Solving Pesky Problems
Dog bite prevention
When bringing a dog into your house it is important to establish the groundwork for not biting early. As an owner you must remember that your dog interacts with its environment with its mouth. As a young puppy when the puppy nips many people think of the dog as playing and will let the action slide. This practice allows your pup to think this behavior is appropriate. This often lets your pup think that it is ok to perform the action to get your attention.
Bite prevention or inhibition is started on the first day when you bring your puppy home. When playing with your pet make sure to not use your hands and always use a play toy. This will show your pup that hands are not toys. If your pet does put his or her mouth on you stop everything and show that you do not approve of the behavior. From this point do not continue with the play session. This will reinforce to your dog that such actions are not appropriate. When punishing your pet make sure to not use your hands. Doing so shows to your dog that hands are an enemy or threat. This can make a dog unwilling to meet and be pet by people.
Teaching your dog not to bite can be practiced like all other behaviors. Make sure to find an area with little to no distraction. Begin by having your dog sit in front of you. Now take a treat in your hand and show it to the dog. Slowly bring the treat close to the dog's nose. If the dog tries to bite at the treat take it away and tell the animal 'NO'. Repeat this process until the dog understands not to try and accept the treat until it is given to them.
Apart of pet training is also pet owner training. Being consistent with your animal while giving positive reinforcement will help with training you and your pet. Remember patience is a virtue. you need to work with your pet everyday.