Puppies, regardless of their breed and color, are a source of pure joy and fun. If this is the first time you are getting a puppy as a pet consider training him so he will grow up to be a good and house proofed dog. Having a dog is a rewarding experience for the whole family members young and old.
There are many things that a puppy needs to know. They have to know where to sleep, they have to know where their food dish is and where the water bowls is located. They also need to know where to potty plus they need to know how to behave in the house. There are also negative behaviors that you need to correct as early as the puppy learns where to eat and sleep. One of this negative behavior is biting. Biting is chewing and gnawing on things like your slippers, the couch, toys and even newspapers. This puppy behavior must be corrected early or else he will do this behavior until he is an old dog.
Why does the puppy bite things? Experts say this is because their teeth are growing and like babies this is a sign of teething. When teething happens your gums may have weird sensations and maybe painful tingling sensations and these can be alleviated by biting in to things much like when a teething baby bites into tethers and baby bottle nipples. Little puppies have this sensation on their gums too and this causes them to bite into anything they can get their little paws on.
The following is what we call “biting puppy training 101”. These are just some tips that you can use on your puppy to correct the negative behavior of biting. Biting puppy training can begin as early as when the dog reaches 2 to 3 months old.
- Establish trust between you and your new puppy by playing with him often. This will lead to training him not to bite into things.
- Play with your puppy using non biting games like running, tag and jumping. Discourage fetch for a while not until he has learned that his biting behavior is not acceptable.
- Replace slippers with chew toys. There are tethers for puppies that are soft for their gums and teeth. They will soon realize that they must only bite when they have their chew toys to bite on and not do it on your personal things.
- Never give punish a dog by slapping or hitting him. This is downright cruelty to animals and he might become aggressive when he grows up.
- Take your puppy out for a run or a walk in the park. Puppies sometimes bite into things out of boredom; a walk in the park can cheer him up. Teach him techniques like if you have his leash on your hand then it is a signal that you two are out for a walk.
Your puppy will grow up to be a nice and house friendly dog if you follow biting puppy training 101 to the heart. Good luck in training your pup!
Remember that the key of puppy training is patience. Don’t get angry if your puppy does not get it the first time.