Puppy biting can be annoying to new pet owners, but it’s very natural. In the puppy’s first moments of life, the mother dog bites the birth sac in order to release the puppies through birth. Puppies don’t even need to learn to bite; it’s entirely instinct.
Puppies bite because it is their way of exploring. They use their mouth and nose to explore the new world around them. This is why if you look closely and pay attention to a litter of puppies, you will notice that the puppies bite each other very often. This is just their way of communicating to each other. Sometimes a puppy might get bitten very hard. In such a case, it will yelp very loudly to indicate to the puppy responsible for biting that it was too rough.
Most people do not understand that puppies are naturally meant to bite in their early stages of life. Puppies ought to stay with their mother for at least 12 weeks after they’re born. When the puppy is separated from the mother, it is unable to learn about biting as quickly and the person who adopted it is left with the task of training the dog. Training is not an easy task and in most cases people fail miserably at the job.
There are several reasons why puppies bite. These include: when playing, when he is hungry, if he is an alpha, when he is angry or scared, for exploration, because he is excited, for herding, and when teething. Just be aware that your puppy isn’t trying to hurt you; puppies generally don’t even know that their bites can be painful. It is therefore important not to try to stop the biting but keep it in control. There are several ways in which you can reduce the amount that your puppy bites.
First and foremost, it is very helpful to take your puppy to a park or other public place. This is important because the puppy will have a chance to interact with other dogs in the park, who will teach him about biting since this is what a pack of dogs do. I’ve seen older dogs gently make it clear to puppies that biting isn’t acceptable. If you have any older dogs with good temperaments, or know anyone who does, they can be your puppy’s best teachers. This is one of the easiest ways to get your puppy to understand biting, and as he ages he will know when to bite and when not to bite.
Another way to control puppy biting is to get a professional trainer. A professional is important because he or she has the expertise needed to achieve the desired training you want instilled in your puppy. The fact that the professional dog trainers are patient and knowledgeable creates a greater chance of success. But you should be aware that obedience school can be expensive. If your puppy is just a pet, you may prefer to just wait for the puppy to grow out of his biting phase.
It is also very helpful to get some play toys for the puppy, especially when they are still young and stopping biting is not an option. The toys basically keep the puppy busy and give him something to bite on other than your favorite shoes, clothes, and even your body. A good chew toy can keep a puppy occupied for hours, and he’ll have fun too.