This is probably one of the most common mistakes dog owners make when trying to learn how to stop a puppy from biting hands and feet.
This will help you rethink of the training you been using that you have heard from others. This will make you start to understand your puppy and make you look into it the way they do.
If you think about it…
There are millions of dog owners who are teaching their puppies to gently mouth their fingers and hands.
They are training their puppies to do something that later on makes them ask themselves how to stop puppy from biting everything.
How odd! And yet…
This is what we learn. Teaching our puppy to mouth gently and then start telling them they are doing it too hard and then we teach them not to do it anymore and if they do, it’s the worst thing they could possibly do…
Confused? Sound complicated? Well, that’s because it is!
Don’t beat yourself up, like I say, this is what most of us has been taught and so, it is what I did when I started training my puppy. And then recently I have learned that there is an easier and more effective way. Here it is…
When you start training your puppy, start it the way you want them to do it in the very beginning. Sounds logical? It is and even your puppy will appreciate it that the rules don’t change as they grow up.
Let me walk you through the steps on how to get your puppy to stop biting, which I already simplified.
1. Always provide your puppy with chew toys, chew things (could be a piece of wood)
2. From the very start encourage your puppy to leave your fingers and clothes alone
3. If your puppy mouths you then redirect them calmly onto something else
4. If they continue to mouth you place them calmly on the floor and give a little yelp noise to let them know that their sharp teeth can hurt and move away
5. If they continue to mouth you or your clothes take them calmly and quietly and place them into timeout for a minute or so.
It is really that easy. And base from my experience, it is a much easier approach.
Where did I learn it? I got it from the dog training membership site I enrolled with, The Online Dog Trainer, which for me is a very straight forward approach to training my puppies.
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Now, there’re a couple of things to remember:
1. First, when your puppy is only, say 8 weeks old, you should not be really hard one them chances if they do accidentally mouth you on several occasions. It’s really around the 5-month-old mark that you must no longer tolerate any mouthing at all.
2. Also when you call your puppy to you, make sure that you have something in your hand to put in their mouth. Because if you don’t you are setting them up to fail. Remember, we humans give affection through our hands but puppies and dogs tend to use their mouths more so they need something to mouth when you are cuddling them!
3. The last tip is simply this, when your puppy starts to mouth you and ignores your chew toy, stay calm and place them on the floor. Do not start beating your chest saying “No!” “No Bite” in your most superior voice. (Another very old school training technique). This will only get them more excited… that’s the last thing you need!
The key to developing an amazing relationship an amazing relationship with your puppy is by understanding them. It is when you’re able to see things through their eyes you’ll start to see how your actions make them feel.
Doggy Dan’s video website with over 250 videos is absolutely fantastic for helping you see things from your puppies point of view. He even has weekly videos of how he raised his puppy, Moses, from 8 weeks of age.
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