The following pages cover a wide range of puppy biting prevention techniques. While each one of these methods has been proven to work – the actual results vary depending on:
- The type of puppy dog (i.e. breed)
- Your puppy’s personality (every dog is different)
- The reason why he or she bites (excitement vs. hunger etc.)
- Your patience and overall training commitment
When trying to stop your puppy dog from biting, there are a few things to keep in mind.
How to Stop Puppy Biting: Trial & Error vs. Consistency
In the beginning stages, you’ll have no idea where to begin:
- Will your puppy respond more favorably to reward-based training or time-outs?
- Will you get faster results with treats or with toys?
Every dog owner must find the right balance between “testing” and “consistency:”
- Trial & Error – On the one hand, you’ll want to experiment with several different puppy biting prevention techniques until you find one that produces results.
- Consistency – On the other hand, your puppy training methods must remain consistent. If you change your approach too much, you’ll send mixed signals and potentially make the problem worse.
Our advice is to read through the different techniques in the following pages and find one that resonates with you. You may have to invest many days and weeks, so it’s important that you select a puppy biting prevention method that won’t wear you down.
How to Stop Biting: Reward vs. Punishment
The biting prevention methods outlined in the following pages fall into 2 general categories:
- Reward Methods (i.e. praising, nurturing)
- Aversive Methods (i.e. punishing, scolding)
Most dog trainers recommend techniques designed around the reward system. Generally speaking, you’ll get better and longer lasting results if you continue to encourage good behavior and withdraw from inappropriate behavior.
Aversive methods can produce results as well.
However, the downside is that you potentially diminish the trust factor between you and your young pup. She’ll continue to love you no matter what – that’s simply the nature of dogs – unconditional love. But introducing negative stimuli into your relationship carries a cost.
We’ve included some aversive methods in this list (towards the end). But we recommend exploring the reward-based techniques first.
If the Problem Continues, Seek Professional Dog Training Help
The Internet is a great resource for learning how to stop puppy biting. There’s no shortage of free tips. But if your puppy dog continues to bite – you should seriously consider going the professional route.
In fact, professional training is such a useful tool that we’ve included it first in our list of puppy biting prevention techniques.
And believe it or not, professional puppy training is relatively inexpensive thanks to the many at-home guides available.
How to Stop Puppy Biting: Training Techniques
Use the resources down below to train puppy biting behavior out of your dog: