Young puppies frequently mouth, nip, and bite - especially during teething (3-6 months). Puppies explore and investigate their environment by play biting and mouthing.
- Never hit or physically correct your puppy for play biting. Physical corrections on young puppies is counterproductive and will create conflict.
- Redirect the puppy to a toy or chew.
- Loudly say “No” in a deep loud voice, and immediately praise in a high pitched happy voice when the puppy stops biting.
- A tired puppy is a good puppy. Puppies frequently bite and nip when they have excessive energy so make sure to tire your puppy out with training sessions, playing outside, socializing, and taking walks.