, and which are not. This can easily cause confusion in the puppy’s young mind. Meaning well, many new owners offer plenty of affection to their cuddly new pets – but little in the way of discipline, guidance and direction. Consequently, puppies find themselves without the calm, consistent leadership they have experienced before. Dogs do not follow weak leadership. And even the most well-meaning owner can appear weak to their tiny young puppy, simply by giving love, but no direction. This is why excessive puppy biting and other undesirable behaviours frequently occur after the puppy has moved into their new home.

PUPPY BITING SOLUTIONS

As our dog’s calm consistent leaders, we can counteract excessive nipping and biting. There is no need for us or our family members to get injured by our puppy’s sharp teeth. Now, let us list a few simple solutions to puppy biting.

1. Chew Toys Help With Teething Pains

Like we mentioned before, puppies need to chew in order to expel their milk teeth. And sometimes, they might chew our shoes and bite into our hands to alleviate their teething pain. As resourceful canine owners and leaders, we can redirect this natural impulse to adequate objects, such as soft toys and chew toys that are designed for puppies. Following the simple 3-step formula Correct – Redirect – Reinforce, we can verbally correct our puppies whenever they are painfully biting us. Then, we redirect their chewing efforts to a toy. In this way, our puppy will learn to use objects of our choosing to alleviate their teething discomfort. Frozen washcloths or frozen toys are ideal to soothe a puppy’s aching gums. Our Fenrir Hammer , for example, can be filled with peanut butter or meat paste. Filled and then frozen, the Hammer keeps puppies entertained for quite a while.

2. Physical And Mental Stimulation For Healthily Tired Puppies

Like we mentioned before, puppies need to chew in order to expel their milk teeth. And sometimes, they might chew our shoes and bite into our hands to alleviate their teething pain. As resourceful canine owners and leaders, we can redirect this natural impulse to adequate objects, such as soft toys and chew toys that are designed for puppies. Following the simple 3-step formula Correct – Redirect – Reinforce, we can verbally correct our puppies whenever they are painfully biting us. Then, we redirect their chewing efforts to a toy. In this way, our puppy will learn to use objects of our choosing to alleviate their teething discomfort. Frozen washcloths or frozen toys are ideal to soothe a puppy’s aching gums. Our Fenrir Hammer , for example, can be filled with peanut butter or meat paste. Filled and then frozen, the Hammer keeps puppies entertained for quite a while.

3. Crate Time For Rest & Relaxation

Like we mentioned before, puppies need to chew in order to expel their milk teeth. And sometimes, they might chew our shoes and bite into our hands to alleviate their teething pain. As resourceful canine owners and leaders, we can redirect this natural impulse to adequate objects, such as soft toys and chew toys that are designed for puppies. Following the simple 3-step formula Correct – Redirect – Reinforce, we can verbally correct our puppies whenever they are painfully biting us. Then, we redirect their chewing efforts to a toy. In this way, our puppy will learn to use objects of our choosing to alleviate their teething discomfort. Frozen washcloths or frozen toys are ideal to soothe a puppy’s aching gums. Our Fenrir Hammer , for example, can be filled with peanut butter or meat paste. Filled and then frozen, the Hammer keeps puppies entertained for quite a while.

4. Teaching Bite Inhibition

Like we mentioned before, puppies need to chew in order to expel their milk teeth. And sometimes, they might chew our shoes and bite into our hands to alleviate their teething pain. As resourceful canine owners and leaders, we can redirect this natural impulse to adequate objects, such as soft toys and chew toys that are designed for puppies. Following the simple 3-step formula Correct – Redirect – Reinforce, we can verbally correct our puppies whenever they are painfully biting us. Then, we redirect their chewing efforts to a toy. In this way, our puppy will learn to use objects of our choosing to alleviate their teething discomfort. Frozen washcloths or frozen toys are ideal to soothe a puppy’s aching gums. Our Fenrir Hammer , for example, can be filled with peanut butter or meat paste. Filled and then frozen, the Hammer keeps puppies entertained for quite a while.

5. Rules, Boundaries And Expectations

Like we mentioned before, puppies need to chew in order to expel their milk teeth. And sometimes, they might chew our shoes and bite into our hands to alleviate their teething pain. As resourceful canine owners and leaders, we can redirect this natural impulse to adequate objects, such as soft toys and chew toys that are designed for puppies. Following the simple 3-step formula Correct – Redirect – Reinforce, we can verbally correct our puppies whenever they are painfully biting us. Then, we redirect their chewing efforts to a toy. In this way, our puppy will learn to use objects of our choosing to alleviate their teething discomfort. Frozen washcloths or frozen toys are ideal to soothe a puppy’s aching gums. Our Fenrir Hammer , for example, can be filled with peanut butter or meat paste. Filled and then frozen, the Hammer keeps puppies entertained for quite a while.

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