Gnawing and Nipping

Gnawing and Nipping: Ways To Stop Your Puppy From These Two Maddening Behaviors


We all adore our puppies, particularly when they are being pleasurable and well mannered. We also worship them even when they are being bad and conducting themselves in annoying ways.

These irritating habits, however, are based on our principles of how they should act. To our puppies, they are only performing similar to – well – dogs! But in order to maintain the home a safe and peaceful place, they must learn to act in the human world, and it is our work as their owners to make that happen.

With appropriate training, any puppy can be taught to stop disagreeable habits such as the ones discussed below:


Nipping throughout playtime is normal for all puppies, mainly when they become eager. But despite of how delightful your puppy looks or how undisruptive it may seem, nipping is a terrible habit that needs to be blocked right away. Your puppy needs to be taught that, even in fooling around; his teeth should not touch skin. Decrease this behavior now will really lessen the odds of your puppy developing up and biting someone in the future.

When your puppy begins to nip, change his biting habit into determination on his toys rather than your hands. Have toys that seem appealing to his mouth like chewy, rubbery toys, specifically those that come with yummy treats inside, and soft, colorful plush toys that interest him.

You must not wait for your puppy to get older before beginning to coach him. Even puppies as youthful as 8 weeks can be taught to recognize that nipping is not allowed. When he begins to bite while playing, shout “ouch” and back away for a moment. If he begins to bite another time, walk away, go to another room and close the door, but do not leave him by himself for a period longer than one minute.

Leaving him and going away to an additional room with the door closed teaches him that biting firmly “makes the fun go away”. He will ultimately learn to manage the force of his nipping. Once he learns to nip softly, raise the bar and say “ouch” to the moderate bites until he totally learns to stop altogether.


Another maddening habit that frustrates us dog owners is while these cute tiny creatures chew on our things (practically those brand new shoes). Puppies have an avid urge to masticate, mainly to calm their aching gums as they go through their teething phase. It would be unkind to discontinue your puppy from trying to pacify his pain, but you can pass on his chewing to his toys rather than of your shoes, clothes, books, etc. Continually have lots of toys accessible for him to chew on. Get him used to masticating on these playthings by keeping them around with him at all times while he’s still young.

Make sure to put these items in a limited area with your puppy so that he doesn’t center his attention on other stuff around the home. If you observe him chewing on something he’s not supposed to, say “no chew” and rapidly substitute the item with his chew toy. be sure to admire him when he begins to chew on his toy.

Article written by Mike Hamilton of Oh My Dog Supplies, check out our cool variety of  small dog collars online.

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