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How to Train Your Puppy Not to Bite?

Last Updated on May 14, 2023

Dogs are considered a puppy till they turn one year old. After that, your dog is not a puppy anymore. But they will still keep growing. You can train your dogs at any age, but it is wiser to start teaching them from an early age. AKC (American Kennel Club) says that ”Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal behaviorists and many trainers now recommend that puppies (who do not have health problems) begin classes as early as 7-8 weeks.

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To train your puppies not to bite, you first have to ensure they don’t have any behavioral problems. If not taught at the right time, biting can turn into a habit. Once biting becomes a habit, your puppy will learn to deal with aggression by biting, which is harmful to the dog and the people around it. This blog will explain why puppies bite and ways “How to Train Your Puppy Not to Bite?

Why do Puppies Bite? 

Puppy biting is expected as they are supposed to explore the world through their mouths, a part of their teething journey. Puppies must also experiment with their mouths and teeth to learn how this essential part of their anatomy works. They will usually try to play by mouthing and biting. 

Puppies bite out of fear or frustration. It is their way of throwing tantrums. Puppies usually show emotional outbursts because they are young and energetic. They want to explore all day and learn. Life can be pretty overwhelming for them at this young age. Throwing tantrums is the only way they know how to show you how they feel. 

This is the right time to train them what to and what not to bite. Puppies also have a brief attention span. So, your puppy-biting training session should also be brief. 

How to Train Your Puppy Not to Bite? 


Puppy playing in the field


Before you start training your puppy, it is crucial to understand that your puppy needs to feel safe around you and the environment. There should be no punishment (such as yelling, making them starve, or putting them in a scary situation). Your puppy will ace the training once they start feeling safe. Puppies are filled with energy and happiness. It is crucial to divert their energy in the right way. So, let’s learn how you should train a puppy not to bite. 

Redirect Their Attention:

At the age of 10-12 weeks, puppies start to examine the world with their mouths. They chew on things to understand whether it works or is eatable. They are found to put anything in their mouth to understand the use of it. And this is considered to be the best time to introduce your puppy to chewing toys. This way, their attention is directed from biting anything to toys, and they will know what to do when they feel like biting in the future. 

Help Your Puppies Burn Energy:

As mentioned earlier, puppies are energetic. Training your puppy to release as much energy as possible will prevent it from biting. Some energy-burning exercises would be 

  1. Playing fetch
  2. Socializing with other puppies
  3. Taking them to the beach
  4. Taking them to open fields
  5. Teaching them new tricks

Here are some fun games to keep your puppy busy to help them burn energy.

Reward Their Good Behaviors:

This is the best way to train your puppy, and all puppies will agree. Whenever your puppy makes a little progress, reward them with treats. This will establish positive reinforcement. Once your puppy understands that they get treats, if they learn something new, and mind you, motivation works wonders on almost all living being. 

Validate Desired Behaviors:

Validating their good behaviors mean you are encouraging their actions. In the dog world, validating desired behaviors would mean calling them ‘a good boy/girl’. But for your dog to understand good or bad, you must first use these words to reward its good behaviors. Once you establish that, your puppy will adapt according to your validation. 

Puppy with its owner

Enroll in a Puppy Class:

You can also enroll your puppy in a training class. In these classes, puppies socialize with other puppies and learn about puppy etiquette. 

How Long Does The Training Last? 

The biting or mouthing stage ends once your puppy becomes three to five years old. You have to stay consistent and patient throughout the process. You must be moderate in introducing or training them to adapt to new things.


Training your puppy not to bite is crucial for you and its day-to-day life. You should take action before it turns into a habit. Moreover, it is blissful once you succeed in training your puppy. The training can take a while, but you will surely enjoy the fruits of patience once you are done. And your favorite fur baby will be in tune with your commands. Hope this blog about “How to Train Your Puppy Not to Bite?” has helped you in some ways. So, here’s to a long life full of happiness and laughter with your puppy. 


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  1. Very informative and detailed post! Loved it.

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