When I say biting training I am not talking about dogs that are trained to attack people; instead, I am referring to biting prevention.
Biting is as natural as barking.
Although most dogs do not have a bad intention when biting (puppies usually bite when excited) it can still cause some serious wounds.
Over time most of them will stop biting altogether understanding how strong their bite actually is. Still, there is a lot of opportunity till then to cause some serious damage and traumatize people.
Luckily for us, you can easily teach a dog about consequences of biting. You can shorten this period of learning and teach them from the get go that biting is not good.
The main reasons why dogs bite
As I already said, there are numerous reasons why dogs bite.
It is not something that is exclusive to wild or aggressive dogs; all dogs do it up to a certain point.
Laymen usually notice when a dog attacks them and leaves a mark. In this case we are talking about dogs that haven’t received a proper training.
Biting is usually a sign of excitement. Even if your puppy knows that biting can lead to wounds, it can still bite a person as it wants to play. This is common for dogs as they use teeth to play around, drag toys and fetch sticks.
Biting usually starts when puppy’s teeth start growing.
There will be a lot of itching and dog will try to eliminate it through biting.
It is also a good way to learn more about environment. Through bite, animal gets valuable information about items within its surroundings. Unfortunately, this also sometimes includes humans.
How to behave when dog bites you?
Before you start taking your dog for regular walks it is best to teach it not to bite.
As I already said, they use biting during play so your dog will likely start nibbling you first. This will happen commonly as you play together and this is when you have to setup first boundaries.
Before I mention how to teach your dog not to bite, let me first address what you need to do when it does:
- When it sinks teeth into you, make sure to pick it up and hold it still
- Stop moving for a moment. It is necessary to stop playing so that the dog doesn’t get any more excited
- Move yourself from the dog as far as possible. This distance will be confusing and dog will think that something went wrong
- Do not struggle. If you start struggling or tugging, dog will become forceful thinking that you’re still playing
- When it finally ends, distance yourself from dog and do not pay attention. Don’t make any contact and pretend that you’re mad
- If nothing works and dog still doesn’t want to leave you, take it to its box
There is one thing you need to keep in mind.
Dogs usually bite due to excitement. It is a common part of playing and it is necessary to show a dog that this is not acceptable. Best way to do it? To abruptly stop.
If you show your dog that you don’t wish to play if it bites, dog will stop biting simply so it can continue playing with you.
Tips for prevention
Although biting is common part of growing up, some dogs bite due to frustration. This is why you need to be careful from the get go.
Make sure you’re getting a puppy from descent, loving person. This is a good sign that dog had good upbringing and will not have some trauma later on.
When it comes to biting, it is necessary to prevent situations where dog will potentially bite.
If it commonly gets excited during play and starts biting, predict such behavior and try to slow the tempo. Make a short break and instead of playing, try petting the dog.
You can also do a lot by diverting attention or sending puppy to fetch.
With all these tips, you will be able to teach your dog some basics. Be patient as biting is usually nothing more than a passing phase.