Dog biting is something that is quite common especially amongst pups just as it is with virtually any other breed of dog in existence, but it is something that has to be dealt with before it does evolve into a bigger and more serious problem. The good thing is that there are several well-known methods of stopping them biting so read on so you will know what to do should your dog start to bite on a regular basis.
The main thing when teaching your dog as a pup is to let them know that you are in charge, and this is a recurring theme through the various methods and tips listed below. Failure to do so is only going to make your task that bit harder when it comes to resolving this issue so do not be afraid to be forceful at various times throughout this process.
Stopping Dog Biting Before It Can Even Begin
It does make sense to try and stop biting becoming an issue before it has even had the chance to begin and this is where your training when they are a pup comes into play. This will mean they know and understand good habits, and this is easier to teach to a pup than it is an older dog that knows no different to this.
The main thing you need to do at first with a pup is to teach them the difference between what is a toy and you, so they do not mistake you for something that they are allowed to chew. Puppies love to bite on things so make sure that they have enough items lying around, so they concentrate on them and not your fingers.
Secondly you must be prepared to stick to your guns regarding behaviour that you allow from them throughout their life so decide what you will allow them to bite and then discipline them from an early age when they bite something else. Carry this on throughout their life or the dog will simply get confused as to what is allowed and what is not and this confusion can often lead to them picking up the habit later on in life.
How To Act if They Bite
If they do indeed bite, then you will need to know how to react in the correct way, so they actually do learn that they did wrong and to lower the chances of it happening again. It is important that they know that you disapprove of their bad behaviour as dogs in general hate the idea of their master or leader being upset with them so make sure they know this in order to make progress.
One thing you may like to try and do is to have something near you that can be put into their mouth if you see or believe a bite is about to happen. By having something such as a toy ready that can begin to associate that item with biting and not your hand, but clearly this needs some luck on your part and for you to carry something at all times.
If they bite, then make a loud yelping sound and then stare at them and move back. As you step away ignore them for some time as the idea here is to make them feel as if they are really isolated as a pug, in general, hates this feeling. The key part is not to ignore them that long that they get bored, but long enough so they begin to associate what they have just done as being wrong, so they stop that behaviour.
If this approach does not work and they continue to bite after several attempts, then you must be firmer in how you deal with it by making a louder noise and then take hold of the skin around their neck and shaking it. This has to be done firm enough for them to be aware of the fact you are angry, but not hard enough to hurt them and, in turn, it will help show them that you are the one in control and not them.
So dog biting is not any different to biting by any other breed of dog, but by taking the points mentioned into consideration and by nipping the potential problem in the bud before it gets out of hand you will prevent it developing into something that can potentially be far more serious.
The main thing is not to be afraid of trying to take control and by showing that you are the leader of the pack the biting problem will eventually become a thing of the past.