Training Puppies Not to Bite - Why Your Dog’s Emotions Are the Best Aid
Fatima Rafik February 24, 2017
You do not want a dog that is 50 pounds or more “play-biting” with you or your children. Besides, there is always a chance that the dog could cross the line and bite out of aggression. That is why you must take care of the behavior as soon as it starts.
With that being said, you are probably if it is difficult training puppies not to bite. The answer is no, for one important reason. The dog’s own emotions serve as their own training tool. To trigger them, all you have to do is say “Ouch” very loudly. The dog will instinctively know that he is hurting you.
He will eventually stop the behavior, because he does not want to hurt his pack leader. As most pet owners know, a dog’s main objective is to give their pack leaders as much love and affection as possible.
However, it is important to understand that there is a process involved when you’re training puppies not to bite. Saying “Ouch” will resolve the problem initially, but your puppy will end up forgetting. Consequently, you may have to deal with the same issue a couple of hours later. To avoid this, you must try to trigger more negative emotions.
For example, you could place the dog in his crate right after he bites you. The isolation from his owner will make him very upset. Over time, he will begin to link the punishment with the biting. You do have to be consistent though, so that he doesn’t forget this connection.
Rewards are another vital element when training puppies not to bite. Basically, every time your dog licks you, give him a treat. Reinforce this action by periodically putting your hand in front of his face.
You want to see if he will bite anyway. If he continues to bite even after getting a reward, revisit the suggestions given above. Again, his instinct will let him know that licking is good, but biting is bad.
This is assuming you want to encourage licking at all. If this is not your desire, you will have to reward him for doing nothing when you place out your hand.