Teaching puppy not to bite while playing
We've just recently got a new puppy, she is about 10 weeks old now. We are having problems with her biting us while playing. She even pulls on our clothes and doesn't want to let go.
What is the best way to teach her not to bite us or pull at our pants while she is playing? She has several toys and she seems to be ok with them for a little while when we try to put her attention on the toy instead of us. But it doesn't last long and she is back to biting.
Thanks for your help!
All puppies bite to some extent, they get very excited and it is often an attention seeking behavior, or a dominance issue.
It sounds as though your pup is just getting too excitable and is playing with you the way she would play with other puppies.
I would recommend that you read my Puppy Biting page, as it has lots of tips and advice on dealing with this common problem.
It's important to be consistent in your corrections with this behavior as an older, bigger pup who continues to be 'nippy' can be a real problem. Make sure everyone in the family has the same response to her nipping, and that they all correct her appropriately EVERY time.
Teaching her some basic manners, such as 'sit'. 'down' etc. will help her to learn to listen, and I would suggest making her 'earn' her food, treats, petting etc. by asking her to 'sit' before she receives whatever it is she is expecting.
Lots of exercise and mental stimulation can also help to curb this behavior, there's a lot of truth to the saying 'a tired puppy is a good puppy'!
Best of luck with her.