How to educate a puppy that bites


There are many questions that come to us every day asking how to educate an aggressive puppy to correct his misconduct, or even if it is necessary to sacrifice it to prevent the future from being a dangerous dog. We must clarify that there are no dangerous puppies, they may simply have a problem that we do not know how to solve and therefore show some inappropriate behavior.

Puppies are animals without knowledge that are discovering the world as they grow, it is possible that due to certain problems they may show some hostile behaviors, but nothing that should worry us to the point of being afraid of them. Using a practical example, a puppy is comparable to a child under one year of age. Do you really think it can be aggressive or dangerous?

Let's review what are the main reasons why a dog or rather a puppy can show symptoms of hostility, bites, grunts, etc ... And how to solve them to prevent it from becoming a bad habit.

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My puppy bites me and hurts me

We must begin by indicating that absolutely all puppies bite, this is due to their own instincts and also to the period in which our puppy's teeth start to come out, which causes them a lot of gum pain.

Puppies suffer a lot of pain in their mouth when they start coming out those small and sharp teeth, called milk teeth. When they are a little more adults they go through the same problem again, changing their milk teeth for definitive teeth.

It is completely normal that during this stage they bite everything they catch on their way, since that relieves the gum pain. The problem comes when they do not know how to differentiate between a toy that they can bite and our hand, foot or anything else they should not bite.

To correct this behavior, it will be enough to scold them with a “No!” And applying the bite technique in our puppy very softly, when they bite us or some object that they should not bite. Then we will take some of his toys (teethers) and put it in his mouth, making him bite while we play with him. When he bites the toy we will congratulate him and play with him for a while to try to remove the toy.

This is a very simple way to show the puppy that it can bite things, but not all. Only your toys and never our hand, foot, sock or shoe for example ... Remember that it is only a puppy, you must have a lot of patience and practice this exercise several times before being able to appreciate positive results.

Puppies can also begin to bite us by pure instinct, playing or drawing our attention, so we must apply the same technique to teach them what objects may or may not bite.

My puppy growls and bites like an aggressive dog

First we must differentiate if our dog is growling aggressively or if it is simply playing or trying to get our attention. Puppies play biting and growling, both with other puppies and with adult dogs, it is very normal and healthy for them.

In the same way they try to play with us, growling and biting us, but it's just that, a game. We must teach them to play with their teethers and in a short time they will learn to play with humans.

Although they may seem to get hurt, they play like that, biting, barking and growling. Obviously they do it without hurting other dogs, it is their natural way of relating and playing while they learn. You will see that more adult dogs sometimes quarrel with a bark or growl, it is only a warning to tell them where the limit of their games.

Sometimes we have received messages indicating that the veterinarian has told them that your two or three month old puppy will be very aggressive and that it would be better to sleep it…. We honestly put our hands to our heads when we hear arguments of this caliber. No puppy is bad, you just have to detect the reason for its behavior and correct it, regardless of race or bite a lot or little, there is no aggressive puppy by nature.

If against our puppy growls or bites with the intention of damaging, we must look for the reason why it does, among the other reasons that we expose in this article.

My puppy is aggressive for no apparent reason.

That we have not found the reason that causes aggressiveness in our puppy does not mean that there is no such reason. Many times our puppies bite everything or show unusual behaviors because they suffer pain.

Diseases or various internal ailments can cause our dog to have an unpleasant and unfriendly behavior. When the pain is strong, they can only express it in their own way, which in puppies is defined with hints of aggressiveness, barking, tantrums, etc ...

We can take our puppy to the veterinarian for a complete review and rule out possible problems that cause pain. In this case we do not refer to gum pain due to the exit of milk or definitive teeth, but to the pain that a hernia, muscle breakage or disease can cause.

My puppy is aggressive with other dogs and people

Fear and anxiety are also important reasons why a dog can show aggressive behavior. Correctly socialize our puppy It is a fundamental step in your education and training, as you will learn to live with the surrounding environment like other dogs, animals, people, noise….

A puppy with fear can quickly develop aggressive behavior not recommended as a defense. We must have a lot of patience since we must socialize it to avoid being afraid and thus eliminate that bad habit.

Implementing all the advice we give in the previous link is essential, knowing and playing with other dogs and people is the best way to eliminate their fears and make way for a correct socialization.

It is a process that we must carry out with patience but that offers excellent results, although if the situation surpasses us we can always go to a professional trainer to help us with the work.