What can I do to Stop Puppy Biting?
Biting is very common in puppies, especially during playtime or if they’re teething. If you want to stop puppy biting it will be up to you to teach your dog what type of behavior is acceptable. A puppy will need to learn to stop biting before they reach four months of age. Usually, puppies learn not to bite from their mother, but because so many puppies are taken away from their mother before they’re ready they often miss this type of mother-puppy training.
Why Socialization is Important for Puppies
Socializing your puppy with other dogs can help to prevent them from continuing to bite as adults. It can also prevent aggressive behavior towards dogs and other animals. Another big advantage of socializing your pup is that it allows them to get rid of a lot of energy in an acceptable manner. If they have other dogs to play with they will also learn how hard to bite. Littermates teach each other this by yelping when they are bitten too hard. A puppy that is not socialized with other dogs can become destructive and hyperactive. Lack of socialization is a major cause of biting. The best time to socialize your dog is around three to four months of age.
There are a number of reasons why your puppy will bite and you’ll need to take an active role to stop your animal from biting before it’s too late. You will need to teach your pup to respect and trust you. If your dog doesn’t trust you, they will have no reason to respect you and this can result in a disobedient dog. A lack of respect can also result in fighting for dominance in the home. Show your dog that you’re the leader of the pack by consistently teaching them what type of behavior is acceptable and what type isn’t.
What Your Puppy Needs
Never hit or smack your puppy. By doing so you will end up with a dog that fears you. While they still may love you, they can become very disobedient, anxious and depressed. You should also avoid yelling at them for having accidents inside the home. A puppy’s bladder usually doesn’t mature until they are at least six months of age. This means that they are unable to hold their urine. Potty training requires you to consistently take your dog outside every two to three hours. Be sure to praise them whenever they successfully eliminate outside. Crate training them at an early age can aid in potty training and can save you a lot of worry when it comes to leaving your pup home alone. Start crate training at an early age, leaving them inside their crate for short periods of time until they adjust. This can help to prevent separation anxiety and it shows the pup that their crate is a safe place where they can rest until you come home to them.