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Why does my puppy... bite?

Puppies often engage in biting behaviors as a part of their natural development and communication. Understanding why puppies bite can help you address the behavior effectively and guide them towards appropriate behavior. If you want to know more, need some advice or training tips regarding your puppy's biting habits, ask a member of the K9 Anytime team today for more information.

Teething: Puppies, like human babies, go through a teething phase where they experience discomfort and itching in their gums. Chewing and biting help alleviate this discomfort. Management: Provide appropriate chews to soothe their gums, supervise playtime and redirect biting towards them.

Exploration and Play: Puppies use their mouths to explore the world around them and play with their littermates or humans. It's a way for them to learn about their environment and socialize. Management: Encourage play with appropriate toys and redirect biting onto those. Use positive reinforcement for gentle play.

Attention-seeking: Puppies may bite to get attention or a reaction from their owners, even if it's negative attention. Management: Ignore the biting and redirect their attention to a toy or another activity. Reward calm and gentle behavior.

Excitement or Overstimulation: Puppies can get excited or overstimulated during play, leading to biting as an outlet for their excess energy. Management: Monitor playtime and intervene when they become overly excited. Take breaks and provide structured play sessions.

Social Learning: Puppies learn from their littermates. If they were allowed to bite without consequences during playtime with their littermates, they may continue this behavior.

Boredom or Lack of Exercise: Puppies need mental and physical stimulation. If they're bored or haven't had enough exercise, they may resort to biting for entertainment. Management: Ensure your puppy gets regular exercise and mental stimulation through walks, playtime, and training sessions.

Fear or Anxiety: Puppies may bite out of fear or anxiety, especially if they haven't been properly socialized or have had negative experiences. Management: Create a safe and positive environment for your puppy. Gradually expose them to new experiences and people in a controlled and positive manner.

Consistent training, positive reinforcement, and patience are key to addressing puppy biting behavior. If the biting persists or develops, ask K9 Anytime staff for help.


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