Lucky has lived up to his name since you brought them into your home. With a larger than life character and endless energy, he has made you feel more alive than you have in years. Lucky forces you out the house for a long and pleasant walk each day. He also keeps you grinning throughout the day simply by bounding up to your feet, looking for attention. However, it hasn’t all been without problems. In fact, there is one problem in particular that needs addressing, and that’s biting your hands. When you reach down to play with Lucky or feed him, you can often receive a sharp and painful nip on your hands.
Training your puppy not to bite is becoming increasingly important. Firstly, it will save you from pain and make playing with them more enjoyable. It will also mean you won’t have to worry whenever a friend or family member reaches down to stroke them.
Training Lucky not to bite your hands may prove challenging. The biggest hurdle is identifying the underlying problem. Once you have done that, you can set about tackling the issue. In the meantime, you can introduce a number of deterrence measures to remove the temptation. You will then need to use positive reinforcements to channel his energy into something more productive.
Because he is just a puppy, the habit should be relatively new and most likely a product of play or excitement. As a result, breaking it should be relatively easy and you may need just a week or two. However, if Lucky is particularly stubborn then you may need several weeks before you see consistent results. Getting this training right will stop Lucky’s biting developing into more serious and dangerous aggression when he gets older. Furthermore, this type of training will make it easier for you to stamp out a range of other bad habits too.
Before you get to work, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. You will need a deterrence collar and a water spray bottle for one of the methods. A muzzle may also be required until training proves successful. Be sure to stock up on tasty treats to reward good behavior.
Set aside just a few minutes each day for training. However, also try to be as present and vigilant as much as possible.
Once you have all of the above, just bring patience and a pro-active attitude, then work can begin!