Puppies of dogs of any breed, learning the world and trying to establish their authority in the family, bite and jump on the owner. This is normal behavior for an unintelligent pet. It is much more dangerous if an adult dog already behaves this way. That is why you need to know how to properly wean a pet from a bad habit and stop biting and physical impact on family members forever.
Why Should You Wean Your Puppy From Biting as Early as Possible?
Experienced dog handlers note that training a small puppy should be started immediately after it appears in the house. Over time, a small pet tries to establish itself in the family as the leader of the pack and shows aggression towards its owner. This moment must be experienced correctly and psychological contact with your pet must be established.
Important! Only a competent building of relations between the owner and the pet will help to achieve unquestioning obedience in the future.
In addition, untimely weaning from a bad habit can lead to physical injury to household members, as well as unmotivated pet aggression towards strangers. That is why training courses are advised to start immediately after the puppy appears in the house, at the age of about 2 months.
Why Do German Shepherd Puppies Bite?
The German Shepherd is a versatile breed. They can be great shepherds or great companions for families with children. But they also do their job well, are excellent guards and watchmen.
When choosing a puppy, one should understand the seriousness of the breed and the need for timely, competent obedience training and the implementation of basic commands. At a conscious age, the dog must completely and unquestioningly obey its owner, without losing the ability to think and make independent decisions in emergency situations.
Little shepherd boys begin to bite when their teeth grow or change. In this way, they try to “scratch” the growing sharp teeth, get to know the environment, and try to establish their authority. It is very important to respond correctly to such attacks.
This behavior should not be encouraged and by all means try to exclude the physical impact of the puppy’s sharp teeth on human skin. This is especially dangerous if there are children in the family.
How to Wean a Puppy From a Bad Habit?
At an early age, a puppy can be easily weaned from the bad habit of biting. Experienced dog handlers give a lot of advice on this matter. It is much more difficult to wean an adult animal that has reached the age of one year and still continues to grab the owner by the arms and legs.
Cynologists advise the following methods of weaning for shepherd puppies:
commands “Don’t” (if during the game the shepherd bites the owner’s hands, you need to give a sharp command and turn away from him, stopping the game, only ignoring the pet will help the dog understand why the owner refused to have fun with him);
grabbing by the withers (if the puppy has played too much and during the game grabs the owner by the hands without hearing commands, you can firmly, but not painfully, take him by the withers and pull him aside, the sensations should be unpleasant, but not painful, so the baby will understand the owner wants to get from him);
using a clicker (this is a special device that gives out a loud click, if a little “German” flirts and bites, you need to click the clicker, and then give the baby a treat for stepping back and obeying the owner);
toys (special toys that can be chewed are great in the fight against bites on the hands and feet of the owner, you just need to distract the pet).
In order for a dog to be completely controllable without a gram of aggression, it is necessary to start raising it from the first days in the house. The owner should devote a lot of time to this issue since his behavior at a conscious age depends on the obedience of the puppy.