Biting is a very basic canine dominance behaviour that appears when a puppy is able to move around in its litter. 

Biting behaviour among wild and domestic canines is commonly used as a form of communication to establish standing within the pack. 

This pack may be an extended family of wild canines, a litter of puppies with its mother, or your pet dog intermingling with your family.  

Pet doggies regard all the members of your family as fellow pack members. That is why they can live so well with humans. 

There are various methods to correct this behaviour however, it depends on the age of the dog.

Under 6 Months Old Doggies

If the biting dog is a puppy under six months old, the biting behaviour is very correctable. 

Pups this young rarely bite hard enough to break the skin of a person, and many people think that their new pup is simply playing with them. 

Your young pup may or may not be the pack leader within its litter of puppies. 

Moving into your house, the pup is introduced into a new pack and he is unsure of his ranking within the group.

Young pups should never be allowed to playfully use their teeth on human skin, no matter what the reason is.

There are hundreds of tapes and books available on how to train your dog. 

While tapes and books are a start, there is no substitute for face to face sessions with a qualified obedience instructor.

Puppy kindergarten and basic dog obedience are good classes to take. 

Professional trainers can not only answer the question of why the pup is biting but can show you how to use various exercises to communicate to the new pup that the people rank above it in the pack. 

Most of these exercises mimic the way your pup was disciplined by his mother and other litter members. 

Performing these exercises tells your pup that you are the leader in a manner well understood by dogs.

A good trainer will also go over small changes you should make in your everyday life. 

These changes may mean little to you, but to a dog they govern every aspect of life.

Establishing a correct relationship between a pup and its human family will lead to years of enjoyment of each other’s companionship.

The Teenaged Pet Doggies (Around 1 Year Old)

Older puppies (around a year old) who have displayed this behaviour through their early puppy months will progress to what most refer to as “play biting.”

By this stage, the biting no longer is a cute puppy game; even if the dog is not breaking the skin, the problem is becoming serious. 

The dog is making it clear to that, the owner is stepping out of line.

However, with obedience training, and by learning to modify certain daily living behaviours, this is still quite correctable. 

A formal obedience class, with a qualified instructor, will teach you to substitute desirable behaviours for the dog’s aggression, and how to modify existing behaviours. 

Some unrelated things such as the games you play with your dog, where your dog sleeps, and when he is being fed may be contributing to the biting problem.  

Play biting can become vicious biting if the behaviour problem is not corrected.

Obedience training is the quickest way to overcome play biting. 

A dog that learns to obey commands begins to understand that he cannot bully people. 

Management of biting teenaged dogs includes many of the same or similar techniques that are used with puppies: sit before getting petted or eating; no freedom to roam the house unattended until he learns to come when called; use of a crate for time-outs and when he cannot be supervised; no games (tug-of-war especially) where he wins; and no sleeping in a family-member’s bed.

The Adult Pet Doggies (2 – 4 Years Old)

This is the category where you hear on the news about a dog who “turned on his master.”  

In reality, the owner was never the master of the dog. This problem did not develop overnight. 

The dogs have gradually reached the status of pack leader.

In the dog’s eyes he owns the house, and all the possessions within. It is the dog’s responsibility to protect his pack. 

If the owners gave in to the younger dog’s play bites and stopped doing obedience or grooming because the dog didn’t like it, the owners may be demoted to subordinate pack members.

The dog which achieves the status of pack leadership will take the opportunity to bite, drawing blood if necessary, if they perceive an owner as getting out of line. 

The dog that is in this stage is dangerous.

Anytime a liability suit waiting to happen. Most of these dogs end up euthanized or given away (to a good home); in the latter case, the problem is passed on to an unwitting new owner.

The pet doggies who reach this stage still can be corrected. 

A qualified obedience instructor or dog behaviourist must intervene.

The owners must adopt a new regimen of behaviours to interact with the dog. 

The professional’s suggestions must be followed to the letter, as there is little margin for error. 

This modification period takes more hard work than the owners care to undertake, and the dog will find the process unpleasant too. 

Special considerations must also be taken during the retraining, to confine the dog to prevent him from seriously biting someone. 

The family must also understand that the changes in day-to-day living with the dog apply for the rest of his life.

Yes, dogs do bite, and for good dog reasons also. 

However if the problem is corrected early, the owner will learn to communicate and know that establishing a proper relationship with the dog will prevent any heartache later.


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