Dealing With Nipping Puppies ~ Now You Know


Thanks to S. Drew for asking how to deal with puppies & their razor sharp teeth.

Young dogs are very curious & they explore with their mouths. Touching, tasting & chomping are all part of how a puppy explores the world. That can get painful as puppy teeth are like little needles.

Learning to be a dog includes learning to control bite strength. Biting too hard is poor dog etiquette & this is learned through rough housing with litter mates. So how does a human deal with this chompy phase of a good dogs life?

You’re going to need to “puppy proof” your home by removing anything that might get chewed on from within a puppy’s reach. Shoes & boots go in the closet. Socks & undies go in a laundry hamper with a lid. Books should be up high or in a drawer. Electrical cords should be tucked behind furniture & unplugged if not being used. Plants, wallets, keys, human toys, phone chargers, all should be out of reach. Keep the bathroom door closed unless you like shredded toilet paper & finally, garbage pails should have lids. Phew! Look at it this way, if your puppy can get it in it’s mouth, it will.

Now it’s time to give your puppy positive options; chew toys instead of the furniture. First you need to establish what is their toy & what isn’t. When a puppy takes something inappropriate in it’s mouth you say something like, “no, that’s mine”, while offering a chew toy as an alternative & clearly say, “your toy”. Praise them for taking the chew toy instead. Dogs like to know the rules so they will appreciate you establishing these boundaries.

So chew toys will be very important for training.  There are so many but in our home we have had those made by Kong & our own Knotty toys for Good Dogs. Our Lil’ Gnaw is a good, all natural choice for a young pup. Have a few chew toys through out the home. Puppies, like children, bore easily. Puppies will also love a game of tug of war with you as this is a game all good dogs play with litter mates. To this day, my huMom & I still play tug of war with a Mighty Chaw Chaw.

Let’s be clear, you are going to get nipped. Be it from over stimulation or just a mistake, it will happen. Don’t get angry, the little pup is just doing what dogs do; they deal with excess energy or excitement through biting; that’s how they ground that energy. Always having a chew toy close by gives your puppy an option other than your hand to chomp on.

The good news is this is a phase, it will pass. With guidance & regular socialization, your puppy will grow up to be a wooftasticly good dog – like me. BOL!

Do you have a question about good dogs? Email us & we’ll try our best to find the answer.

CEO Olivia

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