How to Stop Your Pitbull Puppy From Biting , Tips You Didn't Know ! 

Puppies are the cutest, regardless of breed. There's just something about their clumsiness and the way they nibble your hand while playing one second and pass out on your lap while sleeping the next. But as every dog owner knows, puppies need to be taught early on that biting is not an acceptable form of play.

How to Stop Your Pitbull Puppy From Biting , Tips You Didn't Know !

This is especially true when it comes to pit bull puppies and biting. Pit bulls don't just bite and let go, they hold on and shake what they bite. This can cause enormous damage to tissue, bones, skin and muscles. Understanding why puppies bite and how to break the habit is one of the many ways to successfully raise a pit bull.

Understanding how to chew, bite and pinch

All puppies, regardless of breed, explore the world and others in it with their mouths. They chew, taste and drag things around. These behaviours are completely normal. Chewing is a very light action, almost a grasping of an object with the mouth. For the most part, it is related to dentition and provides comfort when teeth grow and irritate the gums. You'll notice an increase in this behaviour as your puppy starts to lose his first teeth and his adult teeth start to grow.

Puppies often shed this behaviour on their own as their adult teeth grow in. In all the dogs I've had, including my current pit bull and my second pit bull, chewing ability decreased from 8 to 10 months of age and then resumed at about two years of age.

All puppies, pitbull or not, should be given toys of different textures that can serve as a better object to put in the mouth and chew on than your group. Nylabones are a great help, as are strong, durable plush toys.

Bite Inhibition

Bite inhibition is your pit bull puppy's ability to control the force with which he bites. It's surprisingly easy to teach and should start as soon as you bring your puppy home. One of the best aspects of this type of training is that it's effective when applied consistently and rarely leads to any frustration or outbursts of anger on the part of your dog. 

How to teach pit bite inhibition to pit bull puppies

The key to all dog training and what everyone in your household and your guests need to understand is consistency. When we adopted our pit, now a year old, he was about 8 weeks old and was terrified of people. We regularly welcome people into our home and just send them an email to tell them that we are dealing with a new puppy and that we need people to understand certain things before they come. Namely that we should ignore him (he is not very confident and this is the only way to win his friendship). The second rule was that if he attacked you, it was vital to stop any biting behaviour. Here's how.

When your puppy is particularly young, he may open his mouth to comfort himself. This behaviour may not bother you or your family members, but it's important to understand that whenever pressure is applied or the mouth becomes biting, it must be stopped.

The best way to stop biting and teach bite inhibition? Yelp! Puppies learn from their mother, littermates and other dogs as they socialize that a quick, high-pitched cry means "No" and serves as a warning that repeating this behaviour may result in something the puppy won't like. 

Speak to your dog in his own language: when he applies pressure and bites, simply bark and make your hand, foot or other part of your body limp. This takes the dog by surprise and teaches him very quickly. You should start at the first sign of your puppy's biting pressure.

Training tips

There are several things to keep in mind when teaching your pit bull puppy not to bite.
    • Don't encourage your puppy to bite. Wiggling fingers attract a puppy's attention, but they also encourage him to bite. Don't wiggle your fingers in your puppy's face. If you notice your puppy is attracted to a certain behaviour or movement, make sure you bark.
    • Don't ignore or isolate your puppy. Puppies need human interaction because they are pack animals. They need lots of bonding, and play is one form of it. Isolating or ignoring your puppy will reduce his confidence and can lead to anxiety. 
    • Keep an eye on children and guests. Make sure children and guests know not to get bitten when they play with your pit bull puppy and to bark and limp instead. Those who can't do so should not interact with the puppy.
    • Offer a distraction. If your puppy touches any part of you or your clothes with his mouth, give him a favourite toy to distract him. If your puppy moves away quickly, he'll often cling to 
    • Never, ever hit or yell at your puppy. Scaring a puppy can cause an aggressive reaction and seriously damage your puppy's confidence in you. The best training comes from positive reinforcement and confidence, never from fear. For these reasons, rapid, high-pitched, high-pitched yelling and providing constant distraction is the best way to train a puppy not to bite or pinch.

When to seek professional help

It's surprisingly easy to teach a puppy bite inhibition. However, if your puppy shows signs of aggression, contact your veterinarian for professional training recommendations.

Warning signs include growling, snapping, not letting go when you signal him yelping, having hair near the back of his neck, or taking an aggressive stance (stiffening and positioning himself over you).

The sooner you seek professional help, the sooner your puppy's behaviour can be corrected. 

Keep your vet informed

You can immediately call a trainer or sign up for a course, but be sure to alert your vet to any aggressive behaviour. Sometimes a dog may be aggressive due to illness or injury. For example, while some dogs show immediate stiffness when they develop tick-borne diseases, others become angry because it hurts to be touched. Your veterinarian may want to perform a quick examination if aggressive behaviors appear unexpectedly, which can mean the difference between a simple remedy and more expensive procedures.

All puppies, pit bull or otherwise, will bite, bite and bite at the mouth from an early age. This behaviour is normal and usually stops at about 8-10 months of age with the possibility of another cycle at about 2-3 years of age. A quick cry to alert your dog to decrease his grip is the best, proven way to teach a dog not to bite a person. Remember that puppies grow up and pit bulls, although they are no more likely to bite than other dogs, can cause damage if they bite as adults when they shake. Work with your puppy from the start and he'll learn the acceptable uses of his mouth and the valuable bite inhibition trait.

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