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How to train your Dog Not to Bite

Training Your Dog Not To Bite

In line with the statistics, dogs bite a lot more than 4.7 million people per year. This unwanted, and often avoidable, behaviour, results in law suits, medical bills and sometimes dog euthanasia.

Much like any dog training issue, how easy or difficult it’s to coach your dog not to bite will be different in line with the breed, age and individual temperament of the dog. But there are a few common techniques which will usually help suppress the biting behaviour.

Whenever we can, start young. Puppies have an all natural inclination to mouth and nip. Though it’s often encouraged by owners who understandably begin to see the behaviour as cute, human restraint is just a prerequisite to dog restraint. Good, and bad, habits start young, and have to be controlled only at that early stage.

Beyond about age one month, puppies can begin to understand simple commands. Once the puppy moves his mouth to bite, a soft, but firm’No!’ followed by way of a slight squeeze of the muzzle can help.

Be cautious to not cause the puppy to bite its tongue, though. Be especially careful to not squeeze hard or too much on the muzzle. Dogs have sensitive and delicate odour receptors high up within the nose. There is a constant wish to damage a dog’s power to smell.

The squeeze isn’t to punish, but to inform. The target is to greatly help the young dog associate the verbal command with something it could understand at that age, namely discomfort. Most dogs naturally dislike having their muzzles squeezed at any age.

Alongside verbal discouragement and gentle physical restraint or reminders, socializing your pet – as young and often as you are able to – will help develop calm and confident dogs. Fearful dogs, not used to strangers (whether human or animal), are a lot more vulnerable to biting behaviour.Expose your dog to other (non-aggressive) dogs. Differences in smell and looks are triggers that may cause dogs to become wary. Introducing them to a number at a early age will help discourage this territorial response.

Most dogs will naturally inhibit biting when using litter mates. They nip, but learn early to not press hard. Make the most of this by’widening’the pack to add members of the family, other pets and frequent visitors.

Restrain your pet in the beginning when introducing animals from other households. Restrain one other animal as well. Let them approach slowly and sniff or carry out other natural behaviour.


Try to find body tension, snarling, erect ears and other indicators of oncoming aggression. Make your dog sit, stroke its back and released your hand to another animal then convey the smell to your pet. Then allow them to interact.

Dogs normally learn bite inhibition by four and a half months, but don’t be discouraged when it doesn’t happen that quickly. Breeds vary & so do individuals. Older dogs, especially ones not trained early to suppress biting, or not socialized, will naturally be harder to train.

Some dogs won’t ever be fully trained never to desire to bite. Element of training involves training people, too. Make certain such dog is not able to reach others or animals. And, be sure that individuals are informed not to attempt to talk with the dog.

When you yourself have an older dog that tends to bite then have a tiny garden spray with water in it. And spray it in the dogs face at the right moment. He will quickly learn it is unacceptable behaviour.

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