My puppy which is about 6 months old has teeth and is biting me. If he does I yell "NO!" But he keeps biting me. Then I give him a slap but he thinks I'm playing with him or something and keeps biting my hand. But alot of times it's my hair too. How do I make him stop?
Don't slap him. Hitting doesn't solve the problem and sometimes makes it worse.
At that age this is part of puppy play. He's is biting you the way he would bite his littermates. But it is not appropriate and you have to let him know.
I had the same problem with my puppy. He is 6 months also. We would bite me anytime I went to touch him.
When your puppy bites you, the first correction to be applied is verbal. You need to tell the puppy "NO" in a firm voice or use a sharp sound such as UGH or OW. Shouting or yelling in not very effective and can even be counterproductive. If the pup stops biting for even a second he should receive immediate verbal praise.
Some dogs will not respond to verbal cues. With my pup I found that a leash pop correction along with a verbal "No" worked well too. You will have to have him wearing his leash around the house so you can correct him when he bites.
I also found that depriving him of attention helped. If he wouldn't listen when biting my hands I would take them away. Fold my arms, 'NO" and turn away or even walk away completely.
At no point should you engage in hitting or slapping on the muzzle or elsewhere as this is likely to lead to much more serious biting. Furthermore, it is extremely important that pups learn to have confidence in their owners. The use of such techniques is not conductive to building trust.
Remember pups don't necessarily grow out of biting. And as my trainer told me, by 6 months, you should really be getting on them about this before it becomes a problem.
PLEASE listen to the above advise! Everything stated is effective without harming your dog.
NEVER hit your dog. A dog is more likely to bite back after being smacked because it is feeling threatened. Besides would you slap a teething child? A puppy teething is no different than a child teething. There are correct ways of dealing with the behavior and then there is abuse.
Put your pup on a leash, and start teaching to sit, when the pup offers a sit, reward with a good treat. So from now on when the dog comes up to you and starts to bite you, legs together, stand tall, arms folded in front and look up.Wait till the dog sits and then reward, unless he walks away. But get in the habit of not touching or talking to the dog if its jumping on you, because all those things, even scolding will be perceived as rewards.
My daughter gave us a dvd about dog training. It addressed this issue along w/many other things. The guy said when a puppy bites it is doing to you what it would be doing w/litter mates. A dog biting a human is unacceptable so first use verbal NO and use posture to let dog know you are boss. If this continues, take puppys upper lip and roll over his top teeth(do NOT use pressure) when puppy bites, this is uncomfortable to him. It may take more than one time to do this but he will stop, you can put your hands in his mouthe and he wont bite.It is the ONE thing that has worked w/Harley the wonder pup! When the grand baby comes, he wants to lick her hands and I was concerned about the bitting. All I have to do now is say "NO, Harley, down" and viola!