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Everyone knows puppies chew and nip. Does it seem like somehow your puppy always seems to end up nibbling on your fingers, toes, arms, etc? It is completely normal but can get old very quickly.
Huskies in particular are known for being some of the most excited little biters and chewers that there are. Our girl was no exception! She play-bit with the best of ‘em!
The worst age for puppy biting is about 6-7 months when teething can be at it’s worst.
Just because your puppy is biting does NOT mean that he or she is aggressive. Puppy biting is normal behavior, they just need to learn some self-control and when and how it’s appropriate.
#1. Telling her ‘no bites’ and walking away from playing with her.
This was tough sometimes, but we HAD to walk away because she was biting too hard. We read some people ‘yelped’ when their puppy bit them, but that didn’t work for Sass. She just continued to play rough.
#2. Scheduling puppy play dates with pups the same age.
As you guys know, we love our local dog daycare! “Puppy dog daycare,” as I call it, really helped teach Sassy how to play properly.
You can schedule playdates with other puppies around the same age which will help your puppy learn “bite inhibition” faster. Just be sure your puppy’s friends have had the proper vaccinations so your baby doesn’t get sick.
#3. Re-guiding puppy to a toy.
We would re-route Sassy to a toy instead of our hands, arms, and various other appendages. This showed her that it was okay to be more rough with her toy, but not us.
#4. Letting out an “ow” or yip like your puppy’s sibling would.
Remember that puppies who grow up only around their siblings get a chance to test out their bites on them. Instead, you’ve brought that cute little pup into your home and so, in sense, YOU are now the sibling AKA biting test subject.
Letting out a little yip lets your pup know that what they did hurt and they need to ease up.
#5. Wear them out.
Sometimes puppies just have a bit too much energy. Take your puppy outside to play and run around or a for a walk to get some energy out.
#6. Put your puppy in a time-out.
There are puppy playpens especially for this. Put your pup in a time out and let him/her out once he/she has settled down a bit.
#7. Make sure your puppy is content.
Make sure your puppy isn’t hungry or needs to use the restroom. Some puppies nip and bit more when they are uncomfortable or need something from you.
It takes some time to work with your puppy, but training him or her not to bite definitely can be done. As always, remember not to spank or strike your puppy. They have no idea what it means and it’s completely ineffective.