Puppies are one of the few things in life that can bring ultimate joy and happiness to anyone. Their tiny and adorable bodies and endless love help to make them be loved. But just like babies, puppies go through a phase where biting is a necessity and this can make it hard to appreciate the puppy. So how do you get through this phase unscathed while still training your puppy? Below are a few tips.
- When playing with a puppy, most people think its okay for the puppy to chew on their hands and fingers. To the puppy, this teaches him that it’s okay to chew on humans and this behavior will follow the puppy into adulthood. It’s always important to teach your puppy behavioral training to prevent issues in the future. Don’t let the puppy chew on you; instead give him chew toys.
- Keep the chew toys in one area of your house so your puppy will know where it is okay to play with them. This can help prevent your puppy from chewing on other items in your house and it allows for you to keep a close eye on him.
- If you notice that your puppy is about to bite, close their mouth and say “No”. This will help teach the puppy that it’s not okay to bite humans. Another phrase that may work is “No bite”. This way the puppy will know that you don’t like it when he tries to bite you.
- Puppies have a lot of energy and need to release it. Chew toys are a great way to release this built up energy and to help your puppy learn what is acceptable to chew on. Keep in mind that not all chew toys are meant for every dog. Be sure to give your puppy appropriately sized toys to prevent choking.
- Don’t get discouraged if your puppy is having a hard time controlling his biting. Training takes time and patience and if you keep at it, the end result will be worth it.