How To Train A Dog That Bites

How To Train A Dog That Bites


I had a dog that loved to bite. When I say “loved,” I mean it was practically his favorite thing in the world, next to eating and chasing birds. In fact, he bit so much that he made my niece cry (she was two at the time).

It may come as a surprise that my dog is no longer with us. I gave him away to an older gentleman who lived on a farm and wanted a companion dog for his teenage granddaughter. Why did I keep this dog, the one who couldn’t stop biting? Because sometimes dogs bite out of fear or confusion, not aggression. It’s likely your dog will grow out of this behavior if you work diligently to help him transition into adulthood—and beyond—with confidence and understanding rather than fear and doubt.

Start with a lead.

The first step in training a dog to accept a lead is to introduce the lead. Hold it casually, like you would a leash, and let him sniff it. Make sure he realizes that it’s not scary or threatening by letting him play with it for a few minutes. Then try to get his attention again and slowly lead him over to where you want him to go—the door of your house, for example—and encourage him with treats or praise when he follows along. If he pulls back at all, make sure that you don’t jerk on the leash; instead use gentle pressure on their collar (or harness) so they know what’s expected of them.

Once he understands what “come” means, move onto teaching “sit” and “stay.” Again, keeping your tone calm and even will help keep them from becoming afraid of what might happen next—although if their fear turns into aggression toward people or other dogs who approach during this training period then its probably best not proceed further until things have calmed down somewhat!

Give treats.

To train your dog to stop biting, give him treats.

This is a simple concept that many people find difficult to execute. The idea is this: you want your dog to behave in certain ways, and in order for him to do so, he must be rewarded for his good behavior. This reward does not have to be anything fancy—just a small piece of food will do!

However, just like with any reward system (for example: getting paid for working at an office), there are some rules that need to be followed when giving treats out. The first rule is that the treats must be given immediately after the dog has done what you want him or her to do; if they’re given too early or too late then they lose their value as a reward and may end up causing more problems than they solve by encouraging bad habits instead of good ones. In general I’d recommend using small pieces of dry kibble because these tend not only be cheap but also easy on most dogs’ stomachs if eaten in large quantities; however if you have pets with specific dietary needs then feel free adjust accordingly!

Teach him that biting you isn’t fun.

  • Use a firm voice.
  • Use a loud voice to startle the dog and then stop.

Use the “leave it” command.

The next step is to teach your dog a command that means “leave it.” This can be done by pairing the command with something your dog finds unpleasant. If you have a treat in your hand, show it to them and then say the word they’ve been taught to mean “leave it.” When they stop biting, reward them with the treat.

Repeat this process as often as possible until your dog learns that whenever you say “leave it,” he’s going to get something nice from you (like a treat). Once he understands this, start using the command during other situations where your dog might bite someone or something. When he bites anything else on purpose, call him over and give him praise when he stops biting whatever item he was trying to grab hold of. Then show him how good things are when he behaves himself and doesn’t try taking anything away from anyone else—this will reinforce his understanding of what the command means!

Get professional help if needed.

Even if you feel confident in your ability to train your dog, there might be times when you need help. If your dog bites or is aggressive, it’s best to get some professional advice from a professional trainer. They can provide the specific training and guidance that you need so that you can properly care for your dog and prevent any serious harm from occurring.

When searching for a professional trainer, take note of whether they are certified by an accredited organization like the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Certification indicates that they have passed rigorous exams on canine behavior, training methods and ethics. This shows that they’re knowledgeable about how dogs learn as well as how to teach them new behaviors effectively without causing undue stress or pain on either side of the leash!

A dog that bites can be trained with some patience and understanding.

You will need to keep your dog on a leash when it is in public. You should also do what you can to prevent an attack from happening. For example, if you know that a particular person or animal causes your dog to become aggressive, avoid them whenever possible.

If your dog bites someone and causes injury, he may be declared dangerous under local laws and ordinances and possibly taken away from you permanently by authorities. Your pet insurance company may refuse coverage for those injuries as well!


It can be a bit difficult, but with the right training methods you can have your dog biting less and being a better member of the family. Remember to always use lots of positive reinforcement when it comes to training, and don’t punish him too much when he does something bad. He’s just trying to learn like any other pup! With patience and consistency all that should be left over from this article on how to train a dog that bites is some happy memories for both you and Fido!

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