How Do You Stop A Puppy From Nipping?
There are multiple steps that one can take to try to stop a puppies from nipping.
Here are a few different ways.
Use No chew spray
To stop a puppy from nipping at your furniture, you can you no chew sprays as they are designed to deter the dog from chewing the sprayed area.
Use Toys To Distract Nipping Puppies
You can distract a puppy’s attention by using toys. This is especially useful for puppies that like to nip ankles, as the toy will stop them from nipping at your feet. In order stop puppies from nipping, keep a toy in your pocket as you move about. When the puppy does nip take the toy from your pocket and show it to them until they grab onto it. If you’re walking and the puppy starts nipping at your feet and you don’t have a toy readily accessible. You should stop walking and wait for them to stop nipping. When they do, give them praise and pet them.This teaches your puppy that he will be rewarded when the nipping stops.
Use Puppy Psychology
It’s totally normal for puppies to mouth each other when playing. If the mouthing turns into a bite, the puppy getting bitten will yelp, this will make the puppy that is biting release as it startles him.
When people play with puppies and the puppy bites to hard, copy the yelping sound. Once the pup let’s go don’t pay attention to her for about 15 seconds, then proceed with playing.
You may need to give puppy a time out if puppy continues rough play more than three times in fifteen minutes.
Trying to pull away from the bite can provoke the natural chase instinct and make the issue worse. If you prefer to make another loud verbal substitute for the yelp such as ow that is fine also.
Why Do Puppies Nip?
Puppies, much like human babies, use their mouths to explore the world around them. As puppies begin to teethe they naturally start chewing on things. This behavior can carrier over into adulthood, as teaching a dog not to nip can be rather difficult. Nipping can be cute during the puppy stage. As the pooch gets older it can become annoying especially if a dog were to play hard.