No matter what kind of dog or how old it is, a puppy is a lot of fun. They are full of life and curiosity, and their warm fur makes it hard to say no. Some new pet owners may be surprised when their Corgi puppy bites them after being so cute.
Biting and nipping when a dog is a puppy is a common but annoying behaviour that needs to be fixed so the dog doesn’t keep it as an adult.
When Do Corgi Puppies Stop Biting?
Corgis will stop biting once they have been taught not to, just like other puppies. This could happen before or after their first year, and Corgis who learn the ropes early may need a refresher course every so often.
Isn’t everything just for fun?
Not always, no. Even though this is a normal part of a Corgi puppy’s growth, it should never be accepted or put up with.
Even when the puppy is young, there are ways to teach it good manners and play with it while still letting it be a puppy.
The most common reason a Corgi puppy bites is because it is teething.
In the first few months of their lives, the Corgi puppies’ bodies will go through changes that can be painful and hard for them, like teething, and they won’t know what to do about it.
This is where the pet owner can redirect the pet’s need to chew, bite, and nip, which is caused by the pain and discomfort of teething.
When they come back, they can bring a teething toy to replace the fingers. This will help them feel better and teach them what they can chew on.
A puppy may feel scared because their new home is strange and full of new people and smells.
The Corgi puppy could hear a noise or be scared by something in their new home.
When a puppy is scared, it will react and try to protect itself. It may bite or nip someone accidentally because it is scared and confused.
The easiest way to handle this situation is to gently pick them up, say something comforting and soothing, and tell them straight out, “NO BITE.”
Once they are calm and comfortable again, the parent can put them back on the floor or find something to do with them, like going outside to use the bathroom.
When they try to defend themselves, the same thing can be said.
If a Corgi puppy is afraid for its safety, it will bite, not because it wants to hurt but because it doesn’t know what’s going on and is scared.
When a Corgi puppy is sick or hurt, he or she will act mean and might not let you touch it.
If a pet parent or other person tries to touch a sick Corgi puppy, the puppy may bite as a warning to stay away.
When a puppy isn’t feeling well, they don’t mean to hurt, but they do because they are in pain and suffering.
These are the kinds of things that can make a Corgi puppy bite or nip.
In some situations, these behaviours can carry over into adulthood and become hard to break.
A Word About Breeding
Corgis are a type of herding dog, so they are more likely to bite and nip, whether they are a puppy or an adult.
It’s part of who they are as dogs, and it can be hard to break the habit at any age.
The good news is that obedience training can help cut down on this behaviour, but it may never go away completely.
Because of how they were raised, dogs have strong instincts that are hard to change.
They can be reduced, managed, and controlled to some extent, but the Corgi may still bite in the right situation.
How to Train Your Corgi Puppy Not To Bite
Yelp when they bite you
Puppies have a lot to learn, and one of the most important things they need to know is how hard to bite when playing.
Let your dog chew on your hands while you play. When they bite too hard, make a sound like a puppy in trouble and let go of your hand.
Even though it feels weird, your pet needs to stop biting you right away. This teaches your dog that if he or she bites too hard, the fun will end. It might take a few strong bites to the skin to get your dog to stop biting so hard.
Poke the inside of their mouth
Curling your finger around the top or side of their mouth can also work. When your dog bites you and has your finger in its mouth, curl your finger and press your nail against the roof of its mouth.
It shouldn’t be too hard to hurt them, but it should be enough for them to stop and realize that it doesn’t feel good.
This strategy is intended to teach them not to bite you because it hurts. Willo hasn’t bit my hands since I taught her this.
Substitute toys with your skin
When all else fails, the best way to keep a puppy from biting you is to always have different toys on hand.
You can buy puppy teething toys to give your dog something to chew on.
I used to put peanut butter on Willo’s chewy bone, freeze it for a few hours, and then give it to him as a treat and something to keep him busy.
Ropes and toys are also good things for puppies to chew on because they will tire them out and use up some of their puppy energy.
You might miss their sharp teeth and puppy breath after a short time. Just be patient, give them lots of toys, and if they need it, put them in time out.
They will learn that biting is not okay, and their teeth will become less sharp.
How to stop your corgi puppy from biting
There are a few tried-and-true ways to stop most corgi puppies from biting.
None of these needs to be paid for with courses, equipment, or visits to a vet (though you should if he continues to bite).
Find out which one your corgi likes best by trying them all. Always keep in mind that the key is to encourage the behaviours you want and stop the ones you don’t.
Ignore the behavior
This is the easiest plan because you don’t have to do anything. If you’ve taught your corgi puppy to bite or mouth to get your attention, you can break the link by ignoring it when it bites.
This only works if the corgi is still young and doesn’t have all of his adult teeth or a strong bite yet.
BUT DO NOT REACT TO THE BEHAVIOR.This means you shouldn’t move your hand or foot back. Don’t say anything to him. Don’t yell, hit, or do anything else when they mouth off.
When the puppy learns that biting you doesn’t get you to pay attention to him, he’ll stop.
This only works sometimes, though. If he learns that biting you gets you attention and you break the link between biting and attention, he may stop.
Stop and wait
This strategy makes it clear that biting means stopping.
If your puppy is always trying to bite your feet or shoes as you walk around the house, you may have to go around him to get where you need to go.
This often causes you to walk in strange ways, waddle, or circle your feet over him. The next time you land, he will attack your shoes.
This happens all the time, especially when a puppy is teething.
This is what’s going through his mind:
- We’re having fun and playing games
- We’re walking towards MY next treat or meal
- We’re going to take a walk
- We’re going to do whatever other activity
He’ll love biting your foot as you walk to the next activity for your corgi.
But if he bites you, you should try to stop everything.
This means you can’t walk with your pet, talk to it, or even look at it. Everything stops, and you feel like you’re going to freeze.
Try turning around and crossing your arms while you look up at the roof.
Hold this position for a couple of seconds. You’ll see that your dog is sniffing all over you. He might sit down and just look at you.
Try not to look at him at all during this time. To grab your attention, he may start jumping at you, barking, crying, whining, or doing other things. Your dog might even start to play.
Wait until he calms down, and then leave. Then you can walk to your destination.
If he starts biting your foot again, use the same method. Hold on a second.
It might take you a while to get across this room. But he’ll figure it out in the end.
Your corgi will figure out that when he bites, you ignore him and put off his next treat, meal, walk, or whatever else he’s looking forward to.
The most important thing is to stop when he bites. As soon as you feel the teeth, stop and wait.
You can use this method on other parts of your body where he bites, like your fingers, hands, arms, and ankles.
Stop doing what you’re doing and wait for him to nip.
If he’s biting your arms while you’re making his food, stop.
If he’s biting your feet, don’t try to give him more water.
Stop trying to get your cup of coffee in the morning if he’s biting your shoes.
The goal is to teach him that biting will stop him from moving forward. If he bites, he won’t get anywhere. and he has to realize that.
This is a common and effective way to do things.
All you have to do when he bites you is make a “yelping” sound. The point is that dogs make the same sound when they are hurt.
When your corgi puppy plays too rough, he’ll get used to it because his littermates do the same thing.
When he or one of his littermates is hurt, he lets out a loud yelp that tells other dogs to back off.
Your puppy most likely played with his siblings before he was weaned and learned what to do when something hurt.
Dogs figure this out on their own. This dog signal means the same thing to both puppies and older dogs.
This lets you, as his owner, say the same thing when he bites by making a loud noise.
You can scream, yell, or just say what you want.
Choose one phrase and say it over and over:
There are no problems. Just say it with one syllable. This is how puppies naturally talk to each other, so higher-pitched sounds work best.
- Don’t roar right into his ears because puppy ears are sensitive, and you could permanently scare him away from loud noises or damage his hearing.
- Face the dog up or away and yell.
- When you feel his teeth, you should scream. If you yell at him too soon or if he tries to lick you instead of bite you, you may stop him from doing good things.
- Don’t scream too much. You’ll have to try different amounts to find the right one. But it shouldn’t be so loud that it scares him or so quiet that he doesn’t pay attention to it.
- Keep your yelps short and to the point (under 1 second). There’s no need to “drag out” the conversation and make it harder for him to understand. Keep it brief and to the point!
- Always use the same phrase. Since this is what puppies do, you should use the same sounds and be consistent.
- Don’t hurt yourself because you yelled. After yelling, you don’t want to make a bad habit stick.
- Your corgi should be scared enough by the yelp to stop biting.
If your dog bites you again, do the same thing over and over again until he gets it. This might take more than one round.
If he keeps biting you even though you yell, you may need to change how loud you are, what you say, or when you say it.
Remember that you don’t want to scare your corgi or teach it that yelping is the same as other bad habits.
You just want him to know that biting is painful. So, that’s it.
Redirect his attention
For this method to work, you need to give your corgi puppy something it can chew on.
If he starts to bite you, give him a chew toy to play with. Put it in front of his mouth to get his attention.
When he does that, he starts to chew on the toy. The goal is to keep doing this until he learns to chew on the toy instead of your fingers.
If your corgi doesn’t play with the toy or isn’t interested, make it more interesting.
Think about the following ideas:
- Try different chew toys to see which one your dog likes best (rope toys, soft toys, hard toys, squeaky toys, etc.).
- You can put treats in a Kong or another chew toy with a hole.
- Spread peanut butter on the toy to chew on.
You can also give your puppy a treat for playing with the toy.
Get a clicker and click whenever he bites the toy instead of your hands, feet, or fingers. Then give him a treat for biting the toy.
You can create positive reinforcement by giving him a treat when he chews on the right thing. Over time, he will learn to chew on the toy instead of you. It’s going to take a while.
Put your corgi puppy in time out
The last thing you can do is just put your dog in a pen or crate. If none of the other methods work and the puppy keeps biting you, put the puppy in the pen.
It’s important not to do this too much, because if your puppy is left alone for too long, it might start to act up.
If the behaviour doesn’t change, do it again.
Bites = time out.If your corgi is biting too much and you’re at your wits’ end, put it in a pen or crate.
It won’t bite you anymore after this. Also, your dog will learn that biting won’t get it what it wants.
Consult a trainer
If you’ve tried everything else and your puppy still won’t stop biting, this is something else you can try.
You could also ask the person from whom you bought the pet. If they are trustworthy, they should be able to answer simple questions about how to care for a corgi.
There are experts who know how to train dogs, and many of them live near you. Large branches offer classes on how to train a puppy, or you can hire a contractor to train your dog.
Corgis who were adopted or raised by people who didn’t treat them well may have deep behavioural problems that are hard to fix. They may be hostile as well because they don’t get out much.
Corgis bite because they were made to herd sheep and because they are still growing when they are puppies.
Being polite but persistent and sure of what you’re doing as a leader, as well as providing distractions and changing this habit, can be a good way to deal with this problem.
Formal training is important, and if your Corgi wants to learn, they will pick it up quickly.
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