I’ve Tried Everything, But My Puppy Won’t Stop Biting

Dog owners come to us all the time explaining that they have tried everything to get their puppies to stop biting.

They’ll list all the different strategies and tactics they’ve used over the previous several months to try and curb this annoying canine behavior.

These desperate individuals have usually already tried:

Some have even explored more invasive canine correction strategies like:

[Note that punishment-based training methods usually don’t produce long-lasting results.  Worse still, these approaches can quickly erode the trust and confidence that your dog has in you.  This is why we recommend reward-based training.]

As exhaustive as the above list might seem, it’s not even close to EVERYTHING.

Biting prevention techniques noticeably absent include:

  • Professional dog training (i.e. bringing in an expert)
  • Obedience school (i.e. enrolling your dog in behavior classes)

But before you go out and spend money on expert dog training, there is one more route you should explore.

Maybe Your Puppy Won’t Stop Biting Because of Medical Reasons

Monitoring the day-to-day health of your dog is one of the most important aspects of your job as a pet parent.

This is true if your dog has no behavioral problems whatsoever.  But it is especially true if she is biting, aggressive, pooping all over rugs, chewing on furniture, or doing anything else that requires correction.

You might already have a pretty good sense of how happy or healthy your dog is.  But unless you’re a licensed veterinarian, there are probably lots of things that you’ll miss:

  • Could diet be affecting your puppy’s behavior?
  • Are you following the best exercise routine, given your dog’s age, size, and type?
  • Could your puppy be suffering from some type of disease or injury that isn’t immediately apparent?

A very observant pet parent might be able to determine some of these things entirely on his or her own.  For example, isolating diet-related problems is easy enough if you just experiment with food.

But a vet can tell you exactly what you want to know in a fraction of the time.

Of course, paying excessive medical bills to take care of something as simple as puppy biting may not seem like a good investment of resources.  But remember that regular checkups are part of dog ownership.  So you can justify the added cost by scheduling a comprehensive vet visit – instead of a single checkup to target a single problem.

So before you throw in the towel and declare that your puppy’s biting is 100% unsolvable, take her to see a vet first.  What you learn may surprise you.

Best of luck with your dog training efforts.  If you need additional biting prevention tips, click here.

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