Dealing with Puppy Biting: What to Do and What Not To Do

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

You love your puppy, but he doesn’t seem to understand that biting is bad. How do you nip this negative habit in the bud and set your pet up for a happy, stable life?


Introduce your dog to friendly playmates. Ask friends, neighbors, and family members to bring their dogs over for a few hours so Fido can interact with well-behaved peers. It’s important for him to learn social skills as early as possible, and they can teach him what is appropriate and what isn’t.

Engage Fido in other activities. You need to keep him distracted when that relentless puppy energy starts to come out. Go in the yard and play fetch. Make sure he has a wide variety of toys to choose from. If you don’t have a lot of money to work with, wait for sales at your local pet store.

Let him know that biting hurts. Don’t just give your puppy a stern look when he clamps down on your hand. Let out a high-pitched yelp the moment he bites. Withdraw from playing, but don’t yank your hand away – this may encourage Fido to be more boisterous.


Scream at your dog. Some people think they need to scream so their puppy will get the message. This action could do a great deal of harm. You don’t want Fido to be afraid of you. Take a deep breath and stay calm. Remember that you love your puppy and want the best for him.

Be inconsistent. You can’t scold your puppy one day and let the biting problem slide the next day. Fido won’t learn anything, and you will only increase your frustration.

For further help, talk to your local Lincoln, NE vet and A Pause for Paws pet sitter. They can point you in the right direction.


A Pause for Paws - Serving Lincoln, Nebraska & the surrounding areas • 402.420.PETS(7387)