Dogs are always into biting, it’s simply part of their nature, their mentality. Even as puppies, they are already fond of biting and nipping on other dogs and people to explore their environment and their place in the pack. For us, owners, we should be mindful of teaching our dogs, especially when they are still puppies, that mouthing and biting are not acceptable acts. Common causes of biting, aside from the usual behavior are the following:
- Fear or Defensiveness
- Predatory Instinct
- Pain or Sickness
- Protection of Property
- Dominance Assertion
Here are some tips to help you deal with it:
ü Redirect the biting from your flesh to a toy or chew bone
ü Use a command and associate it with a specific act such as to stop biting.
ü In bad biting cases, as soon as he bites you, say NO and quickly put your thumb inside his mouth and under his tongue, and your other finger under his chin to make him uncomfortable.
ü Startle your dog with your voice, pull away and stop playing with him. This gives him an idea that when he bites, you’ll be gone.