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Training Your Pet Not to Bite

Training Your Pet Not to Bite

Biting is one of those issues that every puppy seems to acquire and every puppy must be taught not to do it. Like with jumping on people, the behavior of biting and nipping may seem cute when the puppy is small, however, the older the canine gets, the larger the teeth and the stronger the bite.

Left to their own devices, most puppies learn to control their biting reflex from their mothers and their litter mates. When the puppy becomes overenthusiastic, whether when nursing or playing, the mother or puppies will quickly subject a correction.

Sadly, this type of correction doesn’t happen often since many puppies are removed from their mothers when they are still fairly young. It is therefore up to the puppy’s owner to take over this important process.

Socializing your puppy with other dogs and puppies is one of the best and most effective way to teach the puppy the suitable and acceptable way to bite and to curb the biting response. Many communities and pet shops sponsor pet playtime and pet kindergarten classes. These classes may be great places for puppies to socialize with each other. Because puppies play with one another they are naturally going to bite and nip. When one puppy becomes too rough, or bites too hard, the other puppies will quickly respond by correcting it.

The best time for socialization of the puppy to occur is when it’s still young. It is important that every dog be properly socialized since a poorly socialized dog, or worse, one that isn’t socialized at all, can become dangerous or even neurotic. Most experts suggest that puppies be socialized before they have reached 12 weeks of age (or, 3 months).

WebMD on Pets and Children