How to Train Your Puppy to Stop Biting

 Puppies can be cute, but when they bite you, it’s not so adorable. Puppy biting can become a real problem if you don’t take steps to stop it in its tracks. This article will help you to train your puppy to stop biting, by teaching him not to take your hands as his chew toys, and showing him that you’re the best thing he could ever have in his mouth. Follow these simple tips and tricks, and your puppy will soon be biting only when it matters most – when playing with other puppies! 

How to Train Your Puppy to Stop Biting

1) Understand why puppies bite 

Puppies bite for a variety of reasons. Some puppies bite because they're teething and their gums are sore. Others bite out of excitement or fear. And some puppies just enjoy the sensation of biting! No matter the reason, it's important to nip puppy biting in the bud. Not only is it painful for you, but it can also lead to serious behavioral problems down the road. So how do you stop your pup from biting? Here are our top five tips: 
  1. Start with basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and down. As your pup masters these commands, they will be less likely to bite out of excitement or disobedience. 
  2. If your puppy does mouth you during playtime, let out a loud yelp to startle them. This will communicate that biting is not acceptable behavior. 
  3. Immediately redirect your puppy’s attention to a chew toy or bone if they start to mouth you. This will help them understand that chewing on people is not allowed. 
  4. Be consistent with your commands and discipline so that your puppy knows what is expected of them at all times. 
  5. Provide plenty of mental stimulation for your pup by challenging them with new toys and games that make their brain work. 

2) Know what triggers your puppy 

Is your puppy teething? Do they bite when they're excited or frustrated? Once you know what triggers your puppy's biting, you can begin to work on training them not to do it. 
Start with basic obedience commands (two sentences): As your puppy begins to understand basic obedience commands like sit and stay, they will be less likely to bite out of excitement or frustration. Give your pup lots of praise for following these commands! Once they've mastered the basics, you can add other more complicated ones like rolling over or high-fiving. 
Keep in mind that it may take a while for this behavior to go away completely; however, once you start teaching them good habits early on, they'll grow up into well-behaved adult dogs! 

3) Why using pain or fear are counter-productive 

Punishing your puppy for biting may seem like the logical thing to do, but it can actually make the problem worse. That's because puppies bite for a variety of reasons, including teething, boredom, and fear. If you punish your puppy for biting, it may become afraid of you and start biting more often. The best way to stop your puppy from biting is to provide them with positive reinforcement when they display good behavior. Teach your puppy that chewing on toys is acceptable by giving them praise when they are playing with their toys. However, if they chew on furniture or other objects that aren't toys then give them a stern no. Don't let any negative behavior go unpunished; this will help curb bad habits in the future. 

4) Decide on a training method 

There are a few different ways you can go about training your puppy not to bite. You can use positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, or a combination of the two. The most important thing is to be consistent with your chosen method and have patience. If you are unsure which training method will work best for your pup, consult with a trainer to help decide what technique would be best. 
  1. Use positive reinforcement methods: A puppy that is biting too hard can be taught not to bite so hard using positive reinforcement methods. The first step is to identify when your puppy is biting too hard. This can be done by paying attention to body language cues. If your puppy starts to get too excited and starts mouthing or nipping at you, say Ouch! in a high-pitched voice. This will startle your puppy and let them know that they are biting too hard. Once they have stopped, give them a treat and praise them. Repeat this process every time your puppy bites too hard, and eventually, they will learn that if they bite too hard, they will not get a treat or praise. You can also use a toy to distract your puppy while playing with them as an alternative way of teaching them not to bite so hard. 
  2. Use Negative reinforcement methodsOne way to train your puppy not to bite is by using negative reinforcement methods. This means that whenever your puppy bites, you will immediately remove your hand or whatever they are biting. This will teach them that biting results in the loss of something they want, which is your attention. You can also try saying no or ouch in a firm voice whenever they bite to show them that it hurts. Finally, make sure to give them plenty of chew toys so they have an outlet for their chewing needs. 
After deciding which type of training you'll pursue, start implementing the technique into everyday life with short sessions. Again, consistency is key so don't skip days between sessions and stay committed to the program. Training should always be fun for both owner and pet so mix things up and give them treats from time to time! 

5) Determine the best time to train 

The best time to train your puppy not to bite is during their key learning periods, which are between 8 and 16 weeks old. You'll want to take advantage of these windows by teaching your puppy basic commands, such as sit, stay, come, and down. You can also begin socialization training at this time, which will help your puppy learn how to interact with other dogs and people. When you start training your puppy at an early age, it's much easier for them to catch on because they haven't yet developed bad habits that might make training more difficult. For example, if you wait until your pup is 6 months old before beginning training, he may already have learned some bad habits that could be harder to break. But if you start when he's younger, you're more likely to be successful in his or her training because the behaviors aren't ingrained yet. 

6) Make sure your commands are clear and consistent 

It's important that your commands are clear and consistent when training your puppy to stop biting. You'll need to be consistent with the words you use, the tone of your voice, and the actions you take when issuing a command. If you're not consistent, your puppy will get confused and won't know what you want from him. Be patient and keep at it, and soon your puppy will learn what you expect from him. You can also try rubbing your puppy's nose in something he's just chewed or drooled on so he knows how bad it tastes or smells. 

7) Get support from family members 

One of the most important things you can do when training your puppy not to bite is to get support from your family members. If everyone in the household is on board with the training, your puppy will be more likely to learn quickly. Here are a few tips for involving your family in the process: 
  1. Choose one person to be the primary trainer. This will help avoid confusion and inconsistency in the message your puppy receives. 
  2. Have regular training sessions together as a family. This will help everyone stay on the same page and understand what is expected of the puppy. 
  3. Make sure everyone uses the same commands and rewards during training. This will again help avoid confusion for the puppy and make it easier for him or her to learn. 
  4. Be consistent! Remember that consistency is key for success with any type of dog training, so don't forget to set up regular training times together as a family and use the same commands and rewards every time. It might take some time, but once you see how excited your puppy gets at the sight of a reward coming his way, you'll know it was worth it! You may even find yourself with a friendlier pup than ever before. 

8) Have realistic expectations about the length of training 

It's important to have realistic expectations about how long it will take to train your puppy not to bite. Just like with potty training, every puppy is different and will learn at its own pace. Don't get discouraged if it takes a little longer than you expected. The most important thing is to be consistent with your training. Use an easy word or phrase to let the pup know they're doing the right thing when they stop biting. We've found that using the good boy as our catchphrase has been very effective for us! Every time the pup bites we calmly say no, tell them a good boy, and then give them a treat or something else to chew on. When he does stop biting, we praise him with lots of affection - whether he deserves it or not! ;) 


If your puppy is biting excessively, it's important to take action to train them to stop. With patience and consistent effort, you can teach your puppy not to bite and help them develop into a well-behaved dog. Try out some of these tips and see how they work for you and your pup.

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