Nipping & Biting

Nipping and biting will have its peaks and troughs, and remember that after around 4 to 6 months, puppies will begin teething, so it’s important to make sure they know our hands are not for biting by this age.

Always have appropriate toys available for your pup to chew on and play with.

Encourage and praise them for biting toys and playing with them, get down on the ground, get them excited and pretend to be interested in the toys with them!

Decide what constitutes a bite in your household and be consistent amongst all family members. Some people don’t mind light mouthing, which is O.K. when they are a puppy, but not when they are older, so make sure you keep progressing the bottom line. Other people don’t like any contact of teeth on skin no matter how young the dog is and that’s ok too, but a bit harder work in the short term. Either way, BE CONSISTENT!

Make a loud, yelp-like noise such as “ouch” whenever your pup bites you, and then ignore them for at least 10 seconds – for example – look at the sky, cease contact and do not talk to them, even turn your back on them if possible.

If your puppy has been given the opportunity to play with toys but insists on biting you more than once, they need some time out. This can be: put outside, in the laundry or just tied up to a solid object on a short lead.

Do not allow your pup unsupervised access to children.

Do not encourage rough play with your hands or items of clothing.