Biting Problem

June 4, 2007

I need help my bulldog loves to bite everything when does this habit stop thank u

Answer:
Hi Andy,

I am not an expert on training, but I can give you some advise.

A puppy bites at you because he thinks you are a member of
his pack and wants to play with you. You must establish yourself
as the alpha to stop this playful behavior that can lead to more
serious biting. One of the best bonding experiences you can
have with your bulldog is walking him at lease a couple times a
day.

Is your bulldog a puppy? If so, you can train him not to bite by
flicking him with your fingers on his nose. This works best if done
at a very young age. This is what the breeders of my dog did when
he was a puppy and I had to stay on top of it as well.

I also hired a trainer when he was young so I could get control
of him before he got too big with too many bad habits. You can
also take him to puppy classes for socialization which would help.

Also be sure he is getting enough exercise and playtime so he
isn’t too restless and doesn’t get the idea he can just jump on you
and bite at any time. Young dogs have lots of energy and it needs
to be channelled into positive activities.

If he’s older, it has become a habit and may be more difficult to
stop. You can try yelping “ouch” to him and ignoring him when he
nips at you. Or try squirting his nose with water and saying “no bite”
when he does this. And you can offer him an alternative toy.

Here are links to a couple articles on biting:

http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/our_pets_for_life_program/dog_behavior_tip_sheets/puppy_nipping_and_rough_play.html

http://dogs.about.com/cs/basictraining/f/biting_nipping.htm

I hope this helps. Please write with any more questions.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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