How To Prevent Your Puppy From Biting – Professional Dog Training Tips


– Now we know that all puppies bite and that’s a natural
part of puppy behavior but your puppy needs to know that is not an acceptable behavior. So in today’s video we’ve
got instructor Steve and his adorable puppy named Final. And they’re gonna give you some tools to prevent puppy biting. So that they get started
off on the right paw. I’m Ken Steepe. – I’m Steve Walsh. – And this is Final. Welcome back to McCann Dogs. (dog barking) – So puppies nipping and biting
is part of having a puppy. Every puppy does it and
even though we really try and prevent it from happening it’s something that every puppy does. Every puppy that I’ve had over the years. I know. Has done it. And this one is no exception. This is Final. He’s my little Border Collie puppy and I’ve had him for about a week. Even though he does nip and bite I’m teaching him some things
that can help him settle to be a little more proactive
when it comes to biting. Things that when he is really excited or even a little over tired I can sort of go back to
and help get some success and prevent him from sort of increasing in his level of excitement
or increasing that biting that hurts so much with
those little puppy teeth. Now in some of our other videos
we’ve talked to you about what you can do when your puppy is biting. But I’d also like to take a few minutes and talk to you about how
we can spend some time doing some things that
might prevent your puppy from biting and also
prevent them from getting a little over excited at the time. And one of the things that really can help is having a dog that’s comfortable with you holding on to their collar. Now little Final here since
the time he came to me I spent a lot of time
building simply value for a calm behavior while
I’m holding his collar. You’ll notice right now even
when he’s in my arms here I’ve got a hand on his collar to help sort of secure him first and foremost. But also he knows that’s a
really really good thing. When I have a young
puppy first things first. We wanna make sure that we
always have a leash or a line on them and you know this
is a pretty common thing. You see what he’s doing right now. He says hey this line looks
kind of fun to chew on and I’m just gonna remove
it from his mouth each time. Now what I can do to start the process of teaching him
that me holding his collar is a great thing is by
simply using some food to build some value and some calm nature. So here’s what’s gonna happen. I’m gonna come out. I’m gonna have this line on my dog. Now I am not gonna reach for my dog. I don’t want him to worry about
a hand coming towards him. And you’ll notice he likes food a lot. I haven’t fed him yet today so this is something I
do before I feed them in the morning or lunch or at dinner time. I use a little food to get his focus and I bring him in nice and close to me and then as he’s gleefully
chewing on those treats I simply reach underneath take a hold of his collar and say yes in reward. Good boy. Yes good boy. And let him know that when I take a hold of his collar good things happen. Good boy buddy. And then I can let go of his collar and I can try it again. I can take a little food. Put it out to his nose. Bring him in nice and close to me. Take a hold of his collar underneath. I’m not reaching over his head. And yes and reward. Yes and reward. Now you notice my voice is nice and calm. I’m rewarding him very close to me. I’m not reaching the food away from him. And I have a good hold of his collar. I’m not holding with a couple of fingers. He knows I have a hold of it. And then while he’s
calm I can also give him some nice calm praise
and some nice calm touch. Very good boy. Yes good boy. Excellent. Very good boy. So that’s sort of step one. Anytime I get a new
puppy this is the thing that starts to let them
know that me taking a hold of their collar is
a really really good thing. Now often times when it comes to nipping and biting we wait a little too long. We wait until the dogs are
overtired or they’re distracted by a lot of different things or they’re just a little
bit overstimulated. I like to take some opportunities to allow my dogs to play when they might be a little bit more
calm right off the bat to A first let them know
that I give them permission to play and we can have some fun. But also then take the
opportunity to teach them how to settle at the exact same time. Now I give my dogs permission
with a clear command. It is okay play time. And play time means we can have some fun. We can jump around and I do
very short little spurts of it because what happens is
I play for a little bit and then I use my leash as sort of the conduit to get
my hand to his collar. So when I have a puppy
that’s jumping around and playing I don’t want to just try and reach out and grab them. I want to calmly let them know
that it’s time to slow down. So it’s sort of a yellow light. My subtle command is a
bit of a yellow light that says hey something’s gonna change. My hand slides down into that collar and because I’ve spent
some time building value for him being calm with
me holding his collar you can see what he just did there. He went oh okay. I guess I should sit. So here what it would look like okay. I give you gonna have a
little scratch there buddy? I know the collar’s itchy. It’s all new. I’m gonna tell him okay play time. Let’s have a little fun. Oh that’s good. Settle. Good boy. Excellent. And then when he does settle I can say yes and reward him. Over and over again. Good boy. And then we can repeat the process again. Take a hold of my leash. Now you notice I’m holding the leash. I’m not gonna let the dog run away. I wanna make sure I have secure
hold of him at all times. I can tell him okay let’s play. Oh that’s good. Get that thing. Good job. Now he’s gonna play with the leash. I’m gonna just take it out of his mouth. And begin to play. Good job. Settle. Slide down in. I’m just gonna remove that
line from his mouth again. Good boy. Yes. Good settle. So I’m not getting him very excited. You’ll notice that I’m doing it in very small snippets because I want to put more value for
the settle than the play. I want him to understand
that when he settles that’s a really really good thing but it’s all about my permission. I say okay buddy now it’s time to play. And now I need you to slow down. Now often times when we start to play they can get a little over excited so if that happens and he’s not settling with simply holding the collar I can draw him into me. Just tuck him up into my side here and go to that little passive restraint and let him sort of
settle in that position. And you can see when he does that he gets to this position
and he goes oh okay I like this spot. I’ll just hang out here. Now you can see he’s
doing very well at this. He settle quite a lot and again I’ve only had him for a week but this is something I
focused on right off the bat. So I’m actually gonna make it
a little bit harder for him. I’m gonna get him a
little bit more excited because he’s being respectful right now. He’s not putting his teeth on me but I kind of want him to so you can see exactly what we will do. And again I have the leash in my hand. And now you’re gonna see whoa. He says he is excited. So okay play time. We’re gonna have a little fun. Get that thing. I’m gonna use my hands. Let him play. Get it get it get it. Get that thing. Get that thing. Ja he’s crazy. Now I’ll see if I can get it again. Settle. Yes. Good settle. Excellent boy. Now I’m gonna try it again and I’m gonna up the ante even more. I’m gonna stand up. I’m gonna jump around. I’m gonna make myself really exciting to see if I can kinda get
him a little bit silly. So here’s what it’s gonna look like. Okay let’s play. Ah get the thing. Ja get it get it. Ow hey. Now my hands were nice and close. His teeth went on my fingers. So I simply said ow
followed by a little hey. Took a hold of his collar. Settle. Good boy. Good job. And then I can yes and
reward that good settle. So I feel him relaxing while
I’m holding the collar. He’s not still tense waiting to explode the moment I let go. I want him nice and settled and again when he is I can let go of that collar. I can calmly pet or praise. And then we can do it again. Okay let’s play. Ah crazy. Ooh who’s nuts? Ooh are you ready? Are you set? Are you ready? Are you set? I’m gonna push you over here. Settle. Good job. Good settle. That’s my guy. Very good job. And he’s very interested in the
line in the floor right now. In fact that’s something
that most puppies will do. The moment you put this
line around their neck it becomes a bit of a chew toy. Now I don’t make a big deal out of it but I do every time he tries to chew on it simply remove it from his mouth and see if I can get him to leave it alone. That’s an important thing
that you follow through with every single time and
often times people will get to the point where they go oh my gosh. It’s just a line. Let the puppy eat it. You need to follow through
each and every time with him to let him know that he
shouldn’t play with it. Ready? Are you set? Okay get it haha. Ow hey settle. Good. Good now I was actually intending to get him a little higher there. However he opened his
mouth and his teeth hit me. He didn’t bit down. But I want to address
that every single time. If I interrupt things and let him know that’s not appropriate, he quickly learns that’s not something that keeps the fun going. It’s something that in fact
requires a little settle. But again once he is
settled and nice and calm then I can yes and reward him again. Now as he gets a little
bit more adept at this I’ll also try and push
him a little bit more and to really test his understanding of that idea of settle. So you know using the collar is a great way to do that but sometimes I’ll test it and see if simply
changing my body language can let him know what to do
along with that settle word. So my next steps for him is
I’m gonna put him on the ground and we’re gonna have some play. But instead of reaching
for his collar right away I’m simply gonna stand
up and tell him settle and see what he does. Now of course if he settles right away I’m gonna calmly yes
and reward him for that. If he doesn’t I’m simply gonna
slide my hand down the leash. Take a hold of that collar. Let him settle and then
still yes and reward. I need to let him know when he’s correct. So let’s see what he does here. He says I’m an itchy puppy. We’re gonna do some things. Are you ready? Are you set? Okay let’s play. Ah crazy wow. Oh he’s nuts. Oh he’s crazy. Oh he’s nuts. Now I’m gonna get that
leash out of his mouth. Settle. Yes good boy. Excellent boy. Good job. Very good. And I’ll give him a
couple of treats for that. Simply me standing up
really changes his picture. Now I’m gonna see if I can get him a little bit more excited and see if he will maybe not settle. Okay let’s play. Ah oh oh are oh. Oh he’s crazy. Oh he’s crazy. Oh he is nuts. Oh are you ready? Are you set? Settle. Oh good boy. You are an excellent boy. Now how do you not settle? No big deal. The leash is in my hand. I can slide my hand right
down to that dog’s collar. Take a hold under his chin. When I feel him relax then I
can yes and reward him again. Now when I talk about feeling him relax what does that exactly mean? Well with me taking a hold of his collar he’s sitting calmly. He’s not pulling against me. I’m not feeling him tense. He is literally nice
and relaxed in my hands and I can give him a nice calm pet. And let him know what
a great job he’s doing. If you feel your dog still
either pushing against you or pulling against your collar. Or just in general feel
them sort of stiff. That’s not exactly the idea of relaxed. I want him just sort of saying okay dad. You got my collar. No big deal. Now he’s still very
interested in that line and I’m just preventing
him from going hey. Good. That’s better. So as I was doing that he was a little distracted and
thought you know what? I really want to go to that line. I’m gonna just take a little bite at you. Now he didn’t bite hard. But the point is I addressed it in that moment in that second. I didn’t wait. I know. Good that’s better. Excellent boy. So again he got a little stiff there. I thought about biting at this line and we’re over there and he
really wants this right now. I’m just letting him learn. Good boy. I know. Life is very exciting. Hey leave that. Good. Good. That’s my guy yes. Excellent. So he was a little excited. He was a little frustrated. He wanted to go to that line. He really thought that would be something he should do right now. I’m letting him know every time that he just needs to
wait for my direction. – I want to thank
instructor Steve and Final for giving us some tools
for preventing puppy biting and instructor Steve mentioned a little bit about leadership training. If you’re looking for more information on leadership training
click that card right there. On that note I’m Ken. – I’m Steve. – And this is Final. Happy training guys. Bye for now.

29 thoughts on “How To Prevent Your Puppy From Biting – Professional Dog Training Tips

  • Another quality video!!

    My oldest was a pretty bad bitter as we got him at 11 weeks so he had some habits already.

    We ended up giving him a toy so his mouth was occupied with something else whenever someone came home or when he got too excited. That helped with the immediate OMG THEY ARE HOME excitement, then we would put him into a sit before we sat down which built more into him learning restraint. Then we released him from the sit and gave him all the love he wanted.

    Now a year and a half later when we come home he will frantically run around sniffing looking for a toy even though he doesn't bite anymore. Once he has it he comes running for his we are back home love. 🙂 He also does the same thing in the mornings when we wake up, gets a toy and has a full butt wag going on.

  • I hope this video helps you to be successful when you're preventing your puppy from biting. If you're looking for more ways to be a great leader for your puppy, so they learn to come when they're called, walk on a loose leash and get to enjoy even more time with you, then watch this Leadership Dog Training Tips video: https://youtu.be/QntS570VFZ0
    Thanks for watching, Happy Training! ~Ken

  • Thank you for this! We have a 12 week old puppy and the biting and nipping can get really out of control when he is tired. I have been looking for good ways to address this other than redirection which doesn't always work. So excited to start this with him!

  • Great channel. Could you possibly do a video on the appropriate age for certain training, from a 6 week old pup to obedience training age. Many thanks. 😊

  • My little schnoodle just got all her teeth in last week and last night while playing she nipped me really good with her k9's, it broke skin on my thumb! We've been giving her chew toys to distract her, or placing her back in her exercise pen when she's biting too much and stating "no biting" before/after we've placed her in the pen. I hope these methods work, I'm definitely trying this method as well when I get home because she's a biting ninja right now!

  • Very informative video! Love how each step of the process is discussed. Keep up the great work and quality content! Thanks

  • Hi! I have a 12 week old German Shepherd puppy at home that is new to our house. He have had her home for about a month and everything is going great with her. But we have a 15 year old dauchsund who at first just kind of coexisted with her. We have different areas of the house sectioned off with puppy gates so the two don’t really interact. At first they just kind of coexisted on each side of the gate with not much action. But this week it’s like something changed and every time our old dog sees the puppy she goes insane barking and it’s definitely a threatening bark not playful. My German Shepherd puppy doesn’t bark back really but looks like she wants to play. Is there any thing I could do to get them to get a long at this point? I am afraid to put them together because I don’t want either to get hurt. We didn’t really socialize our dauchshund, she has always just been our house dog.

  • I really appreciate the in-depth discussion on this. We have been struggling with our 13 week old Aussie Shepherd, and while we’ve made some progress we had some setbacks too. Part of the problem is not recognising when she getting too worked up, and by the time we realise it’s too late and she’s jumping up and biting my legs, arms, and hands. So I’m going to take a step back, focus on really noticing her body language, working on prevention, rather than a cure. ☺️ It shouldn’t get to the stage of her jumping up and biting. We really appreciate your videos. Thank you.

  • Thank you for the video! I have a 5-month german shepherd, who has been with me for about 2 months. Is it too late to start this training with her? When she bites and i grab her collar, she gets very angry, and bites more. Should I continue until she learns?

  • I am getting a puppy June 1 and am watching only training from your channel to learn proper methods. You guys really do explain things so well and the quality and content is A+++++. Thanks for the great videos

  • My Husky is six months old and he still biting I try giving him a chew toy and he still tries biting me and my husband.

  • Great information! I love the training vids, but you guys make it seem so easy. It never goes this smoothly for me.

  • Thank you so much for this video! My 11 week old golden lab loves to bite ankles/toes/pants while I’m walking. Any recommendations?

  • My 15 week old Great Dane puppy play bites constantly. I’ll be trying this with him. I can’t pick him up and hold him one-handed but I can tuck him to me. 😂

  • Hi, love the videos. I don't like saying Yes to mark good things I just say good boy is that okay? Also, what do I do when I hold his collar and he just flops and rolls on the ground trying to nip still?

  • Excellent Video. My 3 month old Shih Tzu bites the Tail of my 9 year old dog. What can i do? He is not happy about it .

  • Just wanted to thank you guys! Been working on this very thing with my 8 week old Doberman puppy and he's learning so quickly that nipping is not tolerated. The "settle" command is really helping.

  • I have an 11 week old Great Pyrenees puppy and she is STUBBORN. She will listen while I’m training her but as soon as someone else starts playing with her she still nibbles.. any tips? She’s going to get so big I don’t want her thinking thats how she should play with humans (I also think it has something to do with how she’s already playing with a full grown lab and a German Shepard so they play hard )

  • Awesome video! Super helpful, I am going to try this with our new pup. We have had her for almost 3 weeks and she's really getting intense with her biting. Now to find the video on how to have a collar fit properly.

  • Thanks for the recommendations. I sort of accidently adopted a hound pup that's somewhere around 8 months. He loves everyone but gets too wound up and the next thing you know it's snap snap bite bite. I've been yelling Ow! and leaving so he understands that play stops then but I need to help him settle down. The other day I found myself just holding him at arms length dangling from the leash because he had gotten too wired and I couldn't let him get hold of me.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *