Big dogs can be quite intimidating to people in your family as well as people your dog meets outside on walks or at neighborhood parks. Teaching your big dog not to bite from an early age is imperative for the safety of you and your family as well as those around you, but also for the safety of your dog.
The size of a large breed dog can be enough to intimidate people, especially those who are fearful of dogs. If your dog is allowed to bite and nibble as a puppy, when he turns into an adult and is more powerful, those little puppy bites with the sharp teeth can become something serious.
Any dog who has bitten more than once runs the risk of being in trouble with the law. So this is an important training for your dog, especially because he's a large breed. You can teach your dog some simple commands such as ‘no bite’ or ‘gentle’ once he is in training. It is much easier to train a puppy not to bite to than it is an adult a dog who's already aggressive. But with a little extra work, you can turn an aggressive dog around as well.
Training your dog not to bite when you have food or when he takes food from your hand is a great place to start with this particular task. Also, teaching your dog not to bite during playtime will remind him not to bite when others play with him or when other animals play with him. This kind of training is important for large breeds because of their size and their strength.
Training your dog not to bite people or even objects can start with giving him treats from your fingers. These treats should be small so he has to work hard to not bite your hand since that's what he will see when you offer the treat. You can also use toys, teaching your dog when it's okay to playfully be aggressive and when it's not okay to be so aggressive or to keep fighting while playing. Keep your training sessions short but take advantage of every opportunity to remind your dog not to bite even if it's not a scheduled training session.
We've had her since she was born, and she's always had a problem with biting. There's small children in the house, so It's definitely a big problem. She also is VERY hyper, and everything we've tried to calm her down has failed. She's a very loving dog, and we've taught her several tricks in the past, but she just doesn't know how to calm down and not bite. She's a mix of Redbone Coonhound and Husky.
Hello Maggie, I suggest hiring a professional trainer who uses both positive reinforcement, fair corrections, and a lot of structure and boundaries to help you. She needs to be taught leave it. Check out the "Leave It" method from the article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite She also needs a lot of structure and boundaries. Learning a Place command, crate manners, a structured heel, and other things that build self-control. You cannot change personality but you can stimulate her mentally and teach better self-control to help her focus her energy on the correct things. When she tries to bite one of the kids you can also enforce the leave it command for your kids - if she continues biting after being told Leave It (which you must teach first), you can get between her and the kids, tell her "Out", and firmly walking toward her until she backs all the way out of the room. Block her from getting back to them, then when she calms down or leaves, go back to what you were doing before. If she goes back over to them again without being told "Okay!" first, then repeat walking toward her until she is out of the area, while saying "Out" in a calm and firm tone of voice. Repeat this until she gets realizes you mean business and leaves them alone. At first, expect to have to repeat this a lot. The more consistent you are, the sooner she should realize you mean what you say. If her aggression doesn't seem to be playful puppy biting (even though that can really hurt!) And instead seems like a more dangerous form of aggression, I suggest hiring a professional trainer to help with this and not doing it on your own. Here are some commands to practice to increase her respect for you and self-control: Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
Was this experience helpful?