How to stop a puppy from biting | Expert advice from a Kennel Club expert


Meet Enzo – a 13 week old Doberman puppy.
He’s adorable and full of life. Enzo loves playing with his owner Paul but sometimes
the play can get a bit out of hand. Enzo. Enzo, that’s my finger. Bloody hell. He’s a very, very intelligent young puppy.
Very, very bright. Erm, responds extremely well to training. Within two days he was taught
to sit, lay, come, stay. But the main problem that we actually have with him is initially
with biting. He’ll bite really at any part of your body that’s available. Usually the
hands, forearms, maybe your elbows, your shoulders. Anything he can really get – get his teeth
into. The – the biting itself is usually soft to start with and it gets progressively harder
and harder, to the point of actually hurting quite a lot, and you know, on occasion puncturing. Enzo may be having a whale of a time but it
doesn’t look like too much fun for Paul. Dog Behaviour Expert Jane Hanshaw has come along
to see if she can help. We’re getting to the point now where we really
do need some advice to work out how we cure this and cure it quite quickly so we can start
to enjoy more as a puppy rather than having a head-to-head contest with him on a daily
basis. So when does he bite you? When you’re playing
with him, anything? It’s basically whenever he’s playing with
us, whenever he’s sitting with us. Really to start playing. Absolutely spot on. That’s when they do it,
start play. There are two types of puppy biting. The first
is in very young puppies who bite to initiate play, and because they don’t know how else
to react. Then there are the slightly older puppies who have learnt that biting gets a
reaction and that gets your attention, and remember, any attention is good attention
as far as a puppy is concerned. So what he’s doing is perfectly natural as
far as he’s concerned. He’s just initiating play. Usually we’ll try and divert his attention
to a toy. Yeah. So if we get a toy. That’s perfect. So if you could – I know that’s
hard, but if you could keep that hand still while he’s doing that. Okay. And then divert him onto a toy. Like that.
Perfect, absolutely perfect. If he bites your arm like that, keep it really still. Okay. And redirect him onto the toy. Right. Another way to deal with puppy biting is that
if the puppy bites you very hard, you can acknowledge that with, ‘ouch,’ and then you
leave. Just walk away calmly from the puppy. What you’re teaching him there is that biting
me hard means you lose my company. And this little puppy wants to be with you. What you’ve got to teach, and it is a teaching
process now, is that that fun stops. Yeah. That, yeah, that’s really good. That’s lovely.
Oh, that’s -this is really appropriate play. How long would you think it would be for them
to actually grow out of that and divert attention? That depends on the consistency of you doing
it. Every single time he bites skin or clothes, that becomes boring, and this is the more
exciting part. I’d have said a week, two weeks. Thank you. It really is achievable. Okay. It’s down to effort. Puppies are hard work. You mustn’t over train a puppy. The maximum
amount of time in one session should be just 5 to 10 minutes, but this can be done several
times a day. Paul is taking Enzo for a walk for a change of environment and to release
some energy before we continue with training. Come on, Enzo. Hello. Right, so he’s been out in the garden,
had a little go. I’ve been having a little mooch about. I found these. Okay. I’m assuming it’s his toys. Yeah, they are. When I’ve asked you to distract to play with
a toy, what I saw then is that he wasn’t releasing that toy very well. What’s important, if you’re
going to teach him to play, it’s important to teach him to release as well. Yes. Alright, so we’ll get him to play. Right,
good boy. Oh, that’s really clever. That’s very clever. So I’ll get him into a game,
yeah, that’s nice. You’re going to get a treat. For me ‘ and a reward. Very good. Does that make sense? Absolutely. So he has to have some reason for letting
go. Because at the moment he’s finding it very exciting. So have a little go yourself,
see if you can get him to play, but have a treat in your back pocket. Right. Alight, so you’re playing. Enzo. Gentle tugging, because he’s only got little
teeth. Say, ‘for me.’ Is it for me? Perfect. Good boy. Absolutely perfect. Right, now, eventually
– this is stage one. Eventually when you get, ‘for me?’ and you get that toy, the reward
is if you can get the toy back. Right, yeah. So we’re not always on treats. We’re going
to fade treats fairly quickly with a dog like this, to be truthful. Okay. At the moment you’ve got to teach what that
‘ for me? Please. Does that help? That’s a great help. Is it? Good. A great help. Just you’ve got to do it. Thank you very much. You’re welcome. Jane’s given Paul the tools to work with,
now it’s up to him.

76 thoughts on “How to stop a puppy from biting | Expert advice from a Kennel Club expert

  • It seems like your puppy was simply teething. They're just like human babies. Human babies teeth too and they bite too. It's the same for puppies. However, there's playful biting then there's aggressive biting. You will definitely know the difference between the two. I teach my Rottie bit inhibition which she does well at. She plays with me, but eventually I don't want to play with her teeth. My puppy is getting better with the biting but it'll take some time. I know she will continue because she's still teething.

  • Many puppies, including mine, get more excited when I pretend to be hurt, and they get more excited and bite more. I wish she'd noted that.

  • The only difference I do is I don't give treets I give love you know major butt scratches back scratches belly scratches

  • When they are little you need to teach them bite pressure awareness…not this redirect 🤬 if you redirect them from your hand to their toy you are telling them “ I am I big toy so bite me like you bite this toy”. 🤦🏻‍♂️🙏🏼

  • I really wish we could see before and after, I hear all these dog trainers with their mumble jumbo but I don’t see the proof in the pudding.

  • Ive watches a lot of videos and this is by far the best one in regards to biting and nipping! Thank you!!

  • Then there are the experts who say you should never play tug of war with your puppy. My year old puppy knows how to get the treats out of my back pocket.

  • I have a mixed breed dobe, half dobe half GSD, and thank God his tail is thicker than the dog in this video. That thing is tiny.

  • if it bites to hard give him a little smack and say NO!!! simple as that!!! stupid trainer doesn't know shit!!

  • Get a Buzz/Shock collar, I have one for my Doberman, I rarely have to use it for him, he is very well trained

  • In my experience the best way a dog learns not to bite/mouth is when it's playing with another dog. The other dog's reaction to it soon discourages the behaviour. This is where early socialisation has added benefits.

  • One or 2 wacks he will know if he bites he is going to get wacked . Works like a charm with all my Rotties . Not wack to injure the dog but let them know your not putting up with it and your the alpha of the pack . In my opinion abuse is when you cause injury not a gentle wack to earn respect .

  • The very minute a dog or a cat bites, you should immediately point your finger (If you still have one) at the dog's/cat's nose (to get his attention) and look at him in the eyes and say firmly, "No". Hold your gaze and your finger until the dog/cat show submission (looking down) and then, give him a pat. Most cats and dogs will get the message if you are consistent and do this a few times, your dog/cat will never bite you again. Even if he bites, he would bite ever so lightly!

  • We were taught, if you get bit by them at a young age you pinch their ear with your fingers but pretend to be biting them and then they learn you’ll “bite” back if they bite you and then they stop.

  • Same happens with my Doberman puppy she’s almost 2 months old and I’ve bleed a lot but she doesn’t ever do it on purpose it’s usually on accident when she’s playing but she play to rough

  • You redirect or re-channel his energy to something else! Especially if you plan on protection work with your dog! Plus you must remember he will lose his baby teeth.
    So the biting is pretty normal when cutting adult teeth!

  • They eventually grow out of it, if you survive. I thought my dog never would. She bit me for 3 yrs.. Those baby the th are so sharp. My arms are so scared.

  • Dude this does not work lol. When the dog bites you simply put your thumb on his tounge push down till he trys to get away or if he yelps. Hell learn in a week or less trust me.

  • my puppy is worser than that.. he is like incredible hulk.. he bites my hand my feet my face my arm my pillow my blanket my chairs,sofa, my bed, everything.. he even bullies my adult black lab.. by teasing it through biting the tails or feet.. and when i try to stop him he growls like a spoiled brat ahaha anyway he is a doberman cross puppy!

  • whenever my puppy sees me swing she will get jealous and start bitting me.and whenever I have breakfast it always start to bite and I have a lot of bite marks in my legs

  • For my dog we literally put our fists in her mouth and taught her that way what kind of mouth pressure was ok for play and what was too painful. We also used treats as a way to show her to be gentle in general when taking things from people, so she could eat a treat with our fingers partially in her mouth without hurting us at all. We told her exactly what we wanted her to do; "be gentle", "let go", "stop that hurts" with very specific tones. Be gentle would be a warning tone when she got too excited for her to remember 'calm down', and stop or enough would be very firm and she would then know 'uh oh i better stop'. Dogs are very smart and learn quickly when you are consistent and use body language/tone to your advantage. Now my butterball is an extremely gentle dog that doesnt bite even when attacked/annoyed by cats or kids, only cries lol 😂

    Note this sounds weird but we would also sometimes bite her back if she bit really hard, kind of helped consolidate the sense of "oh shit that hurts when someone bites, maybe i should not bite"

  • This works as long as the puppy is more interested in the treat than biting. Sometimes the biting is just too much fun for him, the treat is ignored.

  • I have a cockapoo when she does that.. i tell her get toy.. she gets toy and she bites on that.. if she gets aggresive and barks at me i ignore her.. and keeps it going.. ah NO i say that's it Annie.. kennel up…. Kennel up, and believe me she stops.. she hates kennel up.. but she does sleep there all night. absolutely love her! yup thats her in the pic

  • I have a 1 year old Siberian husky, he won't stop jumping and biting, no matter what I do or try he bites hard and jumps like a maniac only when he gets excited.

  • Calmly walking away when he is biting is almost impossible with my puppy. Its difficult to keep calm when his razor sharp teeth rip trough my jeans of cut straight trough my skin.

  • Slap him in the head or bite his ear that is what the parent dog would do and it does work. Never hit the dog in the rear it could damage the kidneys.

  • Bite gently on the ear- just enough to hurt a bit. When they realize it hurts they soon stop. WITHOUT FAIL!

  • There are some puppies that bite to play or get attention but some puppies like mine are just teething and need rubber bones or something to relieve their teeth and id wish she would mention that in the video

  • I have a lab puppy but when I’m around her she starts jumping on me and biting me. It’s started drawing blood and I don’t know what to do. She doesn’t want her toys or listen to me when I yelp. Help!

  • I would say pretending like it hurts you by whinning. Then if they keep it up . Take a fake dog act like it bites you, then beat the shit out of fake toy dog…gets them to stop biting evertime…..

  • I have a 7 month old Cane Corso (83lbs) and he bites everyone but me. He'll barely even touch my hand, but will bite anyone else in the room. I give him his rope or his favorite toy when he tries this to play. But he'll get so rough he draws blood on our company. I put him in his crate when he does this but still continues to do it

  • My rottweiler is doing this biting just now…I can tell she doesn't want to do it but it really hurts and bruises us…she's 7 months old and is only going to get bigger…I'm going to try these tricks to see if it helps…..wonder how enzo is now…❤

  • very informative video, however, if your puppy is not a food-driven type, you will be definitely having nightmare to teach 'for me' commander.

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