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How to Stop a Puppy from Biting and Nipping

How to Stop a Puppy from Biting and Nipping

Puppies are so curious about everything that they want to eat everything. Raising a puppy might be difficult for some individuals because of the nipping and biting. Nipping and biting are normal puppy behaviors. Puppies nip and bite for many reasons, including for 

teething, playing, exploring their environment, and communicating with other dogs and people. 

While puppies typically outgrow the urge to nip and bite, poorly trained puppies can develop lifelong bad habits that can be difficult to break. If your puppy’s nipping and biting are becoming a problem, there are several things you can do to stop it.

What Are Some Reasons Puppies Bite And Nip?

Puppies bite and nip when trying to get their teeth in, playing, or trying to herd. When pups are teething, their teeth emerge and require chewing on objects. Because this can cause pain, they may bite more than typical when it occurs. Puppies also like to play, but sometimes their mouths get the best of them and bite too hard.

Lastly, some dog breeds have a strong instinct to herd, which means they want to keep things in order, even people. If a puppy is biting at your heels, it’s probably because he thinks you’re part of his flock and he’s trying to keep you in line. 

Five Ways To Get A Puppy To Stop Biting And Nipping:

1. Turn Your Puppy’s Biting And Nipping Into Good Chewing:

As your puppy ages, it will want to look around and find its place in the pack. This can show up in the form of biting and nipping at you and your family. Even though this is normal for dogs, getting them to chew on something safe is essential so they don’t hurt themselves.

There are a few things you can do to stop your puppy from biting:

● Always give them a variety of appropriate chew toys to choose from.

● If they bite or nibble at you, say “no” and provide them with a toy instead.

● Make sure you praise them when they chew on their toys instead of biting people.

You can teach your puppy not to bite people and to chew on the right things if you are patient and consistent. This will help make your home safe for everyone and keep them from getting hurt.

2. Teach Your Puppy, “Don’t Bite.”:

Like most obedience commands, you’ll need to be consistent with this one for your puppy to learn it. Say “no bite” in a firm voice when your puppy starts to bite or nip, and then give him one of his chew toys. He’ll learn he can’t bite if you tell him enough times.

You can also teach your puppy not to bite by giving it lots of things to chew on. This will give him something else to do besides try to bite you or your items. When he uses his chew toys the way you want him to, praise him so he knows he’s doing what you want him to do.

Lastly, remember that puppies are like small children who sometimes need a break to calm down. Put your puppy in his crate or designated area for a short break if he gets too excited and starts biting more than usual. This will help him relax and, hopefully, stop him from biting in the future.

3. Don’t Roughhouse With Your Dog:

Puppy games like tug-of-war can make them bite and nip, which is how they would play with other dogs in the wild. So there’s no misunderstanding about what kind of biting is acceptable. It’s best to stick to gentler games like fetch or catch. Puppies are like small children who need time to figure out what’s right and wrong.

Games like tug of war, which involve biting, can teach puppies that it’s okay to bite people. This can lead to serious behavior problems in the future. Stick to games that aren’t too rough, like fetch or catch, so your dog doesn’t get confused about what kind of biting is okay.

4. Use Positive Reinforcement To Train, Your Puppy:

Punishing your puppy for biting and nipping will only make him afraid of you and could make him aggressive in the future. Instead, give him treats when he behaves well around people and other animals (such as not biting or nipping). This will show him again that biting is not okay and make him more likely to want to repeat the behavior you want to see more of.

5. Stay Away From Situations That Make Your Puppy Bite Or Nip:

If you know your puppy is more likely to bite or nip when he’s excited, try to avoid problems that will make him excited. For example, if you grind your feet when you walk, you could carry him until he calms down or teach him to “heel” so he knows to walk next to you instead of in front of or behind you.

Carrying your puppy instead of walking him is one way to keep him from biting and nipping.

This will help keep him calm and stop him from getting excited and biting his feet.

Another way to stop him from doing this is to teach him to “heel,” so he walks next to you instead of in front or behind you. 

What Are Some Things To Avoid When Trying To Stop A Puppy From Biting And Nipping?

When puppies are young, they bite and nibble at everything they see. This can be a problem for people who don’t want their puppy to hurt anyone or destroy their things. You can stop this behavior by doing a few things.

First, give your puppy toys and bones to chew on. This will help them use their energy well and, hopefully, keep them from biting each other. 

Second, if you see your puppy about to bite or nip, make a loud noise (like clapping your hands) to scare them and get their attention away from what they are about to do. 

Lastly, give your puppy many good things to do when it is not biting or nipping. This could include giving them treats, petting them, and praising them. 


In conclusion, biting and nipping are common in puppies but can be problematic for owners. You can do a few things to avoid this behavior, including providing chew toys, redirecting their attention, and reinforcing good behavior with treats or petting.

By taking these steps, you can help your puppy learn that biting and nipping is not acceptable behavior.

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