Addressing Your Puppy’s Biting & Chewing Behaviors (Part 3 of 3):
By the time your puppy is 20 weeks old, he should no longer even be trying to nip or bite you. That means your skin, shoes, clothing, hair, or whatever you are carrying. If he does try, immediately walk away from your puppy and go to another room. Do not say anything – because you have given him the tools all along (your yip) by the time he is five months you can just walk away. Do not even acknowledge his presence. If you cannot leave your puppy, give him a time out in his room (crate). If he is “herding” you and nipping at your heels, stop moving. Without a moving target, your puppy will undoubtedly stop “herding” you.
Refocus his attention or send him to his crate (you may have to carry him there). A 30 second time out will serve to redirect his focus away from the biting. It may take a series of time outs but 30 seconds is MUCH more effective than five minutes.
You must be patient and consistent. Each and every time he bites, your reaction must be the same. Remember though, that chewing on an appropriate toy or object is acceptable and thus should be praised when he does so.
Teach your puppy appropriate behaviors by giving him toys, which are safe to chew on and limit his access to wires, cords, shoes, socks, and table legs etc.
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