How to Train a Pekingese to Stop Biting

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3-9 Weeks
Behavior

Introduction

Incredible Pekingese pups were bred many years ago for royalty. If you have a Pekingese in your home, you know just how noble he is. He's courageous and even bold. He lets his demands be known and will sometimes even bite to ensure you are listening and paying attention.

If you feel your Pekingese is aggressive and acting out with poor choices by biting you, other people, or even other animals, he may be dealing with his own personal boundary issues. Families with children who also have a Pekingese in their home sometimes find battles between the dog and the child because the Pekingese breed is typically so strong-willed they believe they are in charge. When it comes to someone picking them up or crossing their boundaries, they are more likely to bite. Even if your Pekingese is a well-behaved pup you might find when he's uncomfortable and feels someone has encroached upon his space, he may react or overreact with a nip or bite.

Defining Tasks

If your Pekingese is a puppy and he is biting, you should know this is pretty normal puppy behavior. However, it's a habit that needs to be broken early so it doesn't become a behavior as he grows. If your Pekingese is an adult and he's biting, you will need to spend a bit more time reminding him how to behave and training him not to bite.

Training a Pekingese is not the easiest thing to do, but you can teach your little guy how to play with others, whether people or animals, in a nice and gentle fashion. Doing this kind of training will consist of setting the dog up to bite, correcting his behavior, and then rewarding him when he does not react as he has in the past.

Getting Started

If your Pekingese plays with toys, be sure to have some of his favorite toys on hand for your training sessions. This training will be positive reinforcement-based training so you will need to reward your little guy for his good choices. Schedule some short sessions to teach these reminders and a have few commands in mind to ask your Pekingese to be gentle and not bite. Your dog is more likely to learn in sessions that are short enough to hold his attention and that are free of distractions around him.

The Puppy Cry Method

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During play
When your Pekingese bites you while you're playing together, give him a puppy yelp. He should be fairly used to the sound of his litter mates yelping when they are bitten. This is how puppies play, and it is completely normal. But you do need to begin to train him that it’s not appropriate.
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Stop playing
After making your puppy yelp sound, stop playing with your Pekingese. He needs to understand if he chooses to bite he's going to lose play time with you.
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Command
Teach a command such as 'be gentle' so he knows any time he's overplaying or being too rough to calm down and play in a more gentle fashion. To do this, say the command each time you are playing with your Pekingese and he bites.
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Challenge
Continue to challenge Fido by playing with him and enticing him to bite. When your little guy plays too rough or acts as if he's going to bite, use your 'gentle' command to remind him how to behave.
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Not biting
When your pup is playing on a consistent basis without biting, start rewarding for his good behaviors. Anytime he bites during playtime, stop playing and give him the ‘gentle’ command and no treat. When he's playing well and not biting, reward him with a treat.
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The Engage and Distract Method

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Engage with pup
Spend some time playing with your Pekingese getting him excited. If he decides to nip at you while you're playing, distract him with something else to chew on.
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Distract
Have toys on hand during your play time to offer your little guy instead of your fingers.
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In his mouth
Keep your pup's mouth distracted and entertained by placing a chew toy directly in his mouth anytime he decides to nip at you.
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Stop playing
If your dog will not behave and is choosing to bite you instead of playing with you, stop playing all together and walk away. This is a distraction that will cause him to pause.
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Get his attention
Engage your pup in a more positive way by getting his attention. Say his name and distract him with motion and play in another manner.
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Make noise
Distract your little guy by making some loud noises. You can shake a tin can full of coins or a musical egg to get his attention focused on something besides whatever he's biting.
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Play nice
Encourage your Pekingese to play nice by reminding him with a command each time he needs to be redirected from poor behaviors. When you catch your little guy playing nicely on his own reward him with a tasty treat.
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The Obedience Method

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Set your role
Make your role as your dog's master well-known in his world. As the leader of your dog’s pack, he will likely listen to you more and obey your commands.
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Reinforcement
When your Pekingese behaves well and is obedient, reward him with positive reinforcement rewards. You will give him a treat every time he behaves well or follows a basic command. Any other time, plan to ignore poor behaviors or redirect by showing him positive behaviors.
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Train, train, train
If your Pekingese has a biting problem, be sure to train basic obedience commands. These very simple foundational commands will set you as the leader and your dog as your follower.
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Potty training
Be sure to housebreak your Pekingese as well as teach basic obedience commands. A housebroken dog is more likely to listen to his owner than one who is allowed to do whatever he wishes inside the house.
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Firm voice
When you need to redirect your puppy, use a firm voice. Avoid punishment or any physical hitting. You can simply use commands or tell your Pekingese to be gentle by using a firm voice.
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Positive engagement
Engage with your Pekingese in positive ways. Encourage playtime together and reward for good behaviors and obedience training as he learns.
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Written by Stephanie Plummer

Published: 04/01/2018, edited: 01/08/2021

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Hercules
Pekingese
4 Years
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Hercules
Pekingese
4 Years

Hercules belonged to my husband before we got married and had a baby. He is a rescue, found hurt, abandoned and probably abused when he was around 1 y.o. He moved in with us when i was pregnant and has been with our baby since the day she was born. He had bitten me a couple of times for no obvious reason and growls at me when i am hugging my husband. He seems to be doing a lot better, after i started being a bit more dominant but also spent more time playing with him and caring for him, but he has bitten quite a lot of people until now, but never my husband. He seemed to be very tolerant of our 11 month baby, who crawls all over and sometimes pulls his tail or pats him on the head (things he wouldn't tolerate from an adult), until one day he attacked her and bit her forehead. It was not a very serious wound but it could be worse. It happened right in front of us, when we were in the kitchen, the dog was begging my husband for a treat off the table(i find this a very bad habit) and our baby crawled behind him, probably making him think that she wanted to get something too.
we had to go to the emergency room where the doctor told us that we should get rid of the dog because he will definitely do this again. We punished him by keeping him alone in the living room and shouted at him after he attacked. What can we do to avoid this from happening? They are always under supervision but this was just so fast and i don't think taking him to the pound is a solution..

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
823 Dog owners recommended

Hello Ioanna, I am so sorry this happened. You need to hire a professional who will use positive reinforcement and fair corrections and a lot of structure. Hercules needs the doggie equivalent of boot-camp. Starting today he needs to work for every single thing he gets in life. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow all of the methods, but focus the most on the "Consistency" method and the "Working" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Also, check out Jeff Gellman from SolidK9Training. He has several YouTube videos talking about implementing structure, boundaries, and dealing with aggression. You can also book a phone or Skype consultation with him, but I recommend still hiring someone to work with you longer-term in your home, rather than doing just that. Finally, you need to desensitize Hercules to being touched and to having people approach him when there is food around . This is done carefully through a combination of positive reinforcement for tolerance and building trust by giving treats when you and your child gets close and he remains calm, and corrections while wearing gloves or him wearing a muzzle for protection when he does react poorly. The corrections have to be done in a certain way to interrupt the behavior and simply show him that you will follow through on what you tell him to do, and without correcting too harshly. Although it can be hard, your attitude while training should be calm, firm, and persistent, rather than angry or timid. A trainer can help build your confidence too by showing you how to train and structure life for Hercules. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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SUSHI
Pekingese
8 Months
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SUSHI
Pekingese
8 Months

She attacks all kinds of objects, especially table and chair legs when she has to eat. She runs away from her food to do this.

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
104 Dog owners recommended

Thank you for the question. It could be a few things. Sushi may be possessive of her food and this is her way of showing it, or it could be that she is excited and bites at things before eating due to the excitement. Has Sushi always displayed this behavior? Or is it something new? Has something changed in her environment? Lastly, does she seem healthy otherwise? I ask this because of she is having a reaction to her food that you cannot see, she may act out before eating it - she's hungry, so will eat but is not keen on the food. You can have a favorite toy handy that she can play with as the food is being put down, to distract her from biting the furniture. Also, take a look at her skin to make sure there is no dryness, redness, or irritation pointing to a reaction to the food. You can also take her to the vet for a checkup in case there is an issue with her teeth. Take a look at these articles that may help. https://wagwalking.com/training/not-bite-over-food https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-puppy-to-not-bite-over-food You could also train Sushi to wait for her food, sitting calmly as described here: https://wagwalking.com/training/wait-for-food Good luck and have fun with Sushi!

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Kai
Pekingese
8 Years
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Kai
Pekingese
8 Years

How do I get my dog to not snap or bite at guests when someone gets close or walks by him?

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
104 Dog owners recommended

Is this a new behavior for Kai? I would take him to the vet to rule out a medical issue. Issues like dental problems or arthritis can cause a dog to lash out. So, that is the first step. As well, you can try the Desensitizing Method and the Establish Leadership Method : https://wagwalking.com/training/not-attack-strangers. I would also brush up on Kai's obedience commands, and even consider taking him back to school. It's never too late - and taking him to classes will enable him to gain confidence (and respect) which will carry over to how he reacts around strangers. Good luck!

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Brownie
Pekingese chihuahua mix
11 Years
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Brownie
Pekingese chihuahua mix
11 Years

we’ve had Brownie since he was a puppy and he’s lunged and nipped badly at our neighbor once and recently he has been nipping/biting more often for what seems like no reason. If he’s sitting with us and then we move or try to let him he’ll try biting and we don’t know why. how do we help this?

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
221 Dog owners recommended

Hello there. Due to his age, and the circumstances around this, I would have him evaluated by a veterinarian. I like to disclose I am NOT medically trained, but with my experience, it sounds like he may have the beginning of a vision problem. It often goes un-noticed by us because their senses are so keen that they can usually over compensate for any loss of a sense. I would get a quick evaluation done by a vet and then go from there.

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Milo
Pekinese
4 Months
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Milo
Pekinese
4 Months

He's brand new to our house
Every time kids try to pet him he's very very aggressive and bites
Any suggestions?

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
221 Dog owners recommended

Hello! Here is some information on nipping/biting. Nipping: Puppies may nip for a number of reasons. Nipping can be a means of energy release, getting attention, interacting and exploring their environment or it could be a habit that helps with teething. Whatever the cause, nipping can still be painful for the receiver, and it’s an action that pet parents want to curb. Some ways to stop biting before it becomes a real problem include: Using teething toys. Distracting with and redirecting your dog’s biting to safe and durable chew toys is one way to keep them from focusing their mouthy energies to an approved location and teach them what biting habits are acceptable. Making sure your dog is getting the proper amount of exercise. Exercise is huge. Different dogs have different exercise needs based on their breed and size, so check with your veterinarian to make sure that yours is getting the exercise they need. Dogs—and especially puppies—use their playtime to get out extra energy. With too much pent-up energy, your pup may resort to play biting. Having them expel their energy in positive ways - including both physical and mental exercise - will help mitigate extra nips. Being consistent. Training your dog takes patience, practice and consistency. With the right training techniques and commitment, your dog will learn what is preferred behavior. While sometimes it may be easier to let a little nipping activity go, be sure to remain consistent in your cues and redirection. That way, boundaries are clear to your dog. Using positive reinforcement. To establish preferred behaviors, use positive reinforcement when your dog exhibits the correct behavior. For instance, praise and treat your puppy when they listen to your cue to stop unwanted biting as well as when they choose an appropriate teething toy on their own. Saying “Ouch!” The next time your puppy becomes too exuberant and nips you, say “OUCH!” in a very shocked tone and immediately stop playing with them. Your puppy should learn - just as they did with their littermates - that their form of play has become unwanted. When they stop, ensure that you follow up with positive reinforcement by offering praise, treat and/or resuming play. Letting every interaction with your puppy be a learning opportunity. While there are moments of dedicated training time, every interaction with your dog can be used as a potential teaching moment.

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Bo
Pekinese
9 Years
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Bo
Pekinese
9 Years

I have tried everything to stop him from biting. He doesn’t just bite he attacks This happens when he needs nails trimmed or meds given basically anything he doesn’t like. He grabbed my foot the other day and I fell luckily I wasn’t hurt I’m 61 years old. Any suggestions???

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
823 Dog owners recommended

Hello Sandra, If you have already tried a number of things on your own and have not seen improvement, I suggest hiring a professional trainer to come to your home and help you. The aggression sounds two-fold. It sounds like the aggression is fear-related..He is afraid of being groomed, and needs to practice being handled and introduced to grooming tools. That is only half of the issue though. It also sounds like he has learned that he can control things by using his mouth, and it has probably been successful because when he bites, you stop doing the thing that he hates. You need a trainer to come in and work on introducing him to being touched and groomed using positive reinforcement. Expect this to take a lot of practice. He has been acting this way for nine years. You also need the trainer to set up a general protocol to establish respect for you . I suggest making Bo work for everything he gets by having him do a command before giving him pets, food, treats, toys, and walks. Also, work on him being pushy. If he nudges you, jumps into your lap uninvited, acts possessive over toys or food, or does other behaviors that are simply pushy and dominating. Those things need to change because that will effect how he responds to you in general and tolerates things you do. He may also need to wear a muzzle while getting used to touch. He needs to be rewarded for being tolerant by pairing touch with treats, and starting very slow and gradual with touch, before introducing grooming tools. When he does decide to bite, he needs to know that it is not effective anymore and the best way to do that is to get him used to wearing a soft silicone basket muzzle, with holes that you can pass treats through. When he tries to bite, a trainer needs to work on continuing grooming him, being gentle and not harming him and rewarding him when he calms back down and is tolerant again. It's the combination of being firm and following through and rewarding calm behavior while being gentle during grooming. Also, make sure that your grooming tools are not pulling his hair or cutting his nails too short and causing pain. He needs to learn through the treats and practice to trust you again with grooming. If you come across a knot, rather than brushing it out it would be worth just cutting it out, taking as little hair as you can. You can get him used to the basket muzzle and make that more pleasant by feeding him meals, one piece of food at a time, every time that you show it to him, touch it to him, and eventually put it on him. Go slow with this process, only moving onto more touch when he gets comfortable with the current amount of touch. When you can hold it against his face, you can feed him treats through the muzzle's holes while he wears it. Start with him wearing it for just a couple of seconds, and progress to several minutes, while feeding treats every few seconds through the muzzle. When he can tolerate this, then you can put the muzzle all the way on and let him practice wearing it around. Have him wear it around when you do not plan to groom him so that he will not associate the muzzle with just the grooming. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Poquito
Pekingese
7 Weeks
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Poquito
Pekingese
7 Weeks

Shes aggressive and keeps biting us already i need to stop it before shes older and i dont know how, help.

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
221 Dog owners recommended

Hello. Here is information on nipping/biting. Nipping: Puppies may nip for a number of reasons. Nipping can be a means of energy release, getting attention, interacting and exploring their environment or it could be a habit that helps with teething. Whatever the cause, nipping can still be painful for the receiver, and it’s an action that pet parents want to curb. Some ways to stop biting before it becomes a real problem include: Using teething toys. Distracting with and redirecting your dog’s biting to safe and durable chew toys is one way to keep them from focusing their mouthy energies to an approved location and teach them what biting habits are acceptable. Making sure your dog is getting the proper amount of exercise. Exercise is huge. Different dogs have different exercise needs based on their breed and size, so check with your veterinarian to make sure that yours is getting the exercise they need. Dogs—and especially puppies—use their playtime to get out extra energy. With too much pent-up energy, your pup may resort to play biting. Having them expel their energy in positive ways - including both physical and mental exercise - will help mitigate extra nips. Being consistent. Training your dog takes patience, practice and consistency. With the right training techniques and commitment, your dog will learn what is preferred behavior. While sometimes it may be easier to let a little nipping activity go, be sure to remain consistent in your cues and redirection. That way, boundaries are clear to your dog. Using positive reinforcement. To establish preferred behaviors, use positive reinforcement when your dog exhibits the correct behavior. For instance, praise and treat your puppy when they listen to your cue to stop unwanted biting as well as when they choose an appropriate teething toy on their own. Saying “Ouch!” The next time your puppy becomes too exuberant and nips you, say “OUCH!” in a very shocked tone and immediately stop playing with them. Your puppy should learn - just as they did with their littermates - that their form of play has become unwanted. When they stop, ensure that you follow up with positive reinforcement by offering praise, treat and/or resuming play. Letting every interaction with your puppy be a learning opportunity. While there are moments of dedicated training time, every interaction with your dog can be used as a potential teaching moment.

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Bubbles
Peckihnese
6 Years
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Bubbles
Peckihnese
6 Years

We got a puppy which is now 5 weeks old and bubbles which is 6 years old keeps snapping at him anf is very very jealous. We give both of them the same amount of attention but is doesnt seem to work. How do get her to accept the puppy?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
823 Dog owners recommended

Hello Tedra, If you feel overwhelmed, things are getting worse, or there is a bite, then I would seek professional help. Aggression is something best addressed immediately or it can get worse, so if you feel good about working through it yourself you can try the below suggestions, but if you are not seeing improvement or feel overwhelmed by it, then you may want to hire someone who is very experienced with aggression to come to your home and help one-on-one with you. For the jealous behavior, work on taking the pressure off of both dogs to be in charge and in control by mediating situations for them, work on commands that improve calmness and self-control, and make and enforce the rules so that the dogs are not working it out themselves - you are telling them how to react and behavior in a calm but firm way. I suggest teaching both dogs Out (which means leave the area) and Place - which is similar to Stay but on a certain spot and they can sit, stand, or lie down but can't get off the spot. Practicing Place with both dogs in the same room on separate place beds can help facilitate calmness around each other and respect for you. Out is great for giving direction and giving a consequence of leaving the room when there is pushiness or mild resource guarding. At this age pup is just a baby, so expect commands to take much longer to teach him. Go ahead and work with the puppy a little but focus the most on training the older dog too. Out command: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo I also suggest crate training both dogs so that they can have a calm place to chew on a chew toy away from each other when things are tense, or one dog is pestering the other, or you are not home to supervise while they are still getting to know each other. Crate training is an important potty training and safety measure for a young pup also. An open crate while you are home can also serve as an additional Place to practice, and feeding both dogs in separate locked crates can prevent food resource guarding and remove stress around mealtimes! Surprise method - for introducing crate for first time: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Decide what your house rules are for both dogs and you be the one to enforce the rules instead of the dogs. No aggression, no pushiness, no stealing toys, no stealing food, no being possessive of people or things, or any other unwanted behavior - if one dog is causing a problem, you be the one to enforce the rules so that the dogs are NOT working it out themselves. For example, if pup comes over to your other dog when she is trying to sleep, tell pup Out. If he obeys, praise and reward him. If he disobeys, stand in front of your other dog, blocking the pup from getting to her, and walk toward pup calmly but firmly until pup leaves the area and stops trying to go back to your other dog. If your older dog growls at or is aggressive toward pup or gets between you and pup uninvited, tell your older dog Out and enforce your older dog leaving the room. When she is waiting patiently, then send puppy to place and invite your older dog over - no demanding of attention right now from either dog. Make them wait or do a command first to work for your attention if pushiness is an issue, and make them leave if being pushy or aggressive. If your older dog growls at pup, make her leave the room while also carefully enforcing rules for pup too if pup antagonized her first. Be vigilant and take the pressure off of your dogs - you want them to learn to look to you when there is a problem, and for them to learn respect for each other because you have taught it to them and not because they have used aggression. When pup first enters the room, give your older dog a treat without pup seeing so pup is associated with good things for your older dog - treats stop when pup leaves. When your older dog is being calm, tolerant, and friendly without acting dominant and pushy toward pup, you can also calmly give a treat. Keep the energy calm when interacting with the dogs. Don't feel sorry for either dog but give clear boundaries instead. Don't expect them to be best friends right now - the goal is calm co-existence. When puppy matures and they have learned good manners around each other, they may decide to be friends as adults, but calmness, tolerance, and co-existence comes first. You may also need to work on building your older dog's respect for you if she is acting possessive of you or not willing to listen to your commands around the puppy. Check out this article if that's the case also. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Puff
Pekingese
10 Years
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Puff
Pekingese
10 Years

My dog is behaving as if he is threatened. He has bitten my boyfriend and will growl at me. What do I do to change this behavior?

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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As a dog owner, you probably get upset when your dog growls. Your first reaction may be to suppress the growling by scolding or punishing the dog. This is never a good idea. By teaching your dog that growling isn't acceptable behavior, you're taking away its ability to warn you that it may bite. You may have heard stories about dogs that bite with no warning. But, in many cases, this is because the owners trained their dogs not to give a warning growl first. The key to getting a dog to stop growling is not to suppress the growls, but rather to deal with the underlying problem. Once the pain, fear, possession aggression, or territoriality has been dealt with, the dog will no longer need to growl. In-Depth Training Territoriality, possession aggression, and fear are serious behavior problems. Depending on the degree of the behavioral problem, the dog may respond well to a training program or may need a much more in-depth behavior modification program. A dog trainer or animal behaviorist can help you evaluate the dog, and determine the best course of action for dealing with these issues. As you work with this type of trainer, be as specific as possible as to what you think triggered the growling. The trainer will likely work with the dog to slowly condition it to accept the trigger and not growl in its presence. Next Steps While you're working to determine the cause of the growling, don't ignore it or it's likely to get worse. Be careful around your dog until you figure out why it's growling. Additionally, you may want to help your dog modify its behavior until the situation is under control. For example, if your dog always growls at the mail carrier, close the window shades and eliminate any sightlines while you work on the problem. If possible, eliminate triggers, avoid stressful situations, and caution others (both dogs and humans) to keep their distance in order to prevent a dog bite. For example, you may not want to introduce your dog to new dogs, bring it to a dog park, or host a loud party until you get help.

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