A puppy who nibbles is cute at first, but it can quickly hurt or damage the house.
In this article, you will understand why your puppy bites ( whether it is you or various objects) but especially how to prevent, limit and eliminate this behavior.
why is my dog biting his foot?
Be aware that a puppy who nibbles is perfectly normal. Chewing is completely natural for the puppy.
So the puppy is using its jaw and teeth to find out what is around it. Like a child who puts everything in his mouth during the first few months might do (although the comparison between a puppy and a child can seem tricky, you get the idea).
Of course, despite the normality of this behavior, this does not mean that it will be acceptable, especially if it is offered in an excessive and unmanageable way!
Puppy biting: why?
The puppy, therefore, nibbles to discover his environment but also to play. It is a very juvenile activity that can pass with age but which it is nevertheless necessary to control to avoid any overflow. It’s not about trusting the passage of time to solve a problem.
In addition, a puppy can (continue to) nibble simply because he understands that it allows him to get the full attention of his owners. Indeed, a puppy who nibbles his hands is almost certain to get a response (whether positive or negative) from his “victim”. But still, the puppy who nibbles on a pair of shoes or a table stand is also certain to get any attention.
Understanding how the puppy works
To understand how the puppy works, you have to go back a few weeks when it was still with its mother and siblings. The mother, if the latter is good, will inculcate in her puppies various learnings that future adopters will have to pursue.
The learning of the inhibited bite is also one of these various learning experiences that future adopters will have to pursue.
Inhibition of the bite is finally when the mother teaches her young to control the force in their jaw, in particular through play sessions between siblings. And if this training has not been done correctly, it could also be more complicated to teach a puppy not to bite anymore. Quite simply because he will not have had a solid initial fight to integrate this self-control.
But nothing is lost and there is always time to start or, at best, to continue this learning.
Puppy biting: stopping the behavior
As we have seen, biting behavior is quite natural in puppies. It may therefore be difficult to want to completely suppress natural behavior. However, techniques exist to limit the “severity” of this behavior. And make sure that this juvenile behavior is bearable daily.
5 TIPS TO USE TO MANAGE YOUR PUPPY’S BITING
Tip 1: Have a consistent attitude
All problem resolutions go first and foremost through consistency in the attitude of the referent beings: you!
So, I recommend that you always initiate contacts so that your puppy understands that he doesn’t have to beg for your attention.
Being the initiator of contacts means no longer giving your attention when your puppy asks for cuddles, a play session, or your attention in general, whether through barking, crying, hopping, or nipping.
All members of the family should adopt the same attitude to maintain consistency within the puppy’s social group. The ideal is to also inform all the people who will be in contact with him elsewhere.
Concretely, this results in the fact of ignoring a puppy when it begs for attention (in particular by biting) and cutting all social contact (not looking at it, not touching it, or talking to it), even if it means changing space/room for example, and turn your back completely. Once the puppy has given up, we can then give him our full attention.
We teach the puppy that to give up is to win! And this contributes to the learning of self-checks!
What if your puppy is already biting you?
You can apply a very simple tip to make him stop biting you immediately (and teach him not to put his teeth on human skin).
Tip 2: Set up a reassuring living environment and rules for living at home
For a puppy to feel good and to cooperate with his owners, it is necessary to offer him a reassuring living environment but above all rules for living at home.
The rules of life can be perceived as too firm, too strict, and yet, they greatly contribute to the well-being and the balance of the puppy.
Indeed, giving the puppy all the liberties will not make him happier, quite the contrary!
I talk about it a lot in this special puppy week where I give you 1 tip every day to help you in the education of your puppy.
Tip 3: Offer a chewing activity adapted to your puppy
As we have seen, chewing is a completely natural behavior in puppies. You must therefore offer him controlled chewing activities, to prevent him from taking care of your shoes or your table legs for example.
For example, there are many solid toys or natural chewy treats that you can give your puppy to keep chewing on. In addition, be aware that this activity (even for adult dogs) is essential and should be offered daily.
Be careful, however, to give toys intended for this purpose, as this will avoid “plush” toys which are not suitable for chewing because they
By the way, here’s a video that might interest you if you want to offer alternatives to your dog to stop nibbling your furniture.
Tip 4: Isolate the puppy if necessary
The dog is a social animal that needs to be surrounded to feel good in its paws. So, if its behavior becomes too excessive and unmanageable for you: you can isolate it in a room.
Be careful, the isolation should not exceed more than 5 or 10 minutes, in which case your puppy will no longer understand the meaning of this “punishment”.
Tip 5: Contact with other dogs
Puppies learn very quickly from healthy adult dogs. Indeed, the replacements will allow the puppy to understand the limits that he must not cross in his contacts.
Be careful, do not put your puppy with just any adult dog, it is essential that the dog in question is balanced and knows how to put the puppy back in place without traumatizing it.
The “resets” will allow your puppy to learn and / or reinforce his canine codes, but also to learn to manage and control his emotions such as excitement and frustration.