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Stop Your Puppy from Biting and Chewing

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It’s common for most owners to make many novice mistakes when they’re first trying to stop their puppy from biting and chewing. But after reading this, you’ll never look at puppy training advice you hear from others the same way. Hopefully, after you read this article, you’ll look at everything through your puppy’s eyes. Once you do that, you will finally start to be able to understand them. 

The Wrong Way to Do Things…

When you stop to think about it, at this very moment, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of puppies are being taught by their owners to softly bite and mouth on the owner’s fingers and hands. That right there is in fact training one’s pup to do something that we do not actually want them to do, particularly later once they have stronger jaws and larger teeth! 

Despite this undeniably being the wrong way to go about things, this is what almost everyone does because this is unfortunately the usual way that it is taught. The standard (but incorrect) procedure is to teach your puppy to mouth gently, then tell them that they are doing it too hard, and lastly teach them not to do it at all anymore.

The Right Way to Stop Your Puppy From Biting

If that sounds unnecessarily convoluted and unintuitive, that’s because it is! And you’re certainly not alone in thinking so. Even I did the same thing when I first started training my pup. But there is a much simpler and easier way to stop your puppy from biting and chewing. Let’s see what it is. 

The main difference is that the first steps should already be setting up what we want the end result to be! This is the logical and most effective process you’re your dog too will surely appreciate in the long run. 

Here are the basic steps of this training. 

  • Always provide your pup with chew toys and/or anything safe that it can chew  
  • From beginning, encourage your puppy to leave your fingers and clothes alone 
  • If your puppy chews/mouths on you, calmly redirect him or her to something else 
  • If your pup continues to chew/mouth on you, then gently place them on the floor and make a small yelping noise to let them know that their teeth hurt you. Then, move away.
  • If he or she continues to chew/mouth on you or your clothes, quietly take them away and place them in a designated time-out area for around a minute.

Keep in Mind…

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There are a couple of things to keep in mind: 

1. When your puppy is very young and inexperienced, for instance, around 8 weeks old, you should give them multiple chances to stop if they do chew/mouth on you. But around the 5 months old mark, you should be much less lenient when it comes to getting them to stop (using the same methods above, of course). 

2. When you call your pup, make sure that you have something in your hand to put in his or her mouth. This is important for this training (though not necessary once your puppy has learned not to chew/mouth on you). This is because puppies and dogs generally use their mouths as a way to express affection, so they need something to mouth on when you are cuddling them! 

3. The last bit of advice is to simply always stay calm, even and especially when your pup is not listening to you and continues to mouth on you. Do not raise your voice or gesture wildly. That will only make them more excited or scared and will do no lasting good. 

As I hope you can tell by now, understanding your pup is the key to developing a happy, healthy relationship with him or her and stopping the pup from biting. When you’re able to see things through your precious puppy’s eyes, you’ll begin to realize how your own behavior makes them feel. 

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