The cute fluffy little puppy is a delight to look at and play with. The fun continues until you have a nasty bite from the baby canine. Dog bites are not pleasurable at all, and you need medical attention to avoid any infection and future disease that can prove deadly.
Think carefully, if your puppy accidentally bites a human child, it can be so fatal that you may end up under police interference. Our kids are not aware of how to treat a dog. Often, our pet dog bites us. We don’t know the exact reason for the aggressive behavior.
It is crucial to understand a canine friend and provide necessary training with patience to curb the biting habit.
Why do puppies bite?
- Fear is the primary reason for a pup to bite. Often, fear is associated with strangers like the postal delivery person, veterinarian, pedestrians, etc. Be careful while approaching an unfamiliar puppy. It’s better to stay away from one.
- Bothering a sleeping or resting puppy can irritate him and end up in a biting. Never shout at or touch an unknown puppy while he is sleeping. Be cautious while you come near to your sleeping pup. You never know the instincts of an animal.
- Phobia development can lead to the biting behavior of the puppy. If socialization is not exposed to the pup from very earlier days, he may develop the fear of different animals, people, and occasions.
- Possessiveness can make the pups bite. Dogs are natural protectors. Your puppy wants to save you and your property as well as his own possessions like toys, food, etc. If he feels that you are in danger, then their innate tendency to bite can arise.
- Dog bites can be the result of prey drive. Dogs tend to chase by seeing a running person or someone cycling past them. Stop moving if you see a pup or a dog chasing you.
- Making eye contact may give rise to the anger of the puppy. The pooch may take it as a challenge.
- If your pup is in pain, he can bite you. For example, if the puppy has a chronic injury, hip dysplasia, severe otitis, etc.; he can become snippy.
- Maternal instincts play a significant role in making the dog bite. Female dogs can become an aggressive biter if she has puppies. She can feel danger if someone approaches her and the puppies. Hence, she can bite for protecting the little ones.
How to know when a puppy is about to bite?
You must know what triggers dogs to bite:
- The dogs ears are pinned back
- The fur can stand up
- Whites in the dog’s eyes
- Dogs showing their teeth
- Freezing if touched
- Suddenly becomes still when you look at him
- Direct eye contact from the dog
How to train a puppy not to bite?
- Start training earlier. Say a loud “No” every time your little pup bites. After saying it, move away from him. If the pup is left isolated, he can accept it as a punishment. You can scream or yell whenever the tiny pooch bites you. In this way, the baby dog can understand that the particular activity is not acceptable even if he does it playfully.
- Never run, flap hands or shriek in front of the puppy because these movements engage his natural preying instincts.Be calm and keep your hands close your body whenever you are near a puppy.
- Redirecting the baby canine companion’s attention to other things like teething toys helps a lot. After the pup calms down, stroke his back and gently talk to him. Keep your hand far away from his mouth.
- Don’t make the puppy excited unnecessarily.
- Fetching is a great way to make the pups engaged in the fun activity, and he will like it. It will direct the dog’s prey drive in a positive attitude.
- Playing with dog-friendly toys can be utilized as a break or training reward.
- A taste deterrent can help your pup to get rid of the biting habit. Spray taste deterrents on your body and clothes before playing with your puppy. When the little furball starts biting you, he will experience the bad taste. Don’t move at that time. Gradually, he will learn that biting is not allowed.To name some taste deterrents: Vicks Vapor Rub, Bitter Apple, White vinegar, Citrus Peels, etc. Always use dog-safe products.
- Keep a water spray bottle nearby when you are near your puppy. Sometimes, the biting becomes very strong. Interrupt the pooch’s behavior with a firm “No” along with some water sprayed on his face.Don’t harm the puppy. Be careful as the puppy can remain scared of you due to the water spray at other times too.
- Playing tug-of-war with the little pup works wonder. The puppy learns gradually that game is all about fun. He will discover that you are the head and he is supposed to listen to you. He must know that biting is not tolerated.
- Supervise the dog training. Playing roughly with the canine kid can have the worst result. Also, using your hands as fetching toys is a stupid decision. Always be alert when your children are playing with the puppy.
- Don’t threat the puppy or create fear in him.
- Rewarding calm and good behavior always render positive result. Lots of gentle love, tempting treats, and warm cuddles make the pup understand that you love him. If the puppy responds to your command positively, use certain words like “Yes/ Good boy or girl,” etc. Also, don’t encourage the soft biting of your pup.
Study about how dogs learn to bite. Ask a dog trainer about the remedies. Always take safety precautions during the training sessions.