Dog Training: Biting


An Introduction to Biting

The majority of reported dog bites are from the dogs of family or friends. Dogs can bite with considerable force, and a biting dog can become a huge problem and a liability, if he is not properly trained.  It is an upsetting situation for everyone if your dog causes harm to a friend or another family member by biting them.

In spite of long hours of training and socializing your dog with people and other dogs, there will always be times such as in the case of provocation or in self-defense, when your dog will instinctively respond by biting. Therefore dogs should learn to use their teeth properly as part of behavior development. Biting inhibition can be a learned response in which you dog consciously dulls the full force of his biting. 

Overview of Biting

There is always opportunity for your dog to learn biting inhibition. A dog that is properly socialized will  normally learn bite inhibition by 4 months of age. Mothers for example train puppies during nursing, if a puppy bites while nursing the mother will train them by standing up and walking away. If a puppy bites...

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Tips for Biting

Sit down with the pup to play, bringing his attention to your hands. When the pup tries to bite your hand too hard, yelp or say 'Oww' firmly and stop interaction. In addition to stopping interaction, some canine specialists advise to pull your hands back and freeze, and to avert your eyes or look to...

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