Dog Behavior Biting

There are millions of people bitten by dogs every year, half of them children. It is important to make sure that your dog does not exhibit biting behavior.

It is easiest to train your dog if you get your dog as a puppy. All puppies love to use their teeth to play. If puppies bite too hard when playing with their littermates, their playmate will let out a "yelp" and will stop playing. This is how puppies learn not to bite.

If your puppy uses your hand as a chew toy you should firmly say "NO" and turn away. The puppy will then get the message that biting behavior will not attract playmates.

Properly socializing your dog before 4 months of age will produce a well adjusted dog that is used to different dogs, people, sounds, and situations. If your dog is not afraid of something, he will not bite it in fear or anger. Run the vacuum cleaner, have people knock on the door, take him for a ride in the car. Expose your dog to all sorts of situations before he is 4 months old so that he will not react out of fear and bite someone.

Exercising your pet is also a great way to reduce aggression, at any age. Making sure that your dog gets enough exercise each day is an effective way to prevent unruly behavior such as biting. Taking your dog for a walk also introduces ways to effectively manage such things as: distractions, things they might fear, or territory disputes. This is an excellent time to train your dog to listen to your commands instead of acting on instinct.

Good training at a young age, socialization, and continued exercise are great ways to reduce the chance that your dog will exhibit biting behavior.

Visitor Comments

This is your chance to add your feedback. Do you have any tips in breaking your dog from biting? Or maybe you have more questions that either Dog Nation or another of our visitors might be able to help you with? Feel free to add your comment or question below.


No comments yet.

Add Comment

* Required information
(never displayed)
Bold Italic Underline Strike Superscript Subscript Quote Line Bullet Numeric
Smile Sad Huh Laugh Mad Tongue Crying Grin Wink Scared Cool Sleep Blush Unsure Shocked
Enter the fifth word of this sentence.
Enter answer:
Enter code:
Notify me of new comments via email.
Remember my form inputs on this computer.
I have read and understand the privacy policy. *
I have read and agree to the terms and conditions. *
Get your 10 part series and start eliminating your dog's behavior issues now!

Your Privacy is important to us! We will not share any information you provide.
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.
Gilda Radner
Best Friend's Friend Rescue/Shelter Contest

Previous Best Friend's Friend Winners

2014 - Animal Aid for Vermilion Area (AAVA)

click me
I made the pledge!