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How to Stop Puppy From Biting & Snapping

| Updated September 26, 2017

It is important to train puppies not to bite and snap immediately. It may seem cute when they nip at people's fingers and toes, but this is a bad habit that if not corrected immediately can lead to someone getting hurt. When puppies are allowed to bite skin when they are little, they are more likely to be biters as adults, and this is unacceptable in a dog. It is sad that the first command most puppies learn is "no," but it is a necessity. An assertive dog owner will have no problem training a puppy not to bite or nip.

Say "ouch" when the puppy bites any part of your body and walk away from him. This is an effective way to teach puppies not to bite people, according to LucyTheWonderDog.com. After a few times, the puppy will realize this is a bad behavior and it will stop. After walking away, the website recommends returning with a toy in 15 minutes and begin to play with him, unless the puppy bites again. If he bites again, repeat the procedure.

Say "no" when the puppy bites, if the "ouch " method does not work. It is important to be firm in the commands so that the puppy knows that it is doing something bad. Do not hit him. Just say "no" and move the body part away from his mouth. This step may make them think it's a challenge and could cause them to bite more, according to LucyTheWonderDog.com. This step is best for puppies who already know the "no" command.

Learn to notice when the puppy is about to bite so that "no" can be used before he actually makes contact. The Dog Breed Info Center suggests that something then be given to the puppy that they are allowed to chew on, like a rawhide or a toy. This way the puppy will learn what is okay to chew and what isn't.


  • Never hit or kick a puppy. This does not teach them anything but fear of humans.