Puppies start teething as soon as their baby teeth develop, ie, as early as 3 weeks.
Their need to bite into different things is far beyond mere play. Here are 5 tips to help you tackle puppy biting:
When puppies are at their peak of energy, their excitement usually translates into nipping and biting. While interacting with them during such times, always have a toy in your hand to redirect the biting so you can continue playing a little longer without being bitten.
2. Provide ample toys
Puppy biting is not a problem to be solved. It’s a behavior to be channeled. Provide your puppy with different textures and surfaces like rubber, wood, cloth, plastic, organic etc to bite on in order to relieve teething frustration.
3. Teach Bite inhibition
Instead of trying to put an end to the behavior, teach your puppy to apply the right amount of jaw pressure on the human skin. This is an important skill to teach every puppy living with kids and other pets, especially smaller animals.
4. Use a leash
A leash is not just an outdoor walking tool. It is an excellent communication tool. Next time your puppy tries to bite you, instead of pushing him away, put him on the leash and use it to create distance and further train him the right alternate behavior to perform.
5. Time outs
There is no bigger punishment for a puppy than not being able to play with their best friend! Time outs are humane, effective and an easy temporary solution. Keep a specific spot in the house as a designated time out zone (not crate). Remember to isolate your puppy from other people and other toys and edible things while he’s on a time out.