My Puppy Keeps Biting My Hand and Pants Leg

Hi Jan;

My puppy is 14 weeks old now and continues to bite.  When we run in the park, she bites my pants instead of running after the ball.  What can I do to inhibit biting?  She has plenty of chewies and toys to keep her occupied….and I try to redirect her as soon as she starts to bite but nothing seems to be working….please advise.

Thank you!

Diana

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Hi Diana,

You must nip this behavior in the bud :-)
I have a few solutions you can try.

Biting is normal behavior for a puppy, but needs to be stopped.
Many  people say to yelp or say ouch loudly when your puppy
bites or to distract them.  But this doesn’t always work.

The current trend is to ignore the behavior and take away their
freedom.  Any type of attention given to bad behavior tends to
reinforce it, so you need to withdraw your attention.  Dogs want
to please you but don’t always know how so you need to train them.

Click this link to see a video on this method of training.

That being said, I trained my dogs the old fashioned way by putting
my hand into my puppy’s mouth and pressing on his gums.
Not too hard, my puppy never yelped, it’s just uncomfortable to have
my hand in his mouth. My breeders taught me to do this. This is unpleasant
for the puppy, and along with a command such as “no biting”, the association
will teach her that biting is not acceptable.

They also told me to flick him on the nose, with my finger, to startle him,
along with the same calm reprimand of “no biting” – no yelling.
I was skeptical but they had been doing this with him for a couple weeks
and it really seemed to work well.

Whatever you do, be sure you are consistent, and calm.  The alpha dog
never gets agitated, is just quietly firm.

To discourage puppy biting of furniture or rugs or your pants leg or
even your hand, anything you don’t want them biting, you can spray
Bitter Apple onto the object.  Available at pet stores.  Be sure to shake
the bottle before you spray to mix in the bitters.

If that doesn’t work, try putting some Ben Gay on the object – the only
problem with that is it smells pretty bad to us too!

I hope this helps.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Comments

  1. March 24th, 2009 | 1:41 am

    Yes!! the alpha dog MUST remain calm any yelling or irratation or spanking excites the pup and she becomes even MORE aggressive thinking it is a game. I have found calmly walking away to play alone or or giving her a time-out in the crate is much more benefical for both of us………..

  2. newpuppymom
    April 26th, 2010 | 12:42 am

    Easier said than done. Can’t walk away with the dog still attached to my pant legs.

  3. Rosie
    June 21st, 2011 | 4:10 pm

    Just read your advice as I too am have problems with my puppy biting my legs or shoes as he walks .. will try the above and let you know if it was successful. thank you

  4. January 25th, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    I agree with new puppy mom above, easier said than done! I have a nine week old Giant Schnauzer, usually a nice mannered little dog but I can’t walk away from him when he has a mad moment and swings on my trousers and bruises my legs and bites my hands. I have tried everything and it all seems to him just a game and makes him worse.
    Can anybody come up with something that really works?
    R

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