Millions of people in the United States call dogs members of their family. Many of these people mistakenly believe that a dogs’ “hands” are its front paws. The truth of the matter is that a dog uses its mouth in much the same way that an infant uses its hands: to explore the world.
It makes sense that if puppies and dogs explore with their mouths, people may get bit. Not biting skin is something that puppies need to be taught. Left unchecked, biting can quickly get out of control, putting owners, victims and dogs at risk. Here is how to train a puppy that enjoys uses its teeth a bit too frequently.
Trust us when we say that you will feel a bit ridiculous yipping at your young puppy, but it’s a method that works. Yipping can quickly teach a puppy bite inhibition. That is, you will teach your puppy that it is okay to put its teeth on you, but it is not acceptable to bite down hard.
Wait for a time that your puppy is naturally chewing on your fingers or arm. When your puppy bites too hard, give a high-pitched yelp. This should cause your puppy to stop biting you, as the sound is associated with pain in the canine world. When it does, praise quickly.
Puppies can be tough to train when they are overly excited. Try not to rile up your puppy to the point that it is biting. If it does happen, all play should stop until your puppy calms down.
3. Pocket Toys
Some puppies tend to run after humans and nip at their heels. If you have such a puppy, be sure to carry a rope or other dog toy in your pocket. When your puppy nips at your heels, remove the toy from your pocket and use it to get your dog’s attention. Stop moving your feet and when your puppy stops biting, reward it with the toy.
4. Play Dates
Puppies and dogs learn very quickly from one another. Give your puppy plenty of chances to play with others of its species. Your puppy will not only learn how to socialize and behave correctly, but it will be too tired to chase after you or other humans.
Teaching a puppy is not difficult, but it can take time. Be patient but firm with your dog and maintain consistency. When you teach your young puppy not to bite, you are helping to ensure that it does not aggressively bite a human later on.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite in Charlotte, please call our attorneys. We are experienced in personal injury law and will review the facts of your case at no cost to you. Call us today for assistance.