Many of you are often asking about biting . PUPPIES BITE. ALL puppies bite not just yours.
Puppies bite. They bite a lot. They bite hard. Their teeth are sharp. You might bleed. It might seem relentless.
Scaring the pants off them by yelling, pinning, shoving or shouting will not only do precisely zero, it will potentially create a fearful adult dog.
Puppies bite more when;
- They are tired
- They are hungry
- They are bored
- They are overstimulated
- They are teething
Read that again. They bite MORE when they are the above. They will also bite when they are absolutely fine. They are dogs not dolls.
Be compassionate not scary. They will grow out of it but only if you teach them a good alternative. Trade for toys. Use a pen or a crate. Teach calmness. Reward gentle interactions. Grit your own teeth and ride it out while reinforcing good stuff and proactively managing bad stuff.
Be proactive when you know biting happens like after some play, when excitement goes up, when they are overtired (7-9pm witching hour anyone?) and give them a good chew or help them settle, or channel that energy into some training.
It does get better basically. Don’t panic. Most puppy biting isn’t aggression. Be CONSISTENT and PROACTIVE and expect more than a few bites along the way.