How to Teach Puppy Not to Bite

teach puppy to not bite

To teach a puppy to not bite, there are a few different methods you can try. Some of these include Yelp and go limp, Redirection, and Physical punishment. Using any of these methods will ensure your puppy learns not to bite you in the future. The best way to train a puppy not to bite is to start early.

Redirection method

When you want to teach your puppy not to bite, you can use the redirection method. This simple training method involves rewarding your puppy whenever they listen to cues and stop nipping. You can also use age-appropriate chew toys to help your puppy’s gums when it is teething.

The first step in redirection is to redirect your puppy’s attention to a toy or to another part of the room. You should start by saying “Leave it” when the puppy tries to nip, and then follow up with a “yes” or “good.” Then, you can move on to a more difficult step, like leaving the treat visible in your hand and putting it on the ground. If your puppy still bites you, try redirecting it to a toy or chew.

Yelp and go limp

If you see your puppy biting something, stop what you are doing immediately and make a loud “Ouch!” or yelp. Your puppy will be scared of the sound, which will encourage it to stop. You should also avoid screaming at your puppy.

Yelping is a form of negative punishment, which means that you take away something that the puppy enjoys. In this case, the puppy loses his interest in play and attention, which are two of his favorite things. This is a great way to distract him and teach him to replace that behavior with another one.

Rewarding your puppy

Rewarding your puppy for not biting can be challenging. It can be very frustrating and you might want to stop. But it is important to stay calm and consistent. By rewarding calm behavior you can prevent biting. In addition, a timeout is a useful tool to distract your puppy. It can also distract adult dogs, so that they do not bite.

Using a tug toy is one way to teach your puppy to stay. Hold the toy for about thirty seconds and then remove it. Reset this process at least three to 10 times. Use this method before your puppy starts to wander off. Another helpful technique is walking around in a circle. This can be done in a room or outside.

Physical punishment

There are several methods you can use to teach your puppy not to bite. First, if you feel your puppy biting you, give a loud yel, walk away, or even put your hand behind a door. When your puppy doesn’t bite you, try to repeat the procedure. This will decrease the frequency and intensity of your puppy’s biting.

Another method is to use a taste deterrent on your puppy’s mouth. You can use the taste deterrent by spraying it onto the puppy’s mouth. This should startle your puppy and make them stop mouthing. Repeat this for at least two weeks to see a reduction in biting behavior. When using this method, make sure to be patient with your puppy. Puppies often mouth things and are learning, so you shouldn’t punish them too severely.


It’s important to socialize your puppy to avoid unwanted bites. Shy puppies are not often exposed to people or other dogs and often don’t learn to reduce the force of a bite. In fact, a classic case study describes a dog that was never a bite until it was a pup, and then bit a child while chewing a bone. That bite was so strong that it left deep puncture wounds. Although socialization is crucial for puppies, the process can be difficult and take some time.

If you’re having trouble socializing your puppy to not bite, try a puppy behavior class. These classes are gentle and positive, and instructors should have experience teaching proper bite inhibition and puppy socialization.