how to train a puppy

how to train a puppy

how to how to train a puppy for In the old days, dog owners "housebroke" their dogs, pushed their noses in mistakes, and screamed in rage when the pooch made a mistake ... aggressive puppy reddit
how to train a puppy 👍how to how to train a puppy for
Search
The Labrador Site
Home Labrador Puppies Articles When Do Puppies Stop Biting And How To Cope With A Teething...

When Do Puppies Stop Biting And How To Cope With A Teething Lab Puppy

how to train a puppy ⭐️how to how to train a puppy for
how to train a puppy 🔥how to how to train a puppy for 1348495

Many Labrador parents if asked “When do puppies stop biting?” will answer “Not soon enough!” Being bitten by an 8 week old puppy is surprisingly painful. It is also very upsetting.

Puppies start teething at 3-4 months old

With some exceptions, puppy biting will stop by the time your puppy has his full set of grown up teeth at 7 months.

Puppies bite because they are teething, but they also bite in play. So we’ll look at both these issues.

Fortunately, you can stop your puppy from biting long before they have cut all their adult teeth. And that is what this guide is about.

So let’s find out how to stop a puppy from biting you and start enjoying him again.

If you need to skip urgently to the training instructions, use that green menu, otherwise, it is probably best to start at the beginning and work your way through the guide to the end.

Good luck with your training and don’t forget to ask questions in the comments box below!

Where did my sweet puppy go?

Everyone knows that Labradors are the world’s most lovable and loving dogs.

So how come your adorable puppy has been replaced by a small, furry crocodile?

Let’s find out

Do all Labradors bite?

Anyone who shares their home with a 10 or 12 week old puppy will tell you that Labradors bite!

And I can reassure you that this applies to all Labradors in the first few months of life.

Fortunately this is a phase puppies go through and not a permanent character flaw. And most adult Labradors are indeed very good natured dogs.

how to train a puppy 🔥how to how to train a puppy for Before I set about showing you how to transform your Labrador puppy from crocodile to cuddly friend again, we’ll have a little look at what makes your puppy so bitey.

At what is normal, and what is not.

My puppy bites a lot

Worried new puppy parents will often say “but I don’t think this is normal puppy biting, he is biting such a lot, and mainly biting the children.”

And it certainly is worrying when the your children’s tears after playing with the puppy, are not the tears of joy you had anticipated.

When your new puppy is in full ‘biting mode’ and pursuing your terrified three year old around the kitchen, you can be forgiven for wondering if you have made a terrible mistake in bringing him into your lives at all. Let’s take a closer look

My puppy is biting my children!

If your children are in tears at being bitten every time they try to play with and cuddle their new friend, you may be wondering if your puppy is becoming aggressive.

You may even worry that your children might be the 1 last update 2020/07/04 at risk.You may even worry that your children might be at risk.

how to train a puppy 🔥how to how to train a puppy for Fortunately I can reassure you that this is not the case. While your puppy may frighten your children with his sharp teeth and growling. The way he is behaving now does not mean he will be a threat to their safety in the future.

how to train a puppy 🔥how to how to train a puppy for Happily, studies have shown that behavior in small puppies is not predictive of the way that they will behave as adults!

how to train a puppy 👍how to how to train a puppy for The way some small puppies bite and frighten children even more than they do adults has everything to do with the way children behave around puppies and nothing whatever to do with the character of your puppy

Why do puppies bite children?

Some breeders will not sell puppies to homes where there are small children. This is because puppies often bite children and teenagers harder and more persistently than they bite grown-ups.

It is normal for puppies to make small children cry, but before you rush your puppy off to the local shelter, bear with me a moment, because I can help with that.

Children give off conflicting signals to the puppy. And because puppies are poor at interpreting children’s movements and vocalisations they respond inappropriately.

Fortunately there are lots of ways to make it easier on yourself and on your kids. We’ll have a look at those in a moment.

But in short, you need to be a little patient at this point, and it helps to know that this phase does pass quite quickly. And that it is completely normal for all puppies to bite a lot, and to bite children with particular enthusiasm.

Why do Labrador puppies bite so much?

It has to be said, Labradors are even more bitey than some other breeds of dog during this stage in their development. In fact, retrievers generally tend to be very bitey as puppies.

We have bred these dogs for generations to be a little obsessed about putting things in their mouths, so maybe it isn’t so surprising that they are very mouthy when they are still small and very playful.

how to train a puppy 🔴how to how to train a puppy for The constant biting can still come as a shock though, to anyone who thought that they had adopted a ‘gentle’ breed. As can the pain of being bitten.

“These are not ‘nips’!” say many new puppy parents “they are real ‘bites’!”

My puppy bites so hard!

“But wait a minute ” you cry “I am actually being injured by my puppy, surely that isn’t normal?”

The answer I’m afraid is, yes, it is. Puppy bites do hurt. And sometimes they leave marks.

Pain, bruising, scratching, little tooth marks on your toddler, these are all part and parcel of raising a puppy. Some very enthusiastic puppies will even draw blood on occasions.

All this is normal, but I will explain what you can do about it.

“Alright” you say “so the biting is normal, and the pain is normal, but the noise, the snarling, – that’s not normal – right?” Let’s find out.

Is my puppy aggressive?

Perhaps the most serious concern that new puppy parents have, is the fear that their puppy is becoming aggressive.

We may have lived alongside dogs for thousands of year, but that doesn’t alter the fact that these are powerful predators with jaws capable of doing great harm.

It is only natural for an inexperienced puppy owner to worry that their puppy’s behavior might be a sign of a dangerous animal in their midst

The thing most likely to make people think their puppy is aggressive isn’t the constant biting, or how hard their puppy bites, or even how for 1 last update 2020/07/04 much it hurt.The thing most likely to make people think their puppy is aggressive isn’t the constant biting, or how hard their puppy bites, or even how much it hurt.

What really worries people is the snarling.

My puppy is growling at me

When puppies play, they practice being fierce. They throw themselves into the whole play acting thing with huge enthusiasm.

And they are brilliant at it.

Your puppy’s aim is to make himself sound hugely fierce and scary. It’s all part of the game. And the most important part of that game for 1 last update 2020/07/04 is to make as much noise as possible and to sound as angry as possible.Your puppy’s aim is to make himself sound hugely fierce and scary. It’s all part of the game. And the most important part of that game is to make as much noise as possible and to sound as angry as possible.

how to train a puppy ☑how to how to train a puppy for So, all puppies growl or snarl ferociously when they play, while they are biting, and sometimes when they are trying to entice their poor owners into yet another game.

Your pup won’t just sound fierce, he’ll look fierce too. His little face will be all scrunched up, his lips drawn back, his teeth showing. It’s not surprising your kids have gone right off him!

Your puppy’s mother, and his brothers and sisters all understood this was a game and weren’t bothered by it. So he has no idea that he is frightening your children or that you are wondering if he is turning into a horrible aggressive and dangerous beast.

Please do be reassured, that however fierce your ten the 1 last update 2020/07/04 week old puppy sounds. It is just a game. He is truly just playing.Please do be reassured, that however fierce your ten week old puppy sounds. It is just a game. He is truly just playing.

Normal puppy play behavior

So, the hard truth is, all puppies bite. And many puppy bites are quite painful.

Some Labrador puppies bite more than most, and biting a lot, and growling or snarling at the same time is normal.

So is biting so hard that it makes your eyes water, and even occasionally breaks the skin.

Puppies bite at hands that go to stroke them, at bare feet, and happily tug away at clothing, all the while trying to sound as fierce as they possibly can.

All this is normal.

how to train a puppy ⭐️how to how to train a puppy for And you, quite naturally, will want to know exactly when it is going to stop!

When do puppies stop biting?

how to train a puppy 🔴how to how to train a puppy for Even if you do nothing, if you don’t play physically with your puppy very much, the biting will naturally begin to decrease at around four to five months of age.

This tends to happen without much active ‘no-bite’ training the 1 last update 2020/07/04 in families where there are just one or two adults, who are experienced with puppies and don’t get puppies excited.This tends to happen without much active ‘no-bite’ training in families where there are just one or two adults, who are experienced with puppies and don’t get puppies excited.

It also happens in working dog families where the dogs may be kennelled or at least are not allowed unsupervised interaction with anyone apart from their trainer or main carer.

A study carried out on Guide Dog puppies in 2001 showed that simply rejecting interaction and refusing to play was enough to stop the puppies biting their adult puppy walkers.

But, and it for 1 last update 2020/07/04 is a big but – in most young families, this is not always what happens.But, and it is a big but – in most young families, this is not always what happens.

In for 1 last update 2020/07/04 many families, especially where the puppy is a novelty, everyone plays with the puppy, and often in quite a physical way. This gets puppies very excited and tends to make biting worse.In many families, especially where the puppy is a novelty, everyone plays with the puppy, and often in quite a physical way. This gets puppies very excited and tends to make biting worse.

Inexperienced puppy owners also tend to inadvertently prolong the biting phase by rewarding the puppy with attention when he bites.

Things that make biting worse

To summarise, these are the three things that make biting worse in most Labrador puppies

  • Excitement
  • Attention
  • Poor bite inhibition

Let’s take each of these in turn:

Puppies bite more if they are excited. The more excited they get, the harder they bite.

Rough physical play gets puppies excited, rubbing puppies tummies, chasing puppies, grabbing at puppies. All these things get puppies bubbling with excitement

Noisy behaviour can get puppies excited too, so children squealing, or crying, grown ups shouting or getting cross. All these things can send little puppies into a for 1 last update 2020/07/04 kind of ‘meltdown’Noisy behaviour can get puppies excited too, so children squealing, or crying, grown ups shouting or getting cross. All these things can send little puppies into a kind of ‘meltdown’

Rewarding puppies with attention

how to train a puppy 🔴how to how to train a puppy for Rewarding puppies for biting also makes puppies bite more, and prolongs the biting phase.

You might not think you are rewarding your puppy for biting, but you probably are. And you are probably rewarding him with ‘attention’

Puppies love attention. Labrador puppies are particularly social and love attention more than most puppies do.

Any for 1 last update 2020/07/04 kind of contact with you, or other members of the family, including physical contact, talking, shouting, even eye contact, all reward your puppy.Any kind of contact with you, or other members of the family, including physical contact, talking, shouting, even eye contact, all reward your puppy.

And if you give him these things while he is biting, this will reinforce the biting behaviour and he will bite more in the future

Poor bite inhibition

how to train a puppy ☑how to how to train a puppy for What makes the bites hurt more, is poor bite inhibition.

So the next section explains what bite inhibition is and how you can help your puppy improve his.

What is bite inhibition?

At just eight weeks old, Labrador puppies are actually capable of crushing bones the thickness of your little finger, with their jaws.

But your puppy doesn’t break your fingers when he bites you! He probably doesn’t even break the skin.

This is down to a process called ‘bite inhibition’.

Your puppy has been for 1 last update 2020/07/04 learning to inhibit his bite since he was tiny. It’s the equivalent of ‘pulling his punches’.Your puppy has been learning to inhibit his bite since he was tiny. It’s the equivalent of ‘pulling his punches’.

His mother and brothers and sisters all helped to teach him how hard he can bite without hurting them.

Fur versus skin

Unfortunately, you don’t have a nice fur coat, so the level of force your puppy could use on his mother, is too painful for delicate human skin. But he doesn’t know that yet.

This is where your training will come in. You’ll be teaching him how much force is acceptable.

So, why don’t we just teach him not to bite at all from the get go?

Well, you can do this, but a number of experts think that staged bite inhibition training is very important in order to make sure that your puppy has complete control over the amount of force he applies at any time in the future. You can read more about bite inhibition and bite inhibition training in this article

What about teething

We mentioned teething earlier because people tend to associate biting with teething. So, is it true that puppies bite so much because they are teething? And how long will teething go on for?

In fact, most problem puppy biting is simply play.

Puppies may chew or mouth at fingers to help relieve the discomfort of teething, but this is not the major cause of the biting problems we find in homes with small puppies.

Does the dog in your life have a cat in theirs? Don''code-block code-block-5''margin: 8px 0; clear: both;''code-block code-block-1''margin: 8px 0; clear: both;''code-block code-block-3''margin: 8px 0; clear: both;''https://yourplayfulpets.com/''external nofollow ugc''url''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-798168''Reply to M. Hastings''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-790751''Reply to Krod''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-790436''Reply to Llarry''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-790510''Reply to Lucy Easton''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-783393''Reply to lin''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-781986''Reply to Karen''http://thelabradorsite.com''external nofollow ugc''url''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-779653''Reply to Francesco''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-782612''Reply to Stephanie''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-779525''Reply to kathy''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-779539''Reply to Lucy Easton''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-777510''Reply to Joanne''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-773949''Reply to Aldo Cerda''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-762129''Reply to willy''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-756125''Reply to Edie Le Bouton''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-750898''Reply to David Dinsmore III''http://gmail''external nofollow ugc''url''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-750048''Reply to Dania''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-749832''Reply to Laurel Sorensen''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-749847''Reply to Pippa Mattinson''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-748270''Reply to Angie''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-746517''Reply to Eddie''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-744303''Reply to Sharon''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-743792''Reply to Jessica''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-743795''Reply to Pippa Mattinson''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-743475''Reply to Debra''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-747615''Reply to Mandi Martinez''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-773379''Reply to Ashley Lindsay''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-742583''Reply to Paul Phillips''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-742066''Reply to faiza zafar''http://www.brunetteinred.com/getting-a-dog-for-your-family/''external nofollow ugc''url''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-741941''Reply to Getting a Dog for your family''http://Terri%20Thompson,%20LCPC''external nofollow ugc''url''nofollow''comment-reply-link''#comment-735022''Reply to Terri L. Thompson''hidden''comment_post_ID''844''comment_post_ID''hidden''comment_parent''comment_parent''0''s Best Teacher!

© Copyright 2017 - Red Cat Media Ltd