Puppy Biting

Puppies like to explore textures and new things with their mouths, but those little shark teeth can be surprisingly painful. It is natural for your puppy to bite and nibble you from when they first come home to around 6months, usually it is worse around teething (16-26weeks) but will reduce as long as we show them a suitable alternatives.

Ensure all interactions, play, affection, training and dog:dog play are kept short, puppies become over excited/aroused and over-tired very easily. Tired, excited puppies will almost certainly feel the need to bite more.

If your puppy begins to bite, stop all play and interaction. Fold your arms and turn away until your puppy calms/stops biting. Have a chew ready (keep one in your pocket) and swap hands for a yummy chew.

You can begin to teach your puppy that hands are not for biting by introducing calm stroking whilst feeding treats. Discourage your puppy from using teeth to take treats, by holding the treat in your fist for them to lick at and gently open your hand to release the treat.

Our Top Tips

  • Always look at WHY your puppy is biting and attempt to prevent the situation in the future
  • Provide plenty of chewing opportunities to help satisfy the need
  • Always have a yummy chew to redirect them onto.
  • Ensure they get plenty of sleep and keep interactions calm.
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Can we help you with your puppy training?

Whichever stage you're at in your new puppy journey we can provide support and knowledge to help you raise a happy puppy.

If you're waiting for puppy to arrive we can help you prepare with our So, you're getting a puppy webinar which supports you in preparing for puppy's arrival and surviving the first few days.

Has puppy just arrived and it's the first few weeks before puppy can get out and join a class, check out our Ready Steady Puppy 3 week virtual course to give your pup the best foundations in their journey.

Are you ready for puppy's first group class? Our 8 week Pawsome Puppies courses are suitable for puppies 9-16 weeks to help them grow in confidence.

Maybe your puppy has just completed a first course or are a little older, our Juniors class is a great progression to continue their training journey.

Would you like more tailored support, our New Puppy 121 Package will focus on your preferred training areas at a pace to suit you and your family.

If you're not sure which training option is right for you email or call us to and we'll be happy to help you choose the right option for you.