Why do puppies like biting things so much?
Puppies are undeniably adorable with their tiny paws, wagging tails, and puppy
eyes. However, one of the struggles that new puppy owners often encounter is
their puppy's biting behavior. It can be frustrating and even painful to have your
furry friend nibbling on everything from your furniture to your toes. But why do
puppies like biting things so much? Let's explore some of the reasons why.
Firstly, it is essential to remember that dogs are natural explorers and like to
investigate their surroundings. Puppies are no exception. They are born curious,
and biting objects, including your hand, is a way to discover and learn about the
world around them. Dogs also use their mouth as a tool to help them understand
textures, hardness, and other physical characteristics of objects.
Secondly, biting is a natural behavior for puppies because it is innate in their wolf ancestry. Wild dogs bite and play with their pack members and hunt prey by biting. Thus, your little puppy's biting behavior is their instinct.
Thirdly, puppies enjoy biting because it helps them relieve teething pain. When
puppies are between three to six months old, their teeth start emerging, and they experience discomfort. So, chewing on various items, including your shoes, helps alleviate their discomfort.
Fourthly, puppies bite because it is a way for them to release energy and play.
Puppies can be very active and have an abundance of energy, and biting is one of the many ways they vent their energy.
Lastly, another reason why puppies like biting is that it helps them bond with their owner. Dogs are naturally social animals, and they love interacting with their owners. They may nibble on your hand in an attempt to initiate play or to grab your attention.
While biting is a natural behavior for puppies, it is also important to train them in proper biting behavior. Puppies need to be taught to redirect their biting behavior to appropriate toys and chewies, rather than hands and other household objects. Inappropriate biting behavior needs to be discouraged by teaching them to bite inhibition and through consistent positive reinforcement training.
In conclusion, puppies bite for various reasons; it is natural for them to do so.
However, it is essential to establish the right behavior by redirecting their biting
behavior to appropriate items and teaching them to obey through positive reinforcement. Remember that raising a well-behaved and socialized dog takes time and patience, but with consistent training and guidance, your puppy will learn to have the appropriate biting behavior.