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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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers

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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
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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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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
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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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