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Survival Guide: Puppy Nipping

Puppies are undeniably adorable, but their sharp little teeth can be painful. If you are struggling to cope with your new fur baby’s biting and nipping behavior, rest assured, you are not alone. Here are some tips and tricks to help you survive puppy nipping.

Stay Calm

Staying calm and avoiding getting angry or frustrated with Rover when he nips is crucial. Remember, he’s is not trying to hurt you; he’s just exploring his world and learning about the environment through his mouth. Yelling or scolding your puppy will only make things worse and may damage your relationship with him.

Redirect the Behavior

Instead of scolding him try redirecting his biting behavior to a more appropriate target, such as a chew toy or bone. When your pup starts to nip at you, quickly replace your hand or body part with a chew toy.

Use Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is an excellent way to train your pup to stop nipping. So once you have redirected Rover’s behavior to an appropriate toy, praise him and give him a special treat. This will reinforce the behavior and encourage him to continue chewing on suitable objects.

Be Consistent

Consistency is key when it comes to training your pup to stop nipping. Ensure everyone in your household is on the same page and using the same training techniques. This will help your puppy learn far more quickly and prevent confusion.

Avoid Rough Play

At this stage of the game, avoid playing rough games with Rover, such as wrestling, as this can encourage biting and nipping. Instead, play gentle games with your buddy that involve toys and positive reinforcement.

Socialize Your Puppy

Socializing your pup is essential for his well-being and can help reduce nipping behavior. Expose your puppy to various people and animals and reward him for calm and appropriate behavior.

Puppy nipping can be a frustrating behavior to deal with. You can help your puppy learn to chew on appropriate objects with patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement.

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