How to Teach Your Dog Not to Bite in 6 Steps

Dogs develop all kinds of bad habits, but biting is one of the worst. If your dog has picked up the nasty habit of biting, we have some great information that you can use to teach your dog not to bite.

Of course, once an  adult dog has become a biter, rehabilitation can be very difficult. You’ll want to turn to professional help, whether that’s using a local dog training, or buying good advice from a professional online and then implementing that advice yourself. Sadly, if the biting has gotten too bad and you are unable to stop dog biting, your dog may have to be euthanized.

Before you make any decisions, here is a number of ways to help you teach your dog not to bite. Let’s give these a try and see how you and your dog make out. I’m rooting for you!

1. It’s All About Structure

Obedience work must be very structured. Your dog must do as he is told each time you give a command. You must not give him any wiggle room to ignore you or do anything else. Your wish is his command every day, all day long.
You might feel guilty being so hard on your dog. Don’t! After all, there’s a lot riding on the line here. You need to put the tools in place to be able to stop dog biting because the other alternative is unthinkable.

2. Exercise, Exercise and More Exercise

A dog that receives adequate exercise has less aggression issues. Putting your dog on a leash and walking around the block is NOT enough exercise! You should be looking at a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes a day depending on breed. Active breeds need aerobic type exercises every day of the week. This can include swimming, playing ball, running, etc.

3. Rewards are Important

When you dog is behaving properly make sure to reward him with Pet Botanics Training Reward Treats (found here) or similar. Affection is good but too much affection can lead your dog to think that he is top dog. If your dog is biting, he already thinks he is top dog. When your dog comes to you seeking attention, you need to ignore him. You should also not let him bully or push you into playing with him or petting him, as this will ensure your dog retains his power.

Puppy in the grass nipping at the dog owners hand
Nipping Puppy Biting in the Bud

4. No More Excuses for Aggressive Behavior

Whether your dog is growling, bullying, nipping, guarding objects, acting out with bratty behavior, carrying out territorial marking where he shouldn’t, or biting – these are all signs of aggression and you need to stop making up excuses why your dog’s doing it. You need to correct all aggressive behavior immediately, firmly, and with the energy of top dog, which is who you are. It’s the only way you are going to be effective teaching your dog not to bite.

5. Correctional Aids Need to be Handy

Your correctional aids help to you be able to react quickly and correct unacceptable behavior without getting yourself bitten. A few good corrections are lemon juice in a squirt bottle, a crate like the Midwest, a good and sturdy collar and leash like URPower found here, and a water hose or pot of water.

6. Give Clear Corrections

Make sure your corrections are clear. If your dog is acting aggressively, you can shake his collar and then confine him for an hour in his crate. If your dog is trying to bite you, squirt him in his mouth with the lemon juice and he will back away.

Some of these methods have now been replaced by other more effective and less fear inducing ones. So, if you are afraid of your dog, the sooner you hire a professional to help you stop your dog’s biting, the better! Aggression is tough to break but it can be done. The more times your dog has bitten the more difficult it is to change your dog’s behavior.

Do you have a young pup who’s recently joined the family and does a lot of play biting? How did you discourage that behavior?