How to Train a Great Pyrenees Puppy to Not Bite

Medium
1-5 Weeks
Behavior

Introduction

Great Pyrenees puppies are incredibly cute and fluffy, and they love to play. When that play and roughhousing turns into biting, it can be hard to discipline them. If your puppy has started to develop a habit of biting during play or for attention, it's important to put a stop to it as soon as possible. Teaching your Great Pyrenees puppy to not bite is easy with some patience and consistency. 

When she was with her mom and littermates, they all taught her what was acceptable. If she played too hard with her brothers and sisters, they would yelp and stop playing with her. If she bit her mom for attention, her mom would push her away and pay attention to another puppy. Now that you're the leader, it's your job to show her that biting is not very fun and doesn't get her what she wants.

Defining Tasks

Training your Great Pyrenees puppy not to bite may look a little different than with other dogs. This breed is known for being smart, stubborn, and on their own schedules sometimes. Patience and firmness will be your biggest allies. When you give her a command, she may take 10 or 20 seconds to perform the activity, so make sure you wait it out and refocus her if she gets distracted.

When you're training your Great Pyrenees to not bite, you need to be firm and you need to show her that biting means the fun ends and she doesn't get attention. Never yell, scream at, or hit your puppy for biting. Though she will grow into a big dog, she'll always be sensitive and yelling at her could harm your relationship. The best thing you can do is spend time with her, be consistent with training, and strengthen your bond.

Getting Started

Training your Great Pyrenees puppy to not bite needs to start immediately, Take note of the times she does it--during play, trying to get attention, meal times, etc.--and be ready to prevent it. In addition, you can gather these items to help your training.

  • A favorite toy
  • Dog-safe bitter spray
  • Special treats
  • Lots of patience

With practice and patience, you will soon break her of the biting habit and you can get back to having fun together. Below are three methods you can try. Read through them and pick the best one for you and your puppy.

The Favorite Toy Method

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Find her favorite toy
Pick up a toy your puppy really likes and keep it with you.
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Start to play
Start to play and roughhouse with her, until right before she starts to bite
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Give her the toy
The minute she moves from wrestling to biting, say "no" and then give her the toy instead.
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Practice
Continue to practice with her favorite toy. If she continues to try and bite instead of taking the toy, you can end play time and try again later.
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Toys are more fun than biting
Eventually she should learn that toys are more fun than biting people and she'll keep her teeth to herself.
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The Ignore Method

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Observe her behavior
Spend some time observing her behavior, taking note of when she starts to bite.
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Say "no"
Be aware of when she starts to bite you and tell her a firm "no." There is no need to shout.
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3
Turn your back
Turn your back with your hands folded over your chest so she can't reach them. Don't give her any attention until she settles down.
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Give her attention
When she settles and stops trying to get your attention, give her attention and positive praise for not biting.
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Repeat
When she bites again, immediately stop what you are doing and ignore her.
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Good behavior is more fun
Soon she'll realize that respectful behavior gets her the attention and fun she's looking for, and biting is no fun at all.
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The Bad Taste Method

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Learn when she bites
Watch her for a few days and take note of when she starts to bite.
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Purchase dog-safe bitter spray
You can find bitter tasting dog spray in many pet stores. This is a deterrent for chewing furniture, but you're going to use it to stop her from chewing you.
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Spray on your hands
When you are going to play with her or engage in another activity where she is likely to bite, spray your hands with the bitter tasting spray.
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Say "no"
When she bites you, say a firm "no."
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Go back to playing
The bitter taste of your hand and the firm no might have her reeling, so be sure to go back to playing. It won't take too many bites before she learns that nibbling on you is not fun.
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