So you have a new puppy. With that comes a lot of newborn trials. This is my first of many posts on puppies because we now have one and I’ve got so much to talk about. How to prevent a puppy from biting is a major concern in our house right now.
Puppies are usually ready to come to their new home around 8 weeks old. They bring with them about 28 razors sharp teeth that hurt like the devil on your fingers, toes and everywhere else! Biting is completely normal for puppies because of teething, and playful puppies want to bite everything that comes in their way, including your brand new leather loafers. Maybe with a little time and training, you can prevent your new adorable puppy from biting you and your whole family – including your other dogs. We are definitely still trying.
Puppies naturally nip at you and other dogs in the house while playing, and sometimes they don’t realize how hard they’re actually biting. It took Cissy a while to get used to a new “bigger” dog in the house. Not only was she jealous, but Jett’s playful biting certainly got the best of her at times as she starting biting back. In the picture below, I’m not sure if Cissy is okay with Jett biting her tail or if she’s liking it. It’s just playful nipping, but as a dog owner, I tend to make sure Jett doesn’t bite her too hard and hurt her, so I’m constantly keeping an eye out on them.
How to Prevent a Puppy From Biting
First, let me say that wearing a leather glove while playing with your playful pup is a good idea.
- When playing with your new puppy make sure you have a toy in one hand so you can give it to him to bite on instead of your fingers.
- When telling puppy not to bite and they mind you, verbally praise them for backing off.
- Simply blow in their face, and for an instant, they will stop only to start licking you. At least that’s what out pup does.
- Reward them with a treat after they stop biting.
- Let them know that if they bite, play time is over.
- Don’t yell or physically strike your puppy – this could actually cause anxiety.
Most of all, love your puppy like family and don’t let them bite your fingers off!! Hopefully, this phase will be over before you know it.
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