You'll be surprised by the amount of
puppy biting problems that can be solved with training strategies that have
nothing to do with puppy biting. Every single week, we help hundreds of students
through their puppy biting training. And after seeing enough dogs,
you start to notice a pattern. So in this video, we're gonna talk to you about some of
the choices that you're gonna make a little differently in your day to day
with your puppy that are gonna completely change your nipping problem.
Now, this is the fourth
video in our series, but if this is your first time
here, let me bring up to speed. This is our new puppy vlog. Now as a
dog trainer, for more than 20 years, I have raised and trained a lot
of dogs already in this series. I'm gonna share with you some tips and
tricks that I've learned along the way. And I bet many of them you've
never heard of I'm Kayl McCann.
This is eight-week-old mixed
breed puppy Five Alive welcome back to McCann Dogs. Every week here on our YouTube channel, we publish new videos to help you
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our YouTube channel to talk about puppy biting and how to
address it in the moment.
Yeah, and today's video
is not about that, though. It is about the choices that you're
gonna make that are actually gonna stop puppy biting altogether. This here is basically the secret to dog
training and it is gonna help immensely with your nipping and
biting issues. You know, if the puppy goes to make a poor choice
and he has lots of times in the first couple weeks that he's been at home, I have been able to utilize the line
to redirect him very easily when people have nipping and biting issues and they
don't have a leash, a line on the puppy, they end up having to touch the puppy's
body or try to get ahold of 'em or sometimes because the puppies
are jumping and nipping at us.
We end up pulling our hands away because
we don't wanna get we don't wanna get bit. And that really changes your puppy's
respect for you because they're not really being addressed. And when I, you know, bring my hands away and I'm
trying to get ahold of them, well, that becomes really fun. Doesn't
it? That becomes really fun. And it's very difficult for him
to understand that biting is bad. You can see when I engage with him like
this, his instinct is to start biting, but if I have the line, I can use
that to utilize some more control. I could use the line to slip my hand
down into his collar and immobilize him that way.
Good boy. Excellent. And
the quicker I can do that. Yes. You're so smart. The quicker I can
do that, the easier it will be to, to be in control of my nipping and biting. Now I will share with you a common place. That Five Alive did initially
do some nipping and bit, and that was when I would actually go
to attach his house line to his collar. Initially, when we started, he would get really excited by that
and he would try to nip and bite at my hands. So the way that we worked through that
is I would just teach him what I wanted him to do differently. So I would start off by just putting
my hand in his collar and I would just simply feed him for
allowing me to do that. Yes. Once he was comfortable with that, I
would practice taking the line off, putting the line on yes.
And then rewarding him.
And we would literally practice
this over and over and over again. Take the line off, put the line on.
Yes. And in order to get a reward, I just wanted him to be calm and settled. I don't care whether he sits
or stands. Yes. Good boy. I'm just gonna go through the process
of putting his line on and off. I need to teach him what he should
be doing differently in that moment, rather than leaving it to just nipping
and biting. If I give him a job to do, and show him what I want, he's much
less likely to nip and bite. In fact, he says, Hey mom, let's do this whole
collar leash thing. This is cool. And again, I have a willing and excited puppy to
get his leash on all because of how I present this situation to him. Another common place that a lot of people
end up getting some nipping and biting from their puppies is situations
where we need to handle them.
It could be simple things like taking
a hold of their collar, or, you know, getting something outta their
mouth, clipping their toenails. And that is actually not an area that
I've had a lot of issues with five with, because right from the beginning, I've trained him how to react
in those different scenarios. One of my favorite exercises
that I'll do with him, and I've done this to
start conditioning him, to allow me to clip his toenails is I
give him a comfortable position that I know likes to be in.
just lured him onto my lap here. And then I practice, I
have treats in one hand, I'm gonna get a few more out here and
I'm just gonna practice holding a paw, maybe handling a toenail. Yes. And
then rewarding handling a toenail. Yes. And then rewarding. And I
will do this far before. Yes. Good boy. I ever get the
toenail clippers out. And this is to make sure that by the
time I get the toenail clippers out, yes. He understands what he should be doing.
I could even hold a back foot. Yes. Good boy. And I just
take my time with this. We literally do this for just a couple
minutes every day. Every other day. Yes. Good boy. And it really
conditions him behave differently. So rather than nipping and biting me
during those moments, he says, oh, there's that fun, little exercise that we do where you
feed me a bunch and you hold onto my toenails. Yes. Good boy. I wanna talk to you guys about the
game of tug and out or tug of war. What a lot of people don't realize is
that this game has so much to do with teaching your puppy about
not nipping and biting you.
The really fun thing about playing tug
is that it's a great way to get some of this excess energy out. Just
like I mentioned before, this would be a great thing for me
to do before we have a little snuggle session, cuz I can get
all this energy out. The other thing that I can do is I can
teach him about how he should use his mouth while he's tugging and playing. I might get my free hand and put it around
his face or put my hand on his sides. Oh you crazy dog. Now
this growling and playing, this is just because he's having a total
ball right now. This is not aggression. This isn't anything bad. He is just
having a great time. And again, he's trying really hard to keep
his mouth on the toy. Not on me. Now, when we first started, there was a
few times where he would accidentally, grab my sweatshirt or grab my
I would stop the game. I would get him back on the toy.
And then the game would begin. And he learned through a couple tries
that the game only continues if your mouth stays on this toy. So it teaches him
to be more careful around me. Now, the last thing that's so awesome about
tug of war is that it's an amazing game to start implementing some rules. Now you can see that Five Alive absolutely
loves this fuzzy ball T he likes the fuzz. He likes the ball and sometimes he
actually would rather chew the handle. Okay. That's fun too. So if you wanna
get one of these toys for yourself, make sure you check out the McCann store.
The first rule is teaching the puppy, not to grab the toy until you're ready.
So he's obviously already grabbed the toy. So I'm gonna use the
house line and the leash. This is why the house line
is so important. Good boy. He gets to play when I start
the game. Ready? Okay. Playtime. Good boy. So I say some type of phrase or word
that means we're allowed to play and have some fun. Good boy. Then I can start
to teach him right from the beginning. How to give things up to me. So
while I was talking to you there, I just snuck a little piece of food in
my hand. And as he's playing, good boy, I'm going to offer him a bit of a
Get this thing. Good boy. You could start to give them a word that
you want them to give up the toy on. I like to say the word out, so I'm simply gonna the word and then I'm
gonna trade him for a treat. Good boy. Good. Out. Yes. Good boy. So I say the command and then I can give
him a reward one second later for that great timing. Yes. Good boy. Now, if you're having any major
nipping and biting issues, it's really important that you listen
to this next step because management's gonna be really, really important. Now,
a really obvious choice for management, which I think a lot of people already
know about is the use of a crate. Now the use of a crate does not fix
your puppies, nipping and biting issues. But what it does do is it gives you an
opportunity to avoid it from happening because it allows you to not
have to supervise them 24/7. It's just is really important that
if you are utilizing the crate, which we suggest that you do, that you are not using the
crate as a form of discipline.
So the puppy does not go in the crate.
If they are nipping and biting you, that's not how it's going to be
used. It's used more for prevention. And that's a really important point. Sometimes what happens is
we put our puppies is in a
scenario where we want them to be calm and relaxed and snuggly
and all, all these things with us. But we have a puppy that is like ready
to rip roar around the room and get really excited. And sometimes if you have
a really energetic puppy
being calm in that moment is, is not really on their
list of things to do. I I'm actually doing that
right now. You know, Five, it was actually quite hyper before
we first started this video, knowing that I wanted to sit
down here and talk to camera. I just got a high value bone. So he
actually has something that he could do. If this bone was away, he'd probably
be climbing all over me and doing, you know, energetic puppy things.
So I'm, I'm using an opportunity to teach him
what I want him to do instead by giving him a job. So that's one option. The second option could be actually
changing your dog's energy level by doing something active with them before
you want them to do something calm. And the reason why I bring this up is in, if you're in scenarios where say you wanna
have a little snuggle on the couch or you wanna hold your puppy. And
they're feeling really energetic, that is a super common place for them
to stop or common time for them to start nipping inviting at you. But if you can
tire your puppy out a little bit more, if we want him to sit with us while
we watch a movie or a couple shows, we wouldn't just take him out of the crate
or take 'em outside and then make him sit with us because he'd be too
energetic. We would train him first, Ken and I might do some restraint recalls
with them or some tricks or something that's act. So by the time
we sit down on the couch, he's got some of that energy out and
he's actually much happier to sit with us and being a little bit more calm.
about the state that your puppy's in, that the mind frame or the energy level, and either adapt that by
adding some exercise into
the mix before you're putting them in a scenario or give them
something to do, that's more productive. So rather than nipping on you, they
can be enjoying a nice little bone. You'll notice I use a lot of
treats in my training today, but I know later on down the road, that's not something that I'm gonna do
forever and I will wean off of that. And I know that's a
big concern for people. So if you wanna check out our video
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