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Huskies love to nibble. In fact, while your Husky is still a pup, biting and chewing are probably amongst his favorite pastimes. At times it can seem as though he doesn't do anything but chase you around trying to nip at you. Puppies who are teething will bite on just about anything they can get their mouths around to help ease the pain, much like babies. If you don't take the time to discourage this habit at the earliest stages, you may find it harder to stop your pooch from biting other people.
Part of figuring out how to stop your Husky from biting lies in finding out why he is doing so. Puppies will bite anything and anyone in their quest for relief from teething. Not only is this how they cut their new teeth, but in the wild, it helps them to learn about their environment and how to protect themselves. Your pup might no longer need to hunt for his food, but biting still comes naturally to him. It may take some time for you to train him to go against his natural instincts.
Of all the supplies you need to train Shaggy not to bite, making sure you have enough time to work with him until he learns not to bite is the most important. There are a few things you might find come in handy during the training sessions. These include:
- Toys –A ball, a chew-toy, tug rope, something to give the pup to chew on.
- Treats –To use as rewards.
- A quiet spot – Somewhere for you to go for a few minutes when your Husky gets a bit too rough.
Remember, when it comes to any form of training, be patient and work with Shaggy until he is ready to master this very important behavior.
The Ouch, That Hurt Method
Pick your time
Pick several times each day when you can put aside a few minutes to work with your dog.
Play and have fun
This is the perfect time to play with your pup and establish your role as Alpha. The idea is to get him nice and excited.
Nipping and beyond
Sooner or later your little fuzzball is going to start nipping at you. This might seem like fun at first, but if you don't discourage this behavior, the nipping can become painful.
Add your cue
Each time Shaggy nips at you, exclaim "Ouch!" or use your own cue word. Choose one and stick with it. This will help eliminate the risk of confusion and make the training go better.
This time when your dog goes to nip at you, redirect his attention to a chew toy or rope. The plan is to get your pup used to knowing what he can chew on and what he cannot.
And ever on
The rest is all about working with your pup giving him a chew toy to gnaw on instead of your hand, toes, legs or those of the other members of your family.
The Say No Method
Start out by trying to understand why your Husky keeps biting. In younger dogs, biting is their way of teething. It can also be due their being overexcited during play or, in rare cases, in anger. Keep in mind that Huskies are pack animals and love spending time with the other members of their pack/family.
Start with no!
There are two ways you can let your dog know that you don't like him biting you. You can use a cue word like "No" or you can make a yelping sound. This is the sound other members of his pack would make if he was biting too hard.
I am ignoring you
The next step in the process is to turn away from your pooch and completely ignore him. Keep doing this until your pup finally gets the clue and calms down. Once he settles down, you can give him a treat and keep working on the training.
If the pup won't calm down
But what if your pup refuses to settle down? Put up a baby gate and go into another room where your pooch can't see you. Only return to the room when he has finally calmed down.
Keep working it
The rest is all about repeating the training over and over again until Shaggy finally understands that biting is not an acceptable behavior.
The Good Boy Method
Palming the treats
Place one of your dog's favorite treats in your hand palm up. Call him over and let him get a good whiff of the treat before you close it in a fist.
Chew all you want
Your dog is going to try anything he can to get at the treat, right up to trying to chew through your fingers. No matter how hard he tries to get the treat, do not let him have it.
I don't want it anymore
In time Shaggy is going to give up and turn away. When he does, go ahead and give him the treat.
Such a good boy
At the same time, you are giving him his treat be sure to praise him for getting it right. Use a simple "Good Boy!", don't overdo it as this might overwhelm your pooch.
Down to the last lesson
Keep working with Shaggy, repeating this training over and over again. It will take some time and patience to teach him to stop biting. However, the results are well-worth the effort.
By PB Getz
Published: 04/06/2018, edited: 01/08/2021