The Easiest Tips in How To Train Your Pup To Stop Biting
Every dog goes through a puppy biting stage that can be frustrating and irritating for all dog owners. This bad habit, however, can be rectified by dog owners themselves without the need to hire professional dog trainers to do it for them. Zak George shared his tips on how to train your puppies to stop the unnecessary biting with the help of his dog, Flurry. Here are his very helpful tips to us, dog owners, with the same problem:
Don’t Train With Pain
Zak discourages the use of training collars like choke prong and electric collars because they train with pain, and it negatively affects the bond between you and your dog. It’s better to train with doggy treats and not these pain-causing stuff.
Say “Ouch” and Walk Away
Remember that you are punishing the biting and not the interaction or the engagement that your dog wants. Two of the most common reasons why a puppy bites incessantly are that, first, he’s teething, and second, he is trying to engage or communicate with his owner. At this stage, understand that you and your furry baby have no clear way of communicating yet, and your pup does this ‘unclear’ communication by biting you. Use this as a guiding principle that biting means you need to think of other ways for your dog to play with you and actually communicate to you.
Invest Safe Chew Toys
Chew toys can definitely curb biting. Divert the dog’s attention, so he stops biting your hand. It is also helpful that you are one step ahead of your dog by predicting if he’s going to bite you at the first sight of him. There are instances when some dog trainers would recommend “try to (play) biting your dog too,” but Zak does not suggest that it is a good idea. Think of it as just a funny joke, but don’t follow and don’t try doing it.
Prepare Treats to Curb biting
Teach him to sit properly and reward. Food makes a dog less bitey. Praise him after a job well done. You are not rewarding the biting because you asked your dog to sit first, before giving him a treat.
Address the underlying reasons why your dog is behaving that way. Keep your expectations right too because it can take days to months before your dog builds a clearer communication with you and stops the unnecessary habitual biting. Do the exercises above a few minutes every day. Patience and consistency are the major keys to successfully training a dog in all aspect