If your dog gets aggressive with other dogs while you’re on the move It can turn into uncomfortable and sometimes terrifying.
It is likely that you feel like your dog is going to behave in this manner, however with a little training they’ll be able to learn to behave better when they are around other dogs!
This is our guide to understand what could be the reason your dog is biting other dogs, or chasing other dogs. Also, what can you do to stop it from its tracks.
Potential Causes of Nipping Other Dogs
Understanding the reason this is happening makes it much easier to solve the issue.
There are a variety of reasons dogs become antagonistic to one another. Therefore, it is important to have a clear idea of what the main reasons could be.
A few of the reasons dogs can bite other dogs are:
- Fear – Some dogs pick at others because they’re afraid of them, specifically when they’ve had negative experiences with dogs in the past , and are now afraid of all dogs.
- Redirected aggression Sometimes, it might not be the other dogs that cause most at fault, but an issue with your pet restricted from engaging with them (for instance, due to an individual dog being leashed). This may cause them to become aggressive toward the dog due to their frustration over the situation. They could also be aggressive towards others or to you when you attempt to intervene.
- Playing rough – If you pet is known to play in a rough manner with dogs around them, they might occasionally nip them in the course of the.
- Chase aggression If your dog is inclined playing with other dog breeds, they could occasionally nip them in the course of this regardless of whether it’s because of their excitement or trying to stop or restart the game or to defend themselves against other dog.
- Physical causes – aggressive behavior like nipping could be due to physical problems like illness or pain. In the event that your dog’s behavior is brought sudden, it may be the cause of the cause and can be addressed by taking care of any physically problem(s).
How to Address Nipping Issues
Much will depend on the reason why your dog is acting this manner but certain kinds of dog training can be beneficial in preventing the dog from nipping at other dogs. For instance:
- Talk to your veterinarian for a thorough examination to determine if there are physical conditions that might cause or exaggerate aggressive behavior, like cutting.
- In the event that fear causes the major issue, training in socialisation will help dogs be more relaxed around other dogs.
- If your dog is inclined to get unruly with the other dog, consider retraining them to play by playing with toys (and yourself) prior to returning to play in a controlled environment with dogs. It will help them be more gentle and better behaved when playing.
- If you are experiencing redirected aggression, you should attempt to educate them that their aggression toward other dogs isn’t appropriate and will not yield the desired outcome e.g. taking them off their leash. Concentrating your attention on you could be beneficial, because it keeps the focus off of distractions.
- Get in touch with a certified veterinary behaviorist to get advice and assistance with training.
- In the short-term you should consider using a muzzle that is basket-style to avoid any injuries to dogs of other breeds.
How to Help Stop Your Puppy from Nipping and Biting
Step 1: No Hard Biting
It is tempting to stop your puppy’s mouth and biting right from the start. But doing this could leave out a crucial stage in allowing your puppy be aware of the limits to how much pressure they can apply against the skin before it becomes painful. This lesson will give your puppy the ability to avoid creating harm should they get scared or stressed.
To help your puppy learn to not bite and forcefully, learn from the play that puppies naturally engage in. A gentle mouth and nibbling are an expected behavior. Let your puppy play but if you feel a sharp bite then make a loud sound and lay your hands still.
This will tell your puppy that they’ve gone to far, and they’ll be able to be more flexible. Everyone who plays with your puppy should be able to follow this approach so that in the end, your puppy will be more gentle. Be aware that consistency is a crucial aspect of puppy-training and will aid in retaining these lessons.
Step 2: No Teeth on Skin
Once your puppy has mastered the threshold to avoid biting the human body, it’s the time to move on to the next stage not to put teeth on the skin. To accomplish this, you should continue using the same method, however, gradually reduce the force of the bite. This causes you to yell and then limp. This will demonstrate to your puppy that any level of teeth touching skin is acceptable.
It is possible to reinforce this training practice with treats. Place a treat in a closed hand. Only let your hands open whenever your puppy isn’t chewing, chewing or pawing at your hands. This will show that the skin and mouth are not compatible. It might require some time , and some perseverance but your puppy will eventually learn and adjust.
Step 3: Use Toys to Redirect Their Attention
At an early age, puppies must be taught the rules of chewing toys are okay However, the chewing of skin isn’t. When your puppy is learning the two first lessons, be sure to give them plenty of chewing toys to ensure that, while skin is an offence the toys are able to be chewed until their hearts’ content.
Step 4: Walk Away
Young children and puppies share numerous traits in common. Both are unable to concentrate on their studies especially when they’re overly excited. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to allow your puppy a bit of time to settle down in their playpen with a good chew toy if they’re having difficulty focusing.
Don’t view this as a punishmentit’s just an opportunity for your puppy to settle down. Training can resume after your puppy is more comfortable.
Step 5: Discourage Herding Instincts
Certain breeds of dog such as collies and Shetland sheepdogs, possess strong instincts to herd, which can cause them to nibble at their ankles for keeping the “herd” moving. If your dog exhibits this behavior make sure to keep them still to make them aware that nipping their ankles can result in the opposite of what they intended.