Updated: Nov 21, 2022
A guide with quick tips to help with your puppy's biting.
In puppy class, I always ask the participants, "who's puppy bites"? as a joke because I know they all do. Everyone laughs and raises their hands.
"It's how they play and explore their environment."
I like asking this question (even when I know the answer is yes), to show participants that the other new puppy parents are also struggling with this common puppy behaviour.
Here's the thing, puppy biting is indeed normal. It does not mean your puppy is aggressive, bad, dominant or giving you a hard time. Like how we use our hands, puppies use their mouth. It's how they play and explore their environment.
When we better understand our pups, the easier it will be for us to adjust our expectations for them. Dogs are not perfect, and honestly, there is no such thing as the "perfect dog" or "perfect puppy". Which is why I avoid using use terms in any content I create. It's just not possible and unfortunately, sets us up for failure when our puppy doesn't fit into this idealistic perception of what our relationship ought to be.
Tip #1 - The quick "stop biting" trick
We are always looking for quick fixes, but know that in dog training, these do not exist. This first tip will help your puppy immediately stop biting you, but then you will need to move on to the following to following tips to redirect or practice new skills.
I love using "go find it" as a way to get my puppy off of me and put their nose on the floor. It's quick, it's easy and with a little bit of practice before hand, works very well. Here's how to do it: