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Teaching Puppy Not To Bite

I have a 12 week old boxer and 20 month old twins. I need my puppy to stop biting and I'm not sure on how to do it. Sometimes I tap him on the nose or just put him outside after saying bad boy. I'd also like to know if putting him outside while I go to work is okay? I would like to get him house trained so he can sleep on his bed at night. Please help.


Jackie from St.Petersburg, FL


I think as a puppy he might well be teething just as a baby would, so he will actually need something to chew on. There must be loads of things you can buy, rubber bones, etc. As for putting him outside all day, has he got his own 'house"? I'd feel sorry for him left alone and lonely the whole day, he's a baby. Have you heard of the "dog whisperer" maybe he has a website tip re: house training.

By lisa lovely

Get Lots of Bones

I agree, your dog is still a puppy and puppies are still teething. Get lots of rawhide bones, plus teething toys.

As far as leaving your puppy outside alone, get a crate for house training your dog. The dogs love their own space. Put him in the crate when you leave, let him outside as soon as you get home. Crate him at night, let him out first thing in the morning. He will eventually go to his crate when he sees you getting ready to leave the house, or at bedtime. I housebroke my 1 12 year old Cairn Terrier this way and it really works well.

By GrannyB


Please don't leave a dog outside when no one is home. That's a big danger. Someone could poison them, steal them, tease them and get bitten. They could hurt themselves and bleed to death, regardless if you have a fenced-in yard.

Crating is good, but it has to be a reward/den/safe haven, "not" a punishment. Only put toys in it that there is no danger of chewing off pieces and choking on them. Don't let them eat rawhide without an adult present, because the pieces swell in the stomach and intestines and can hurt them and possibly kill them. I don't let my dogs eat them at all. The foreign made ones can have poison in them, too.

When a puppy bites say "ouch" like a litter-mate would. And then play ends immediately and you walk away ignoring him. Do this every time and it shouldn't take long for him to realize that biting means the fun stops.


By Me

Stern Voice

The best method we ever found for stopping our puppies from biting is when they bite you, grab and hold their mouth shut and say no in a stern voice. Then ignore them for a while. Do this every time they bite and they will soon get the message that it's not allowed. This also works if your dog barks a lot.

By sjackie2000

Gentle Methods

I always try the most gentle methods first, it works on some dogs. "Never" use your hand as a toy. "Never" play rough (wrestling, shoving, etc.) when biting occurs, tell him "no, get a toy" and get a toy to play with. When he plays with the toy then, tell him how good a boy he is. Often this works.

Still having trouble? as sjackie2000 said: "grab and hold their mouth shut and say "no" in a stern voice. Then ignore them for a while." or if they're quite aggressive, take hold of only the top half of the muzzle, curling the upper lips under the top teeth and give a gentle, but firm squeeze. He just plain might not know how hard he's biting.

Our Ralphie had that trouble, but not any more. He knows our hands aren't chewies and this teeth aren't used for play.

By Shosha

Be the Leader of the Pack

You should probably say you have triplets now. Training a puppy is just about like training kids. Be gentle, but stern. It is really not a good idea to have a puppy and young children at the same time. It's not fair to the puppy since young kids can be too rough. When things go wrong, the puppy is the one that gets the blame. You have to consider that the puppy is in a learning process. So please be fair to your puppy and teach your kids to respect the puppy. And remember that a puppy does not think like a person. Treat your puppy like a pet not a person. Don't allow it to get on beds or furniture. The puppy needs a leader since dogs are pack animals. Don't let it lead, you have be in control especially since you have young children. Good luck.

By John

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