How To Prevent Your Puppy From Jumping Up And Biting You
Some very excited pups will want to jump up onto you as you walk. While this is common playful puppy behaviour, you'll want to put a stop to it. A high-value treat can be held next to your leg while walking, teaching your puppy that you will reward them if they walk nicely alongside you.
This technique is a commonly used method that is extremely effective when teaching your puppy to walk on a leash
Give Them A ‘Time-Out’
Choose a designated "time-out" area and gently place your puppy there so they can calm down when they go on a biting rampage. It’s vital that you stay calm while doing this, so the pup does not associate the area with punishment. When your furry friend calms down, let them out again.
Burn Out Some Of Their Energy
If you find that the biting continues and your puppy shows zero interest in the toys you have provided, they likely need to burn off some physical or mental energy.
Try going for a walk or letting them run around your backyard in an effort to calm them down. Incorporating training lessons into your puppy’s daily routine, such as obedience training are great methods for burning off excess energy and equally as important skills for your puppy to learn at a young age.
Positive reinforcement is the key with any puppy training regime. This is something to keep in mind at all times so you can reinforce with a “good dog” or give a treat or cuddle when your pup is calm. This helps them learn the behaviours you are looking for.
It may go without saying, but never, ever hit or physically punish your dog. If the biting appears to be aggressive on a continual basis, speak to your vet or dog trainer.
What Do I Do If The Biting Persists?
If you've tried everything discussed above and your dog continues to bite, it is likely time for puppy school! Giving your pup the chance to socialise with other dogs can be the best way to teach them how to be polite with their mouth, as they will learn from other dogs.
With a bit of patience and training consistency, your little fluff will eventually learn. Just keep in mind that play biting is not a vicious act in the dog's eyes, and they should learn to moderate their behaviour around the six-month mark. An experienced dog trainer or dog behaviour specialist should be your next step if this isn't the case for your pup.
How To Avoid Provoking Your Puppy
If there is one fact that rules above all others, it's that puppies love to play. It's very easy for them to get excited and go a little overboard, and as a dog owner, it is vital to keep in mind that your dog will base its reaction to things on how you are acting. For example, if you play slightly aggressively, exciting your puppy, they will return the same level of energy (and likely a little more). In cases where they haven't learned how to moderate their bite, this can have a painful outcome.
Avoid provoking your puppy and causing them to bite more frequently by being aware of these actions:
With a little patience and training, your puppy will be on its best behaviour always!
- Avoid waving your limbs in front of your puppies face
- Don’t ignore your puppy altogether, rather teach them to play gently
- Avoid jerking movements; this will only encourage your puppy to lunge forward
- NEVER hit your puppy if they bite you - this can often cause them to be afraid and bite harder
We understand how stressful an overly snappy puppy can be for new dog owners, but with the right level of obedience training, this issue can be taken care of once and for all. The most important thing to remember is that you should never leave these kinds of behavioural issues unattended. Dog training is easiest when your buddy is young, well before bad habits set in. A dog full-grown with a powerful bite is a much bigger problem than a naughty little puppy!
Puppy chewing and biting is an entirely normal step in your dog's development and a simple fix with some patience and training. Once your dog understands how to bite playfully, you'll be a much more confident owner, happy to go anywhere and meet anyone with your best buddy - and adventure dogs are the ones we like to see here at Eukanuba!
Learn a little more about how to instil good behaviours in your pup via another one of our helpful articles; ‘Basic Obedience Training For Your Puppy