Puppies love to nibble and eat everything and anything as that’s how they play with other puppies in litters. But, how can you stop your puppy from biting everything?
Stop your Puppy from Biting you with Treats
When they get older their teeth get sharper and cute nibbles turn painful, so its important to make it clear that they can’t bite you as soon as you can.
One way of doing this is teaching them with treats. Hold a treat in your hand and wrap your fingers around it. Except your dog to try and claw and bite your hand for the treat, but don’t get them the treat until they’ve stopped and moved their nose away from your hand. Moving their nose away is what you’re rewarding them for so make sure to make a fuss out of them for listening!
Teach them to Play with Toys
When you play with your dog with toys its important to be consistent – so if their teeth touch your hands you must let out a clear ‘ouch’. This will tell your dog that they need to be more gentle, eventually resulting in them only biting toys and not you.
When you say ‘ouch’ make sure to stop playing for 5 seconds or so. This way your dog knows that if they hurt you they can’t play anymore! Make sure everyone who regularly interacts with your dog also practices this.
Try and substitute a chew bone or toy whenever they try chewing on something they shouldn’t. Or, feed them treats with one hand while petting with the other so they stop chewing on you whilst being stroked, as well as getting use to no chewing/licking you while getting petted.
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If you catch your dog chewing on something make sure to let out a stern ‘no’ before giving them a toy or bone to chew on instead. This will eventually teach them that they can only chew on their toys and bones.
Equally, you can try and spray anything you don’t want to be chewed with an anti-chew training spray. This is a bitter but harmless spray for animals that deters them from chewing on items or parts of themselves that are sprayed with it. Not completely fool-proof, but it helps while training your puppy what is and isn’t okay to chew.