Recently a friend of mine got the cutest new puppy! Unfortunately, she thought it was fun to play-bite them. (I just heard a collective ‘been there’ from all my fellow puppy mamas!) My friend asked for my advice on how to deal with puppy biting, so I thought I’d share it with you guys too.
Huskies are known for being some of the most excited little biters and chewers that there are. Sassafrass Lass (that’s Sassy’s full name) was no exception! She play-bit with the best of ‘em! I think 6-7 months was the worst of it, and I think part of the reason for that was she was also teething.
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. 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.
These are a few things we did that helped:
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.
Putting her in daycare
As you guys know, we love our local dog daycare! “Puppy dog daycare,” as I call it, really taught her how to play. Once we put her in daycare, she also was able to get out a lot of that puppy energy she had.
Re-guiding puppy to a toy instead of your arm.
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.
It takes some time working with them, but it definitely can be done. Sassy play-bites now and it doesn’t hurt one bit. However, she is also a year old so that puppy behavior is much better now too.
I’d love to hear your tips for our fellow puppy parents! Leave them below!