If you happen to see your friend who has an older dog that’s calm you probably want the same for yourself too, right? However, remember the only way a boxer puppy feels things around him is through its teeth.
Hence, more often than not, your boxer puppy can find something interesting on you, like the happy socks you just bought, biting you in the process. Remember your boxer puppy does not have hands like you, so it will use its mouth.
Remember this is their natural instinct. You can’t get him off completely from biting, but you can help him know when it’s right and wrong. However, most puppies bite before the age of six months.
Your boxer puppy considers the biting as playful. You can find that annoying, especially if you have had a long difficult day and just want the peace and calm of being home.
Here are some few steps you can use to train your boxer puppy not to bite:
Give your boxer puppy other alternatives to chew on
This is one of the most effective ways you can use to train your puppy. Get to buy him toys. Since you don’t know which you your puppy can get to like to divert its attention, buy several toys.
Buy your boxer puppy many varieties of toys to play with. You can choose toys made of rubber, as the toys will be more durable. You can get him rope toys too.
However, it’s important to remember not to play rough and violent games with your boxer puppy. This can lead to more biting.
When your boxer puppy is about to bite you, give it a warning. Likewise, reward him when he doesn’t bite. However, remember not to over do it as your puppy can get used to being rewarded.
One important thing you should consider is don’t get your puppy a toy that resembles something it should not bite. If you get your puppy a toy that looks like a human being, be sure your puppy will still continue biting your toes.
Seek to stay calm
Do not unleash all your anger on your poor puppy. Just as human beings behave, correcting your puppy with anger will make it rebellious. Be calm and collected.
In retaliation, your puppy can move to get another item to chew, annoying you further.
Take back the object
If your puppy is chewing off your shoe, take it back. Do not wait. The item will be destroyed. Correct your puppy. You learn to tell him “no”.
This will help show your puppy that the item belongs to you. He learns not to destroy your stuff. It helps set up boundaries with your stuff.
Correct your puppy
It is important for you to tell your puppy the right thing to do. Do not use force in doing this. Be objective. You can rub his fur on the neck to divert its attention. You can get him food that he likes, to use the scent to drift him towards the food.
Teach your puppy how to be in control of power when biting playfully
As your puppy considers biting as playful, teach him to do it slowly and calmly without hurting anyone. Puppies play with each other all the time playfully biting. Teach him biting hard is wrong.
Give him your hand to play with. If done painfully, react by giving a stern look and make a noise about it. Your look should show your puppy that it is wrong to hurt others.
When your puppy does it right, remember to give a reward.
Drain your puppy’s energy
If your puppy spends all day just sleeping and not engaging in any physical activities, this can work against you. Your puppy will use this excess energy wrongly, even giving you painful bites.
Engage your puppy in physical activities. You can send him around in fetching something or by even running.
Give your puppy a challenge using a Kong toy
When your puppy is biting something that it should not, show him a Kong. Make sure to have a treat for your puppy inside the center hole. Remember to put a snack that is friendly to your puppy. You will not want to mess up his digestion.
Seal the bottom opening so that your puppy should make an effort to reach to the snack. Remember as you do this, you help in diverting your puppy’s attention.
This also helps in engaging him physically hence using up his energy.
Compliment your puppy
When your puppy does something right, complement him. This makes your puppy happy. Your puppy will feel appreciated.
Remember not to hit your puppy.
Training your puppy not to bite is systematic. It is a gradual process. Show him to control himself, play with him, correct him, compliment your puppy and repeat the process all over again. Be consistent in training your puppy.
You can use a deterrent such as bitter apple juice. Spray it to prevent your puppy from biting. This helps in sending a message to your puppy that it is wrong.
Learn to keep your puppy off from your old stuff
You could probably be thinking your puppy chewing off your old stuff is okay, right? However, this is wrong. Remember, you will know the difference between your old stuff that you do not need and your new stuff, but your puppy will not.
This will cultivate a habit in your puppy of even biting your new stuff. Make him realize that your stuff is completely off-limits.
Remember shouting at your puppy will not help. He will not get why you are yelling at him. He will feel your anger is drawn from the last thing which he has just done and this will be wrong.
What if the last thing he did was fetching you something you wanted him to? He will, therefore, interpret fetching something when sent is wrong and might stop doing it all together.
Remember, training your puppy is a process, a journey. It is not a one time event where you expect immediate results.