In case you haven’t noticed yet, puppies bite a lot! Biting during play is something that puppies do with their litter mates as they learn bite inhibition. As their parent you have to teach them that biting you, your clothes and your possessions is not appropriate. From day one it is imperative to not tolerate their teeth touching your skin.
When your pup puts their teeth on you or your clothes:
When your pup nips or bites you or your clothes
When your pup creates damage to clothes or injury to you:
This process will help your pup to learn what is called Bite Inhibition. Bite Inhibition refers to a dog’s ability to control the pressure of their bite. It is extremely important to learn as a puppy. As a dog gets older their bite will naturally get harder as they gain more muscle through their mouth. A dog that does not learn this as a puppy is at risk for injuring someone as an adult. Therefore it is imperative to teach this to them.
It can be a very frustrating process to teach your pup not to bite you. They will try and do it again and again and again. Managing the environment to help them learn and to keep yourself safe will be very important. Below are some tips that can help you set your pup up for success while learning bite inhibition.
Provide your Pup with…
Teach children to use calm, inside voices around the puppy
Kristen Smith, CCPDT-KA is an avid pet lover and expert dog trainer specializing in behaviour. Her goal is to help educate and promote the use of reward based/ aversion free training that is grounded in science and backed by research. She is the owner of Smith Canine Academy and has over five years experience helping dog owners and their dogs in behaviour modification and training. Please visit her website for more details