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How to Train a Dog not to Bite

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Train a Dog not to Bite

Dogs, whatever age they may be, can start to bite for different reasons. When it comes to puppies, when their teeth come through they often bite to relieve the pain. However, when an adult dog bites it is usually a sign of illness. Whatever the reason, the advice that we are going to give you can prevent this habit from being a problem for both your pet and your family. At OneHowTo we show you how to train a dog not to bite.

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In order to prevent your dog from biting you have to make sure that your pet is socialised from when they're a puppy. If you start their training at an early age it will be very unlikely for your dog to bite in normal circumstances, so spend time getting your dog used to other people and other animals. As your little puppy gets used to new experiences, it is unlikely that they will be afraid and bite as an adult dog.

You have to let them get used to children, men and women so that they know all kinds of people and environments but always under your supervision, This way it is unlikely that your dog will bite strangers or children. You need to be vigilant from the beginning in case they react in a strange way.

How to Train a Dog not to Bite - Step 1

When you spend time training a dog not to bite it is essential that you are very calm, patient and always in control. You have to be consistent to set a good example for your dog with everything you teach them. It is important to establish a routine of good habits that corresponds to their training and in doing so, put an end to your pet's aggressive behaviour. It's about being consistent in all the actions that you undertake in order to train a dog not to bite: if you're teaching them to stop biting, it's not a good idea that you incite rough play with them because you will be encouraging them to want to bite. Then you will have a problem and end up asking for help because you don't know how to train a dog not to bite when playing. The problem is that if you encourage your dog to be aggressive when playing, it will get the signal that it is fun to bite.

Another good recommendation to stop dogs from biting is to give them enough toys for them to catch with their mouth and bite them if they feel the need to do ti. This is important especially when they are puppies, during the teething stage. In this stage of life, your dog will grow adult teeth, which will make their gums and teeth feel very uncomfortable. A good toy is a great alternative so that they don't bite people. Training your dog not to bite when it is a puppy might be challenging but will be rewarding later on in life.

If this is the problem that you are having with a puppy, then we encourage you to read our article on training a puppy not to bite.

How to Train a Dog not to Bite - Step 2

If you are training your dog not to bite, when your dog bites you, you should yelp in pain even though they haven't really hurt you, this way you'll be re-enacting the behaviour of their mother if your pup were to bite her. By doing this you're sending a warning signal so that your dog understands what has happened, and that they must stop.

Once you cry out, stop playing around and ignore them for a while because they have to understand the importance of what they have done and that their behaviour has consequences. If your dog is misbehaving put them in a basket or in their bed and give them a gentle pat on its nose after biting. You should scold them after having done it but don't shout at them. You shouldn't make them become afraid, as it is hard to deal with a fearful dog. Just give them a little wakeup call. Remember, a fearful dog is more likely to bite when they become adult.

How to Train a Dog not to Bite - Step 3

After the gesture of pain, grunt, and even chase your pet to stay away, this will make them understand that they have done something wrong and they will see that you are the boss. It is a way of confirming your authority over your dog. That is very important to train your dog not to bite.

It is also recommended to follow a good routine of feeding and giving your pet water at set times, only after calling them and always when they have been behaving well. When they misbehave, don't feed them, as you don't want them to associate their behaviour with getting what they want when you are training a dog not to bite. You have to be persistent with this process to make it clear to your dog that you are the alpha dog.

How to Train a Dog not to Bite - Step 4

It is important that you have a set place for your dog to sleep every night, not in your bed if possible. Your pet should know where their area is in your home, if you let them do what they want, they will control everything and can become aggressive to show power.

As for the games you normally play together, it is not a good idea to do activities that encourage your dog's aggressiveness. When you see that your dog is very hyperactive, it is best to ignore them so that they calm down by themselves. If they do this, you should reward them for their good behaviour. Give them an edible treat and show them some love. It is important that they feel that you approve of their behaviour and you let them know it.

Now you know how to train a dog not to bite!

How to Train a Dog not to Bite - Step 5

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Katie Sikorski
I have a puppy that is almost 2 she is attached to my hip. If my husband gets up from the couch she starts barking at him. If my kids hug me she trys to bite them. She has bitten my husband and my kids. She also will bite when I have her in boarding what can I do, I can't have a dog who bites my kids and my husband wants to get rid of her because she trys to bite him.
Sarah bwalya
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Catherine Hall
hi i really found this helpful cheers
vicky l crider
I have an Am Pitbull terrier. he is 4 years old and at this time I am wishing I would have socialized him when he was a pup. He has been a good guard dog and has kept the thieves out of the house more than once but he has gotten to where he thinks on his own to much with out my ok to do so. He has been my protector since he was 8 weeks old. He was booted out of his home and came to me. We will work thru his aggression because he is worth it.
OneHowTo Editor
Good luck Vick, it's inspiring to hear of your tenacity!
My jack Chi It's very attached to me But sometimes She will bite my husband If I call out his name. I'm afraid that she could bite other people Thinking that she is protecting me What can we do to train her not to bite?
vicky l crider
My pit was that way and it took over a year to get him used to my future husband, I had to leave smelling t shirts in Cajuns bed at night and i did scolded him when necessary.
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