As soon as the teeth become noticeable in the puppy’s mouth, the puppy also instinctively wants to insert and try out its teeth.
And with the itching when teething comes the increased urge to gnaw on everything and chew on it everywhere. Puppies also explore and discover their surroundings in this way. But there can be other reasons why your puppy bites and nibbles on everything:
- Lack of exercise
- High-spirited prompt to play
- Exploring unknown objects
- Stress and excessive demands
- Separation stress and anxiety
- Feeling hungry and not enough food
- A joint disorder (the dog is constantly chewing on its paws and joints)
How can you stop your puppy from biting and chewing?
With precise research into the cause, a little patience, our practical tips for raising puppies and training in bite inhibition, you will certainly get the problem under control. Here’s what you can do to prevent your puppy from biting or nibbling on everything:
1. Train the bite inhibition
Usually, puppies learn bite inhibition from their pack while they play. Sibling puppies and adult dogs will not let the puppy bite and then snap back. This is how the puppy learns that a bite causes pain and will not be tolerated. But you, too, can teach your puppy to bite resistance: Yelp loudly when the puppy bites. If your four-legged friend doesn’t stop, say “No!” Or “Off!” Loudly and clearly and walk away for 20 seconds. For the puppy, physical isolation is a very strong signal that he has done something wrong.
2. Let your hand slack as the puppy bites into it
Instead of reflexively pulling your hand away, it is better if you let your hand slack. Jerky movements may encourage your dog to play harder and bite, as movement stimulates the dog’s hunting instinct. Playing with a limp hand is a lot less fun!
3. Reward your puppy for showing positive behavior
In between biting attacks during the game, the puppy may try to comfort you and lick you. Then you can praise him with words or with a reward. In this way you can encourage and reinforce his positive behavior.
4. Let your puppy play with other dogs
In this way, your puppy learns from its fellow dogs in a very natural way which behavior is desirable when playing and which is not okay!
5. Use repellants with an unpleasant taste
As a support, you can apply a deterrent to your hands and clothing before playing with the dog. This can be cold balm, tea tree oil or white wine vinegar, for example. By then, by two weeks, your puppy should have developed an aversion to it and stop biting your hands, ankles, or clothing.
5. Offer alternative chew toys
Whenever the puppy bites your hand, clothing, or illicit objects, offer them an alternative toy that they can use to nibble and bite instead. Remove your fingers or the prohibited object from your dog with an appropriate command (“Ugh!” Or “No!) And offer him the alternative toy (eg rubber ball, play rope, chewing bones, soft dog toy). You should provide him with a selection of interesting toys so he can keep himself occupied and not get bored.
6. Make sure you get enough exercise
A tired dog is often a good dog. If your dog gets enough exercise and is busy, then he doesn’t have to put his unrestrained energy into cocky biting.
7. Feed frequently
Since puppies only have small stomachs, not so much will fit in. Therefore, your puppy should be fed up to five times throughout the day to ensure that it is full. Feeling hungry can also be a reason your puppy bites into anything and gnaws at everything. With our special puppy food from PURINA-PRO PLAN make sure that your dog is getting all the important nutrients he needs as a puppy!
8. Provide rest and relaxation
Maybe you mean it too well and do too much with your cute four-legged friend. Or there is just too much hustle and bustle for the little one at home and he needs more rest. But here, too, chewing objects offer him relaxation. By chewing on chewing bones or sucking on dog toys or a towel, the little fellow can relieve stress and process his impressions.
Conclusion: don’t give up
Especially in dogs with a strong hunting instinct, it can take a little patience and perseverance to get them used to biting. If you still have problems, an experienced dog trainer or a visit to a “puppy school” will certainly help you.