Is your puppy biting you and other members of your family? Are you at your wits end trying to figure out how to teach him not to bite? Whether the biting is playful or aggressive, this behavior needs to stop now. If the puppy is allowed to continue biting while he is young, he will bite when he is an adult dog and that can spell big trouble for both you and your dog.

types of biting

There are two types of bites: normal or playful bites and aggressive bites. Playful biting and nipping is common behavior in litters of puppies. They roll around, play, romp, bite and pinch. This is normal.

playful biting

When you bring your pup home, you and your family become his litter or pack. Since biting was normal behavior in the sand pack, your pup will think it’s normal behavior in this new pack. When you play with or pet your puppy, you will find that your arm or hand, or both, will end up in his mouth. This is known as mouth. All the puppies do it, but it cannot be allowed to continue.

Say no to playful biting

A puppy’s teeth are razor sharp. It won’t be long until your arms and hands are riddled with puncture marks. When your pup bites, cuddle him against his chest and wrap your other hand around his muzzle, saying “No!” at the same time. sharp and firm. After repeated and constant reprimands, the puppy will realize that his playful biting is not acceptable and he will give up the annoying habit.

When you wrap your hand around your pup’s muzzle, do so gently but firmly. Make sure his hand is not on his nose. He has to be able to breathe while he is reprimanded. This training method will not work if other members of the pack (family) encourage rough play. Let all pack members know that horseplay will not be tolerated.

chew toys

Be sure to buy your puppy plenty of chew toys. Encourage him to play with them. Praise him when he chews on the right things. When he chews on household items, remove them and replace them with one of his toys. You will soon learn what is acceptable and what is not.

Repetition is the key to discouraging biting. Every time a puppy bites you, hug him, hold his mouth and say “No!” sign. You will be surprised how quickly your pup responds. Like children, puppies quickly learn what they can and cannot do.

aggressive biting

Aggressive bite is accompanied by growls and a stare. It is not a continuous action, but a snap, release and withdrawal. When this happens, grab the pup’s muzzle in the same way as explained for biting play, accompanied by a loud, high-pitched “No!”

Aggressive dogs do not like to be held; they like to be in control. This is out of the question. You are the leader of the pack and you have to teach your pup that you, and only you, have the dominant role.

One way to teach your puppy that you are dominant is to wrap him in a baby blanket or towel and lay him on your lap while you watch TV, read, or engage in conversation with someone. Keep him there for thirty to sixty minutes, until he stops moving and calms down. This sends you a strong message that says, “I’m in control.”


Never play with an aggressive puppy. He plays more passive and fun games like hide and seek, fetch, sniff the treat, or leash training. It is imperative that aggressive biting has ceased before your pup is four months old. The longer he is allowed to show aggression, the more difficult it will be to break the habit. In a sand pack situation, the pup’s mother and siblings would never tolerate aggressiveness. He would be promptly reprimanded and put in his place. If he still hasn’t stopped aggressively biting, sign him up for a dominance training course taught by a professional. The expensive will be worth it for both you and your pet.

Biting in adult dogs

Adult dogs bite for only two reasons: uncontrolled dominance or fear. It is imperative that you never allow your puppy to aggressively bite without a harsh reprimand. However, never hit your dog. Instead of eradicating aggression, hitting encourages it.

Take the control

Taking control and abolishing aggressive behavior the first time it occurs is much easier than waiting until it has happened several times. Let your pet know from the start that aggression of any kind is unacceptable.

Be consistent

To get your puppy to obey your commands, you must earn his respect and trust. You do this by teaching him basic commands while he is very young. Be consistent. Never let your pup get away with unacceptable behavior. He uses repetition. Do the same thing over and over again and… well, you get the idea.


When your pup is successful in his efforts to please you, praise him and pat his head or scratch his ears. When it fails, try again. Never physically reprimand your dog. This breeds fear and fear will make him bite.


Interact with your dog. Play with him, walk with him and join him. This will make him want to please you and when you reprimand him, he will get the message. Soon, his pup will stop playing and biting aggressively and will mature into a happy, healthy dog ‚Äč‚Äčthat will bring a lot of joy to his life.