How To Train A Dog To Stop Biting

How To Train A Dog To Stop Biting


If you’ve ever been bitten by a dog, then you understand how painful and upsetting it can be. While getting bitten occasionally is normal behavior, especially when a puppy is teething, it’s still very important to train your dog not to bite at all. Bites from dogs can be serious, even fatal in some cases. Learning how to stop your dog from biting is important for everyone’s safety and well-being! In this article we’ll discuss why dogs bite, what types of bites are more common than others (and therefore more concerning), as well as tips on how owners can prevent their dogs from becoming biters with training techniques that help both puppies and older dogs learn new behaviors while unlearning unwanted ones.”

Put the puppy in time-out.

  • Put the puppy in time-out. If your pup has a history of biting, you need to teach him that there are some places he should not be biting. A time-out room is an ideal place for this: it’s boring, quiet and safe, and dark so he can’t see what’s going on outside (which may make him feel more anxious).
  • Make sure the crate or room is comfortable enough for them to sleep in comfortably; you don’t want your pup getting too cold or hot during their time out! If they’re feeling bored or anxious from being separated from other people or pets, try talking softly through the door with treats programmed on a schedule so that they associate positive feelings with being alone after being naughty outdoors.

Use a water bottle or a loud noise to discipline the dog.

If the dog bites, you can use a water bottle or a loud noise to discipline him. For example, if your dog bites while playing with another dog, give them both a spray of water from a squirt bottle. This will startle them and make them think twice about biting each other again.

Another option is to use an electric shock collar. Some dogs may never learn not to bite without one of these collars, but they aren’t for everyone so check with your vet before trying it out!

Avoid playing aggressive games like wrestling or tug of war.

  • Don’t play aggressive games with your dog.
  • Don’t encourage aggressive behavior by playing games that encourage the dog to bite or be territorial, possessive, and/or aggressive. This includes chasing, wrestling with the dog, tug-of-war (even if it’s just a game of tug with a rope), or any other game where one person is “winning” and the other person is “losing.”

Give the dog plenty of chew toys.

If your dog is biting, it’s probably because he or she is trying to relieve stress. The best way to teach a dog not to bite is by providing him with chew toys and other things that will take his mind off of whatever is troubling him. This can be as simple as providing your pet with something to do when you’re eating dinner or watching TV so that he doesn’t feel the need to get in on the action (and potentially bite).

You should also consider giving your dog plenty of chew toys—especially those that are designed specifically for aggressive chewers. These types of toys give them an outlet for their energy, which can help prevent them from biting others out of frustration. In addition, these types of toys teach dogs how they should interact with objects—namely, gently!

Teach the dog the “leave it” command.

Teach the dog the “leave it” command.

Use a treat to get your dog to drop the item.

Once you have successfully taught your dog to drop items on command, you can then teach him/her not to bite someone or something that is not theirs. This will help them understand what belongs to them and what does not belong to them.

Consult an animal behaviorist if you are dealing with aggression.

If your dog is biting you, or another person, consult an animal behaviorist. If your dog is biting other dogs, consult a trainer or animal behaviorist. The same goes for any other animal in the house—if it’s biting someone in the family, get help immediately.

Bite prevention starts with proper socialization and training from puppyhood onward. To learn more about how to introduce your puppy to other animals and people in a way that will prevent her from becoming aggressive later on (and potentially dangerous), check out our piece on How To Introduce Dogs To One Another

Don’t roughhouse with your dog, just give him love and affection… on his terms, not yours!

You may be surprised to learn that the answer is no! You should not play games with your dog that involve biting, chasing, dominance, aggression or fighting. If you want to build a good relationship with your dog and train him to stop biting he will need lots of love and affection.

This means giving him treats when he does something right and spending time with him playing fun games where you make him feel loved. It’s important that you don’t roughhouse or play aggressive games as this will teach them how to fight or be aggressive when they are playing with other dogs in the future.

Use these tips to help stop your dog’s biting behavior

You can use these tips to stop your dog’s biting behavior:

  • Use positive reinforcement. This means rewarding your dog when he is being good, e.g., sitting still or not jumping on people. If you have a puppy, use treats as rewards initially and then switch to praise as the puppy gets older.
  • Use negative reinforcement. This means punishing him for bad behavior with something unpleasant, e.g., using an air-conditioning unit on low temperature to get his attention or pranking him by spraying water from a hose in his face if he bites someone during playtime with other dogs at home so that he learns not to do it again because it hurts! Your goal here is for him associate biting other dogs/humans with receiving pain/getting wet so that he stops doing this action altogether instead of just stopping when there’s no one around anymore (e.”g., when playing alone).


The important thing to remember is that you must be consistent in your training. If you are inconsistent, your dog will not understand what he’s doing wrong and how he can avoid getting into trouble next time. Use positive reinforcement and rewards when he does well so that he knows which behaviors get him praised!

One last tip? Don’t worry if it takes a while for you to train away this behavior — different dogs have different personalities and some are more stubborn than others when it comes to biting habits. But with patience, consistency, love, and affection… you’ll have a happy pup on your hands who doesn’t bite anymore!

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