How To Train A German Shepherd Puppy Not To Bite
How to Stop a German Shepherd Puppy from Biting
You and your German Shepherd puppy have a lot of fun together. The little cutie chases you around, nipping at your heels and tugging at your pants. You can’t help yourself and let him nibble on your fingers as well. After six months, your little puppy has matured, and a nip from him is no longer as cute.
Identifying and Defining Tasks
It’s critical to teach your German Shepherd puppy not to bite as part of raising a well-behaved dog. German Shepherds have powerful hunting instincts. Chasing and nipping to gather moving animals is pre-programmed into your puppy’s genes because this breed was historically used as herding dogs. He may not understand why he bites and nips, but he is compelled to do so. German Shepherds, on the other hand, are eager to please. After a few weeks of consistent training, you can show your puppy when biting is acceptable and when he should keep his teeth to himself.
The First Steps
Not expecting your puppy to stop biting is an important part of teaching this behavior. Rather, you should spend your money on some good alternative toys. Stuffed toys, pull ropes, and rubber toys like Kongs may be preferred by your puppy. Find something appropriate for your puppy’s age, especially if he’s still teething. To reinforce the behavior you want from your puppy, you should use some form of reward, such as training treats or clicker training.
The Method of Play
Step 1: Get your puppy used to being touched.
Some puppies bite when they perceive a human hand approaching them as a threat. Getting your puppy used to being touched by human hands is one way to prevent him from biting.
STEP 2: Build a bridge
Sit with your legs extended in front of you on the floor. Obtain some treats as well as your clicker (if you are doing clicker training). Begin by placing your puppy between your legs on one side.
STEP 3: Toss a delectable treat
Toss a treat over your legs to the side opposite your German Shepherd puppy, forcing him to walk over your legs to get it. Gently touch his side as he crosses over your legs. Before he gets the treat, click the clicker.
Step 4: Repeat the process in the opposite direction.
Toss the treat to the other side of the room to re-engage your puppy’s attention. As he passes over your legs, gently touch your pup’s side once more. Don’t give him the treat if he nips at you.
STEP 5: Raise the standard.
You can gradually increase the level and frequency of touch required to earn the treat as your puppy becomes more accustomed to it. Make contact with his neck or tail. If your puppy nips at you at any point, return to the previous level of touch and try again. Your German Shepherd puppy will eventually get used to being touched and stop biting.
The Method of Dog Language
Step 1: Learn your puppy’s language.
Dogs speak in their own language. You can better communicate what you want and don’t want from your German Shepherd puppy if you learn to speak the same language as him. Biting can be imitated by imitating the behavior of puppies in a litter.
Step 2: Have a good time with your puppy.
Encourage your puppy to chase your hands or a toy to start a game. Your puppy will almost certainly try to bite or nip at your fingers or hand.
STEP 3: Exclaim, “Ouch!”
Say “ouch” in a loud, high-pitched voice as soon as your puppy bites your hand to mimic the squealing noise his littermate would make. Then take your hand away from your puppy and say “no.”
STEP 4: Put an end to the game.
Stop playing and move away from your puppy for at least 30 seconds.
STEP 5: Keep consistency
Repeat the same actions every time you play with your puppy by saying “ouch” and stopping the game. Your puppy will learn not to bite as the game progresses and will associate biting with the game’s end.
The Scruff Approach
STEP 1: Listen to Mama’s advice.
Puppies learn how to behave from their mothers when they are young. If a puppy misbehaves in front of his mother, she will grab him by the scruff of the neck and make him calm down and recognize that he has done something wrong. This method can also be used to teach your German Shepherd puppy not to bite.
Step 2: Make it enjoyable for your puppy to play.
Make a game out of it with your puppy. Rather than giving him your hand to chew on, you should encourage him to play with a toy right away. He’ll almost certainly nip at your hand at some point.
Step 3: Grab hold of the scruff.
If your puppy bites you, immediately say “no” in a calm but firm voice. Then gently pinch the back of your puppy’s neck with your hand. Your dog should go limp on its own accord.
STEP 4: Start over.
If your puppy bites, start playing again and repeat the same behavior. Biting will become associated with the pinch over time, and your puppy will learn that biting is not a good thing.
STEP 5: I don’t have any teeth.
Say “no” whenever you feel your puppy’s teeth on you as he learns to avoid biting. You want to encourage anyone who comes into contact with your puppy. This consistency teaches your German Shepherd puppy that teeth should never come in contact with humans and encourages him to only bite toys.