What’s the Idea?
Do you have a new puppy that is overly aggressive? Learn how to stop puppy biting and puppy aggression with the tips below.
What’s the story
My dog was a playful puppy who loved to nibble and bite.
I thought it was just normal puppy behaviour until he hurt me one day when we were playing.
Although biting and nipping is a common play method for puppies, it’s not supposed to be tolerated.
Normal play can turn to problem play if puppies start to develop aggressive behaviours during playtime.
Aggression in puppies can also be a result of underlying problems such as fear, pain, and territoriality.
A dog owner must learn the signs of aggressive play before it gets out of hand.
There are a number of things you should know before getting a puppy, which you can check out here.
People should do this because…?
Discouraging early signs of aggression can help your puppy grow into a happy and healthy, well-mannered dog.
It’s also important to understand that aggression is not a breed trait.
Sweet and aggressive dogs are present in all breeds.
There’s no such thing as an evil dog or an evil breed. Bad dogs are simply untrained dogs.
How do you do it?
You can stop puppy aggression in the following ways.
Provide chew toys
As soon as your puppy starts biting your hand, replace your hand with a toy and offer it to him to chew on.
Avoid intense play which can escalate into extreme biting and other destructive behaviours.
As soon as your puppy starts to bite you aggressively, stand up, and walk away.
Give Verbal Cues
Let your puppy know that he’s biting too hard during play with a sharp cry or a loud “Ouch”.
Puppies can learn bite inhibition from his own brothers and sisters.
That’s why it’s best to allow your puppy to spend more time with his littermates before adopting it.
Play with your puppy every day
Just like children, puppies need play and attention, especially in their first six months.
So play with your puppy regularly and allow him to socialize with other dogs too.
You might have to wait until your pup has finished taking all his vaccinations before you can visit the dog park.
A puppy that learns good social skills are more likely to become balanced adult dogs later in life.
Always use positive reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is the best way to raise a well-behaved dog.
Treats and praise enforce habits and good behaviours. Don’t punish your puppy by scolding or hitting him.
It has been found that hitting or yelling at dogs as a form of punishment can worsen aggression.
Exercise your puppy
You can stop puppy aggression through adequate exercise.
Running and playing is good for your dog’s health.
Furthermore, aggression in dogs is often a result of boredom and anxiousness due to a lack of physical activity.
Let your puppy explore
Don’t keep them in a crate or a fenced pen all the time.
Expose your puppy to new noises, people, and areas to help him overcome his fears.
You can do this by walking your puppy or purchasing new toys for him.
Check with your vet
Do you have a puppy that’s abnormally aggressive?
Check with your vet, it could also be a neurological or genetic problem.
Stuff you may need
- Chew toys