Puppy Biting vs Puppy Nipping
Likely you found this page because you feel that your puppy bites you - too hard and too often, right?
Well, once you've taken in Dog Biting, you know that almost certainly all your puppy does is nipping, not biting. Though you may be suffering pain (and possibly even skin punctures from the spiky puppy teeth), for your puppy all of that is PLAY. But if you don't funnel that play NOW towards something you and others can bear when your little puppy is a strong adult German Shepherd, you will reminisce about today's "puppy biting" as the most pleasant and affectionate time you've had with your puppy!
So to avoid Puppy Biting Problems, act NOW and act right.
How to stop puppy biting
Whether you have a biting puppy or a nipping puppy, all the same principles and means that are listed in Stop Dog Biting also hold true when you have a puppy and wish to stop puppy biting. In fact when you have a puppy, that's the time when it's easiest to prevent dog biting that otherwise you may be facing later with your adult German Shepherd if today you can't get your pup's nipping under control!
- Socialize, socialize, socialize every day of puppyhood, and thereafter every other day!
- Undertake some form of Bite Inhibition training every day
- For this, invite your puppy to controlled "play-fighting" sessions when nipping is allowed(!)
- When not invited, but your puppy nips, use the Collar Freeze, and upon repetition Isolation
- Perform our renowned Feeding Routine every day
- Establish every family member as accepted Pack leader (mark accepted!)
- Learn to read dog body language
- Don't stress out your puppy with strict methods of Obedience Training, or with inconsistency
- Keep your puppy occupied as much as possible - boredom is toxic for puppies!
- Do NOT lock your puppy in a crate when you are at home (or a family member)
- Do not leave your puppy alone at home for more than an hour before (s)he is fully house-trained
- Once housebroken, focus on all the other topics of house-training your dog
- Once your puppy is fully house-trained, give your puppy free run of the house
- Provide a place where your puppy can feel safe while sleeping
- Have your puppy wear a loose genuine leather collar all the time (day and night)
- Aim for consistent feeding times
- Provide your puppy with fresh drinking water day and night (don't worry, you will not have to take your puppy out more often!)
- Occupy your puppy with light tasks and training that challenge mind and body
- Being a herding dog(!), already the GSD puppy needs progressively more gentle outdoor exercise to feel at peace
The quicker you become your pup's accepted Pack leader (see 4 above), the sooner the nipping or biting will stop! Of all the above points, accepted Pack leadership is best established via 2, 3, and 14 - with 3 being the prime means.
Be aware that accepted Pack leadership has absolutely nothing to do with the forced-upon Pack leadership that all others advise who promote Obedience Training.
At MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG we do not promote Obedience Training, because it is detrimental to building the best relationship with your dog - which is our guiding principle. Therefore our Periodical subscribers learn Behavior Training. We are unique, and we always will be.