Puppy Biting and Nipping

by Colleen Fernandez

in Dog Socialization

If your Boston Terrier puppy has a problem with biting or nipping, there’s no need to freak out just yet.

You can help prevent this behavior by giving your dog plenty of exercise, socialization training, and basic training skills.

When you do correct your dog, you should never use physical correction (like spanking or holding your dog’s mouth closed); however, you should address the biting or nipping immediately with a positive distraction.

It’s actually very common for Boston Terrier puppies to nip or bite when they play. You may notice that your puppy “mouths” other dogs when playing with them. This is your puppy’s normal way of interacting with other animals and they often carry over this behavior over to when they are playing with humans.

Puppy biting or nipping is sometimes a sign of aggression, but it’s usually just a bad habit− that’s rather difficult to break!

It’s not uncommon for this “mouthing” behavior to stop once your dog develops his adult teeth. If it doesn’t stop, however, use a “positive distraction,” rather than physical punishment to correct your dog’s behavior.

I can’t stress how important it is to develop a relationship that is based on love and trust with your dog.

Not Sure If Your Dog’s Behavior Is “Normal”?

Here are some behaviors that suggest aggressive behavior in Boston Terriers:

• Growling (prolonged and deep tone)
• Fixed Gaze
• Stiff Posture
• Non-spontaneous aggression

Usually aggressive behavior is related to fear, pain, or possessiveness. If you’re very concerned about your dog’s behavior, it doesn’t hurt to talk to your vet about it.

Distraction Methods

If your Boston Terrier starts with his chewing or mouthing then try and distract him. Maybe offer him a chew toy or something to gnaw on.

Promoting Proper Play-Time

If your puppy does nip you, you should ouch (or something to that effect) and walk away. Your puppy will begin to realize that when he bites you, you go away … and eventually he’ll stop.

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