5 Tips on Training Your Dog Not to Bite
Guest Writer: Dixie Somers
Puppies and dogs can bring a lot of joy into your home. Your pet really can become your best friend. A dog that bites can be another story, however. Dog bites aren’t just painful. They can place you at risk of an expensive lawsuit if your pet bites someone else. As a pet owner, you can be held liable for your dog’s actions. Training your dog not to bite will take some work, but with a few simple strategies, you can do it. Here are five tips for training your dog not to bite.
If possible, begin bite-training your dog as early in their life as possible. Puppies taught not to bite from a young age are generally easier to train, and the training is usually more effective. This doesn’t mean your old dog can’t learn a new trick, however. If you’re bringing a full grown dog into your home, you can still effectively train them by starting the process right away. Ensuring your new pet, regardless of their age, understands the rules of the household from the beginning will help prevent biting issues.
Puppies usually learn bite inhibition, or the act of gentle mouthing instead of dangerous biting, by interacting with their puppy brothers and sisters. During play, if a bite is too hard, the bitten puppy yelps. It’s the dog version of a person yelling “ouch!” The sound is startling and teaches puppies not to bite each other too hard. When your pet bites harder than is appropriate, let out a loud yelp or sharp command to remind them to be gentle.
Use Negative Consequences
Providing a punishment when your dog bites shows them that their behavior is unacceptable. Consequences should be as immediate as possible so that your pet understands why they are being punished. Ignoring your puppy and refusing to play for a full minute, putting your dog in time-out in another room, or taking away a toy or favored item for a short time are appropriate punishments.
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Add Positive Reinforcement
When your dog exercises bite inhibition by gently mouthing instead of biting, chooses a toy to play with instead of attacking hand or ankles, or refrains from biting in a situation they normally would have, reward them. Extra play time, pets and cuddles, kind words, or a treat will show your pet you approve of their behavior. Using this method in conjunction with offering negative consequences makes it clear to your dog what you like and what you don’t.
Socialize Your Pet
As you progress with your pet’s training, you need to introduce them to other people, animals, and places. Socializing as a portion of their training teaches your dog how to behave around others and what is appropriate outside of your household. Use your training tips if you have guests over, when taking a walk around the neighborhood, or while visiting a local dog park. This step is essential to making sure your dog doesn’t bite.
Using these tips consistently, you should be able to teach your dog appropriate behavior and bite inhibition. This increases your pet’s chance of survival – biters are often euthanized. It also reduces your risk of liability in a dog bite lawsuit. For more information about dog bite lawsuits, visit a firm like Knochel Law Offices PC. Knowing how these lawsuits work can help you know how best to restrain, train, and contain your dog when guests are over.
5 Tips on Training Your Dog Not to Bite
GUEST AUTHOR BIO: Dixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves to write for women’s interests and the home niches. She lives in Arizona with her husband, three beautiful daughters and a spunky Jack Russell Terrier who makes life interesting.
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