Help Stop Puppy Biting
by Niadra Walker
All Puppies Bite - You Just Need To Teach Them To Stop!
I purchased a 4 month old male cocker spaniel recently. I also have a 4 year old female cocker who is happy to play with my new puppy, but the puppy always wants to chase her and bite at her.
She stays upon the sofa when he's out of his cage because my puppy plays too rough with her.
I need help trying to get her come onto the floor with us to play ball together but, the male puppy likes to take control and bite at her.
Please I need some advice on what I have to do. I know my female dog is not too happy at the male for trying to take over.
Reply From Pauline (Web Owner)
Your puppy is doing what puppies do - well, most of them anyway - if they're left to their own devices.
Your puppy needs to learn a few 'manners' and it seems that your older dog is not prepared to teach him. So you must do that. Your puppy needs to learn that there are some behaviors that are simply unacceptable - both in the human world and the dog world.
It's okay for you to intercept your puppy when he becomes annoying or when he begins to bite your other dog.
You can use the 'No' word, and/or distract him with a toy.
I also recommend that you give your puppy plenty of obedience training - this will really help to shape appropriate behavior which will help to reduce the stress your other dog may be feeling.
If your puppy is already obedience trained, I suggest you do it again until he responds to your every command, quickly and without hesitation.
I also recommend that you allow them their own time apart from each other, for training, playing, exercising etc. but also allow time together - supervised.
If you see your puppy begin to bully, stop him or give him a little 'time-out' in his crate - he'll soon get the message.
Perhaps before you allow them time together, it might be a good idea if you tire your puppy out (exercise him well) before you let them 'play' together. This way, your puppy may not be so boisterous and bullish.
Give the above a try and let us know what happens - good luck!