One of the most common issues with having a new puppy is biting. I happen to know someone that recently got a new puppy and I realized how much of a struggle this habit is to break! For puppies, this behavior is normal- all animals play and bite with each other, but when the biting progresses on to hands, feet, and even chomping at faces there is a problem that must be stopped. After looking up multiple solutions to this problem, I have come to find that there is one recurring answer to this issue.
When puppies or any animal for that matter, is playing with others and it becomes too aggressive, they will yelp and pull away. When the aggressor hears the yelp they let go and realize that they are hurting. The solution is to imitate this interaction.
When you are playing with your puppy and they begin to bite you, make your hand go limp and let out a yelp or say ow! The goal is to startle them and make them realize they are playing too rough. The next step is to get a toy and distract them with it to inhibit good behavior. We want them to chew on toys, not hands! If you have this aggressive biting more than three times, it is time for a puppy time out. Stop playing with them so they realize this is not how they should play.
Eventually, you will see they catch on very quickly if you are consistent. It is quite interesting to watch a puppy’s learning process, not to mention adorable
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