Stop Dog Biting


Let's say you know now how to distinguish dog biting and dog nipping and you wish to avoid all the dog biting problems (and puppy biting problems respectively). Then how do you stop dog biting?

This article looks at adult biting dogs.

How to Stop a Dog from Biting

To stop dog biting, best is to make use of the many means below to prevent dog biting in the first place, then there is no need to respond to dog biting. Prevention here is much easier than one may think, while responding to a biting dog is much harder than one may think!

So let's look first at what we can do to prevent dog biting altogether.

Dog bite prevention

The following are the key means to prevent raising a biting dog, and in particular a biting German Shepherd Dog:

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  1. Socialize, socialize, socialize every day of puppyhood, and thereafter every other day!
  2. Undertake some form of Bite Inhibition training every day
  3. Perform our renowned Feeding Routine every day
  4. Establish every family member as accepted Pack leader!
  5. Learn to read dog body language
  6. Avoid stress for the dog, particularly avoid conflicts in the Pack
  7. Minimize boredom for the dog - boredom is poison for dogs!
  8. Ensure that your dog is always well hydrated
  9. Provide a place where your dog can feel safe while sleeping
  10. Do not lock your GSD in a crate
  11. Do not chain your dog
  12. Do not agitate your dog with needless choke collar, electronic collar, or similar nonsense
  13. Aim for consistent feeding times
  14. Before you take your dog out for dog walks, perform SSCD inside the house
  15. Upon the first sign of aggression, perform the Collar Freeze or walk your dog away
  16. Occupy your GSD with daily tasks and training that challenge mind and body
  17. Being a herding dog(!) give your GSD at least 2 to 3 hours daily outdoor exercise

The more of this you actually do, the better! And be aware: A well exercised dog does not bite.

Now what if in your case dog bite prevention comes too late?

Then continue reading, how to respond to dog biting.

How to stop dog biting

If your dog already has a history of biting (even if only once yet), the more you do of all the above the better. Every point above still is just as valuable!

Now however you need to consider additional things. And being able to read dog body language is essential now in order to avoid further situations of dog biting. Because dogs don't bite out of the blue, they typically have communicated a whole series of warnings with their body language before they even consider to bite.

See it this way: Dogs cannot communicate in our language, everything they know about us and everything that determines their behaviour with us, they learn from watching our every movement and facial expressions. This allows the dog to sense our mood and feelings (or another person's) much better than people could do - because people focus on speaking, and we lost so much of the skill to quietly observe and listen.

The moment you start to consciously observe your GSD is the moment you start to understand your dog. It's a long way to go, but it's perfectly achievable for any person to understand dog body language with certainty. If you can read your dog's feelings just over half of the time, you are well on your way to stop dog biting as well as other forms of dog aggression. Besides, learning to quietly observe and listen helps to deal with people too, including other dog owners.

If you have children in the house, it is vital that your children learn to understand the German Shepherd body language too. The most obvious dog expression they need to understand to stop dog biting is of course the growling: When is growling a serious warning, and when is it something else? As long as the children cannot distinguish different forms of growling and read the dog's body language, they should not be left alone with the dog, and they should immediately leave the dog alone when the dog starts to growl in any way or shows other signs of discomfort.

Obviously dog biting can also occur without any prior growling at all, hence why understanding dog body language is vital for a dog with bite history, and why you shouldn't leave kids alone with the dog. A dog that behaves perfectly well when calm but gets aggressive when stressed, is not well-suited to look after children, or to be looked after by children (children produce a LOT of stress in dogs). Luckily, by their nature, German Shepherds have a high tolerance for stress, and even when they get stressed, GSDs have no tendency to bite (unless raised badly or suffering a trauma).

More here:

Dog Biting

Dog Biting Problem

Puppy Biting Problem

Stop Puppy Biting

Dog Aggression



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    I have two dogs one is a small mixed breed about 6 years old and the other is a German Sheppard about 18months old. Both are female and have gotten along well since introducing the German Sheppard at about 4 months old. The smaller dog has been spayed and the German Sheppard has not been spayed. Over the past week the German Sheppard has growled then bitten the smaller dog on three different occasions. I bought a muzzle and have been keeping it on the German Sheppard. The German Sheppard had been very docile over the past two days so I took the muzzle off. After about an hour, the German Sheppard snapped and bit the smaller dog again (this time requiring stitches). What do I do?


      You do go through the long list above and determine what point you've missed to actively do?

      You also determine what your German ShepHERD is saying before she is biting: "People who have problems with their dogs, have problems to read their dog's body language." So, what does she communicate to you or the other dog the minute before she bites?

      Can you pl do both and tell us?


    My German Shepherd has bitten his third person and not just a nip a full jaw bite the first was when someone was at our back door and shoved my husband aside and bite her the second was a 5 year old who was walkin down my back lane I was Taking him for a ride and he ran and nipped her thank god it wasn't a puncture ,and third again someone was knocking on our door husband' answer and he jumped through the screen door and bite her hard drew blood with third and first bite , he is 3 years of age and I don't want to put him to sleep until we tried everthing that we can for him not to bite he Is such a kind gentle dog we also have two cats and a dashhound dog he's good with them.. I understand he's protecting our home and family. But this biting and really hurting people with his powerful jaw bite is scary I want my neighborhood to feel safe and there children safe .I've been reading some advice you've written .I also purshase a muzzel and and a very thick harness so when walking he's body is secured .he would try to go after people even we are walking this is why the muzzel came into the picture ..any more advice u can throw at me .I'm frustrated and want putting him asleep last resort ....sincerely crystal


      We have 7 Periodicals relating to dog biting alone. Which ones have you studied? And which ones have you applied?

      The point is, at your dog's stage, there's so much that has gone wrong in the past that you would need to perform a general assessment of where you stand with your dog, Crystal. I am not sure if you have started with the basics that are necessary to prevent dog bite incidents.

      Here's one of the many essential Periodicals that really should have been adhered to long before your dog bit the first time. You are double lucky though:
      - It's never too late to change our behavior towards a dog!
      - The Bite Inhibition Periodical links to another essential Periodical ;-)


    Hi my name is emily we currently adopted a GSD mix and she is generally quite docile (VERY much an attention seeker.) Before we got her we tried our other two dogs, and she was fabulous, but now we have an issue between her and our senior carin. She is generally aggressive with him, and will flash her teeth, pin her ears back, growl and sometimes bite him. She does not have ANY issue with the younger submissive dog in fact she dotes on him. She will play with him and let him nip and chew on her ears, but if she sees us paying attention to the carin, she will start to show aggressive body language. We have tried removing her when she shows sings (again teeth flashing, hackles raising, etc) and she's NEVER agressive with the house members. We have taught her that we (my brother and me) are the leader: we have had her for almost two months and she knows to sit still for the leash and wait, eats after we do, lets us inspect her mouth/teeth no problem, lets us remove bones, treats, or the food bowl (we only do this because she poaches/eats the other dogs stuff) and will go to her spot on command so far. But we are stumped as to what else to do and why she picks on our senior. She seems to knows it wrong when she does it; if she sees us her tail will go down, she will elongate her neck/drop her head and will leave, yet she just doesnt seem to care at the moment. Im pretty sure is a dominance thing because again no problem with our submissive dog, and we have learned pretty quick she HATES female dogs (she is spayed.) For now we seclude her to the downstairs when we are not home and supervise her time with our senior but we have no idea how to fix it

    P.s . Sorry for the long post


      Sorry I didn't get it, can you write in one sentence what the problem is?


        Basically our GSD mix we adopted started to become agressive/possesive a few weeks after we adopted her, but ONLY towards our small senior dog (toto). She adores our other small dog but has bitten toto and will flash her teeth, and show agressive body language to him. So far we have told her no firmly when it happens, and then seperated her but she still does this and doesnt seem to improve.


    I can not tell him no or try to stop him from doing bad habits ( like biting furniture) because then he comes after me . only me listens to my boyfriend , but not me . he is 8 months now & getting very big. I'm worried.


      Kathy, you need to go through the same dog behavior adaptation that I recommended many other owners in your situation. I documented that in Q&A 1. It's really way too much to try to repeat that here.
      If you don't wanna read that, at least make sure that you never appear subordinate! A GSD (and any dog) must NOT "come after you" if the dog isn't happy with your command!
      If your boyfriend isn't willing to support your dominance, change the boyfriend or the dog: Without cooperation, no safe Pack structure!


    I stopped in at a neighbor's house the other day and walked into the gate with the owner. 2 GS about two years old-litter mates. The owner and I walked up the steps and entered the gate to the deck. The two dogs were on all fours when I walked in, but both immediately jumped up to put their paws on the rail, pinning me in between them. The dogs do not know me. The male grabbed my left upper arm with his mouth gently crushing, breaking the skin a tiny bit. I turned around to get my arm away and then he immediately grabbed my right forearm, did the same thing, only with more force, again slightly puncturing my skin. Both bites were hard enough to leave good sized bruises. The owner said the dog has never attempted to bite anyone before. Additionally, beside being pinned in between the two dogs, I had just gotten out of my car and my dog had been leaning up against me. Would either of these actions have precipitated the dog's aggression? ( Being pinned between him and his sister and the dog probably smelling my dog on my skin?) I made light of it, saying to the owner, it was "just one of those things" as I didn't want to cause problems, but should I consider this a "dangerous" animal, at least to me? Since he bit me once, (well, twice), is he likely to single me out in the future? Should he be considered dangerous to others? Thanks!


      I am not the council/city official in your area, but for me the critical point in your story is: "I... walked into the gate with the owner".

      Had you been alone when entering the neighbor's property (ie the dogs' assumed territory) then the owner would be in no trouble at all, because the intruder takes the risk getting bitten (or in the USA worse: shot).

      But you entered "with the owner", and that nuance gets the owner in big trouble: The owner must ensure that you are at no risk at all. Bleeding, or a non-bleeding bite mark, even just feeling threatened by the dogs would have legal consequences if you wanted.

      Obviously you don't want that, because it doesn't help you to struggle with your neighbor. Nonetheless, the owner of the two dogs clearly has the dogs not under control, that's a training deficit, and (s)he must address that asap, or (s)he may soon indeed face costly legal trouble when someone else does sue the owner.

      If it was me I would, very kindly, make the owner aware that (s)he has urgent training needs, or will face trouble with someone else.
      How I would make the owner understand this? I'd say: "Look, just imagine it was YOU who entered MY property, and MY dogs acted out that same way and left YOU with these marks (showing them now), what would you think or say in terms of safe handling of my dogs?"

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