How to stop a puppy from biting | Expert advice from a Kennel Club expert

meet Enzo a 13 week old Doberman puppy he's adorable and full of life Enzo loves playing with his owner Paul but sometimes the play can get a bit out of hand Enzo Enzo that's my finger he's very very intelligent young puppy very very bright responds extremely well training with within two days he was taught to sit lay come stay but the main problem that we actually have with him is an issue with biting he'll bite really at any part of your body that's available usually the hands forearms maybe your elbows your shoulders anything can really get get his teeth into the the biting itself is usually soft to start with and it gets progressively harder and harder to the point of actually hurting quite a lot and you know on occasion puncturing Enzo maybe having a whale of a time but it doesn't look like too much fun for Paul dog behavior expert Jayne Hanshaw has come along to see if she can help we're getting to the point now where we really do need some advice to work out how we cure this and cure it quite quickly so we can start to enjoy more as a puppy rather than having a head-to-head contest with him on a daily basis so when does he bite yeah okay be playing with him basically whenever he's playing with us whenever he's sitting with us yeah really to to start playing absolutely spot-on that's when they do it start play there are two types of puppy biting the first is in very young puppies who bite to initiate play and because they don't know how else to react then there are the slightly older puppies who have learned that biting gets a reaction and that gets your attention and remember any attention is good attention as far as a puppy is concerned so what he's doing is perfectly natural as varieties concerned is just initiating play usually will try and divert his attention to a toy yeah that's perfect yeah what if you could I know that's hard haha if you could keep that hand still okay doing that and then try him on Twitter I'd like that perfect it's absolutely perfect if it bites your arm like that keep it really still we're going to be directing onto the tie right another way to deal with puppy biting is that if the puppy bites you very hard you can acknowledge that with an ouch and then you leave just walk away calmly from the puppy what you're teaching him there is that biting me hard means you lose my company and obviously the puppy wants to be with you what you've got to teach and it is a teaching process now is that that fun stops yeah this is really appropriate play how long would you think it would be for them to actually grow a tradition that depends on the consistency of you doing it every single time he bites skin our clothes that becomes boring yeah and this is the more exciting part I'd said a week two weeks it really is achievable okay um it's down to effort puppies a hard work you mustn't over train a puppy the maximum amount of time in one session should be just 5 to 10 minutes but this can be done several times a day Paul's taking Enzo for a walk for a change of environment and to release some energy before we continue with training right so it's been out in the garden had a little go I've been having a little mooch about I found these ok I assume he's his taies yeah when they've asked you to distract him and to play with the tie yeah I saw that is that it wasn't releasing that tie very well what's important if you're going to teach him to play it's important to teach him to release as well yes all right so we're getting to play right good boy oh that's really clever that's very clever so getting to Guinea yeah that's nice we're gonna get a treat for me under reward very good does that make sense absolutely so he has to have some reason for letting go because his moment is finally very exciting so have a little go yourself see if you can get into play but have a treat in your back pocket right all right so you playing ok gentle tugging because he's only got little teeth and say for me for me perfect absolutely perfect right now eventually this is stage 1 eventually when you get for me and you get that tie mmm the reward is you can get the tie back right yes oh we not always on treats we're gonna fade treats fairly quickly with a dog like this to be truthful ok at the moment you've got to teach what that money needs is that help that's great help is that good I'll just you've got to do it thank you very much you're welcome James given Paul the tools to work with no it's up to him

50 thoughts on “How to stop a puppy from biting | Expert advice from a Kennel Club expert

  1. Calmly walking away when he is biting is almost impossible with my puppy. Its difficult to keep calm when his razor sharp teeth rip trough my jeans of cut straight trough my skin.

  2. I have a 1 year old Siberian husky, he won't stop jumping and biting, no matter what I do or try he bites hard and jumps like a maniac only when he gets excited.

  3. I have a cockapoo when she does that.. i tell her get toy.. she gets toy and she bites on that.. if she gets aggresive and barks at me i ignore her.. and keeps it going.. ah NO i say that's it Annie.. kennel up…. Kennel up, and believe me she stops.. she hates kennel up.. but she does sleep there all night. absolutely love her! yup thats her in the pic

  4. This works as long as the puppy is more interested in the treat than biting. Sometimes the biting is just too much fun for him, the treat is ignored.

  5. For my dog we literally put our fists in her mouth and taught her that way what kind of mouth pressure was ok for play and what was too painful. We also used treats as a way to show her to be gentle in general when taking things from people, so she could eat a treat with our fingers partially in her mouth without hurting us at all. We told her exactly what we wanted her to do; "be gentle", "let go", "stop that hurts" with very specific tones. Be gentle would be a warning tone when she got too excited for her to remember 'calm down', and stop or enough would be very firm and she would then know 'uh oh i better stop'. Dogs are very smart and learn quickly when you are consistent and use body language/tone to your advantage. Now my butterball is an extremely gentle dog that doesnt bite even when attacked/annoyed by cats or kids, only cries lol ?

    Note this sounds weird but we would also sometimes bite her back if she bit really hard, kind of helped consolidate the sense of "oh shit that hurts when someone bites, maybe i should not bite"

  6. whenever my puppy sees me swing she will get jealous and start bitting me.and whenever I have breakfast it always start to bite and I have a lot of bite marks in my legs

  7. my puppy is worser than that.. he is like incredible hulk.. he bites my hand my feet my face my arm my pillow my blanket my chairs,sofa, my bed, everything.. he even bullies my adult black lab.. by teasing it through biting the tails or feet.. and when i try to stop him he growls like a spoiled brat ahaha anyway he is a doberman cross puppy!

  8. Dude this does not work lol. When the dog bites you simply put your thumb on his tounge push down till he trys to get away or if he yelps. Hell learn in a week or less trust me.

  9. They eventually grow out of it, if you survive. I thought my dog never would. She bit me for 3 yrs.. Those baby the th are so sharp. My arms are so scared.

  10. You redirect or re-channel his energy to something else! Especially if you plan on protection work with your dog! Plus you must remember he will lose his baby teeth.
    So the biting is pretty normal when cutting adult teeth!

  11. Same happens with my Doberman puppy she’s almost 2 months old and I’ve bleed a lot but she doesn’t ever do it on purpose it’s usually on accident when she’s playing but she play to rough

  12. We were taught, if you get bit by them at a young age you pinch their ear with your fingers but pretend to be biting them and then they learn you’ll “bite” back if they bite you and then they stop.

  13. The very minute a dog or a cat bites, you should immediately point your finger (If you still have one) at the dog's/cat's nose (to get his attention) and look at him in the eyes and say firmly, "No". Hold your gaze and your finger until the dog/cat show submission (looking down) and then, give him a pat. Most cats and dogs will get the message if you are consistent and do this a few times, your dog/cat will never bite you again. Even if he bites, he would bite ever so lightly!

  14. One or 2 wacks he will know if he bites he is going to get wacked . Works like a charm with all my Rotties . Not wack to injure the dog but let them know your not putting up with it and your the alpha of the pack . In my opinion abuse is when you cause injury not a gentle wack to earn respect .

  15. In my experience the best way a dog learns not to bite/mouth is when it's playing with another dog. The other dog's reaction to it soon discourages the behaviour. This is where early socialisation has added benefits.

  16. if it bites to hard give him a little smack and say NO!!! simple as that!!! stupid trainer doesn't know shit!!

  17. I have a mixed breed dobe, half dobe half GSD, and thank God his tail is thicker than the dog in this video. That thing is tiny.

  18. Then there are the experts who say you should never play tug of war with your puppy. My year old puppy knows how to get the treats out of my back pocket.

  19. I really wish we could see before and after, I hear all these dog trainers with their mumble jumbo but I don’t see the proof in the pudding.

  20. When they are little you need to teach them bite pressure awareness…not this redirect ? if you redirect them from your hand to their toy you are telling them “ I am I big toy so bite me like you bite this toy”. ??‍♂️??

  21. The only difference I do is I don't give treets I give love you know major butt scratches back scratches belly scratches

  22. Many puppies, including mine, get more excited when I pretend to be hurt, and they get more excited and bite more. I wish she'd noted that.

  23. im going to try to do this, wish me luck that my dog doesnt murder me more than she already has lol

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