most common in young puppies and new dogs
Especially in play and while teething. It's up to you to teach your
puppy or dog what is acceptable and what is not. Most dogs and puppies
are generally loving, sweet, adorable, affectionate and wonderful 99% of
the time. Only 1% of the time does something specific happen that makes
the dog bite. This article will discuss the causes of biting and what
you can do to prevent your dog from biting.
Dogs and Puppies Must Learn to Inhibit Biting
First of all, dogs must learn to inhibit their bite before they are 4
months old. Normally, they would learn this from their mother, their
littermates and other members of the pack. But, because we take them
away from this environment before this learning is completed, we must
take over the training.
Socialization Prevents Biting
By allowing your puppy to socialize with other puppies and socialized
dogs they can pick up where they left off. Puppies need to roll, tumble
and play with each other. When they play, they bite each other
everywhere and anywhere. This is where they learn to inhibit their
biting. This is where they learn to control themselves.
If they are too rough or rambunctious, they will find out because of how
the other dogs and puppies react and interact with them. This is
something that happens naturally and it is something we cannot
accomplish. It can only be learned from trial and error. There is
nothing you can say or do to educate them in this realm. They must learn
from their own experience.
Another major advantage of dog to dog socialization besides the fact
that it will help your dog to grow up not being fearful of other dogs is
that they can vent their energy in an acceptable manner. Puppies that
have other puppies to play with do not need to treat you like
littermates. So the amount of play biting on you and your family should
dramatically decrease. Puppies that do not play with other puppies are
generally much more hyperactive and destructive in the home as well.
Lack of Socialization Causes Biting
A major cause of biting is lack of socialization. Lack of socialization
often results in fearful or aggressive behavior. The two major reactions
a dog has to something it is afraid of are to avoid it or to act
aggressive in an attempt to make it go away. This is the most common
cause of children being bitten. Dogs that are not socialized with
children often end up biting them.
The optimum time to socialize is before the dog reaches 4 months. With
large breed dogs, 4 months may be too late, simply because at this age
the puppy may already be too large for most mothers of young children to
feel comfortable around. For most owners, the larger the dog is, the
more difficult it is to control, especially around children. If there is
anything you do not want your dog to be afraid of or aggressive towards,
you must begin to socialize your puppy with them before 4 months of age.
Trust and Respect Inhibits Biting
There are many other reasons your dog will bite and you will have to
take an active role in teaching them. However, before you can teach your
dog anything, there are two prerequisites that are essential. They are
trust and respect. If your dog doesn't trust you, there is no reason why
he should respect you. If your dog does not respect you, your
relationship will be like two 5 year olds bossing each other around. If
your dog does not trust and respect you, then when you attempt to teach
your dog something, he will regard you as if he were thinking, "Who do
you think you are to tell me what to do?"
Use of Reprimands and Biting
Never hit, kick or slap your dog. This is the quickest way to erode the
dog's trust in you. Yes, he will still love you. Even abused dogs love
their owners. A unique characteristic of dogs is their unconditional
love. You don't have to do anything to acquire your dog's love. But you
must do a lot to gain your dog's trust and respect. Another area where
we destroy our dog's trust in us is when we scold or punish them for
house soiling mistakes and accidents. When housetraining your puppy,
there is never an appropriate time to punish or reprimand. If you catch
your dog in the act, just head for the towels and cleaner. You have no
right to scold him, because if he is going in the wrong place, it is
your fault, not his. If you find an accident after the fact, just clean
Summary Tips on Biting
1. Reprimand alone will never stop biting.
2. If no respect exists, the biting will get worse. If you act
like a littermate, the dog will treat you as one.
3. If trust is not there, the dog may eventually bite out of fear
or lack of confidence.
4. Inconsistency sabotages training. If you let the dog bite some
of the time, then biting will never be completely eliminated.
5. Don't forget follow up. The dog must understand that it is the
biting that you don't like, not the dog itself. Make up afterwards, but
on your terms, not the dog's.
Most owners wait until a bite just "happens to occur" before trying to
deal with it and are therefore totally unprepared when it happens - and
do all the wrong things, thus making the problem worse.
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