- 1 Boxer puppy biting: a natural behavior
- 2 The reasons behind puppy biting
- 3 Understanding how the boxer puppy behavior works
- 4 How to train a boxer puppy not to bite
- 5 5 tips to deal with boxer puppy biting
A boxer puppy that nibbles is cute at first, but it can quickly become annoying and problematic. Let’s look at how to train a boxer puppy not to bite.
In this article you will understand why your boxer puppy bites (whether it is you or various objects) but especially how to prevent, limit and suppress this behavior.
Boxer puppy biting: a natural behavior
Be aware that a puppy who nibbles is a perfectly normal dog. In fact, chewing is completely natural for the puppy. Thus, the puppy is actually using its jaw and teeth to find out what is around him, much like a child who puts everything in his mouth for the first few months (although the comparison between a puppy and a child can seem odd, you get the idea).
Of course, despite the normality of this behavior, this does not mean that it will be acceptable, especially if it becomes excessive and unmanageable!
The reasons behind puppy biting
The puppy therefore nibbles to discover his environment but also to play. It is a very juvenile activity that can pass with age but it is nevertheless necessary to make sure it does not get out of control. Waiting for the passage of time is really not an option.
In addition, a boxer puppy can continue to nibble simply because he knows he’s getting attention. Indeed, a puppy who nibbles the hands is almost certain to get a response (whether positive or negative) from his “victim”. But still, the puppy who nibbles on a pair of shoes or a table stand is also certain to get some reaction.
Understanding how the boxer puppy behavior works
To understand how the puppy works, you have to go back to the time he was still with its mother and siblings. The mother will instill in her puppies various learnings that future adopters will have to pursue and learning to inhibited nibbling and biting is part of that process.
Bite inhibition is ultimately when the mother teaches her cubs to control the force in their jaws, especially through play sessions between siblings. And if this training has not been done correctly, it could be more complicated to teach a puppy not to bite anymore, simply because he won’t have had enough experience to integrate that self-control.
But nothing is lost and there is always time to start or, at best, to continue this learning.
How to train a boxer puppy not to bite
As we have seen, biting behavior is quite natural in puppies. It may therefore be difficult to completely suppress this natural behavior. However, techniques exist to limit its “severity” and make sure that it is bearable for the boxer’s environment on a daily basis.
5 tips to deal with boxer puppy biting
Tip # 1: Have a consistent attitude
All problem solving requires, above all, consistency in the attitude of the trainer i.e. you! Therefore, I recommend that you always be the initiator of contacts so that your puppy understands that he does not have to beg for your attention.
Being the initiator of contacts means letting go of your attention when your puppy asks for hugs, a play session, or your general attention, whether through barking, crying, hopping, or biting.
All family members should adopt the same attitude to maintain consistency within the puppy’s environment and ideally inform all the people who will be in contact with your boxer.
This means you should ignore a puppy when it begs for attention (in particular by nibbling or biting) and cutting all types of contact (visual, touch, voice), even if it means leaving the room or completely turning your back. Once the puppy has given up, we can then give him our full attention.
Tip 2: How to train a boxer puppy not to bite by setting up rules for living at home
In order for a puppy to feel good and to cooperate with its owners, it is necessary to offer a reassuring living environment but above all, clear rules. The rules of life can perhaps be too firm or too strict, and yet they greatly contribute to the well-being and balance of the puppy.
Indeed, giving the puppy all the freedom he wants will not make him happier, quite the contrary!
Tip 3: Offer a chewing activity adapted to your puppy
As we have seen, biting is a completely natural behavior in puppies. You should therefore run “controlled chewing activities”, to prevent him from worrying about your shoes or table legs for example.
There are many solid toys or natural chewing objects that you can give your puppy to exercise his jaws. In addition, be aware that this activity (even for adult dogs) is essential and should be done on a regular basis.
Be careful, however, to give toys intended for this purpose, so avoid “plush” toys which are not really suitable for chewing because they can easily be swallowed by the puppy.
Here is a video that could interest you if you want to offer alternatives to your dog to stop nibbling your furniture.
Tip 4: Isolate the puppy if necessary
Dogs are social animals that need to be surrounded to feel good about their environment. So, if his behavior becomes too excessive and unmanageable, you can isolate your boxer in a room. Be careful, the isolation should not exceed more than 5 or 10 minutes, in which case your puppy will no longer understand the meaning of this “punishment”.
Tip # 5: Contact with other dogs
Puppies learn very quickly from healthy adult dogs. The social interaction will allow the puppy to understand the limits that he should not cross. However, do not put your puppy in contact with just any adult dog, but with a balanced animal who knows how to correct the boxer puppy’s behavior without traumatizing him.
The “resets” will allow your puppy to learn and reinforce his canine codes, but also to learn to manage and control his emotions such as excitement, frustration and level of energy.