Why does my young pet bite me?
Tips to encourage safe play
- you initiate play – not your pet
- you decide what games to play
- opt for games that don’t involve biting like hide and seek, ball chasing or tug toys
- control the level of excitement in play. Never allow it to get out of control. Stop the play before it does
- give your young pet a chew toy to mouth while you play
- if biting/mouthing does become uncontrolled, you need to let your pet know by:
- ceasing play immediately
- don’t touch or make eye contact
- If they persist or comes back to bite again, you need to leave the room and leave your pet alone/socially excluded
- return to play only when your pet has calmed and is no longer biting
- if they return to biting, repeat the process again
Consistent responses from all people who play with the pet will ensure they learn quickly. Never punish your pet physically. This will only excite them further and result in aggression or anxiety, which will increase rough play and aggression. Positive reinforcement for good behaviour is always the best way to train your pet. Speak with your local Greencross Vets for advice and guidance on how to best train your young pet. Our Puppy School is also designed to encourage good manners in puppies from a young age.