Stop Greyhound Biting

Does your Greyhound bite?  If you answered “yes” then you need to take steps to get this behavior under control – before your Greyhound ends up seriously hurting somebody.

Greyhound Biting as a Puppy

Stop Greyhound BitingIf your Greyhound puppy is biting then you may think that this is just a little bit of harmless fun.  However, if not stopped now your Greyhound may continue to bite as they get older.  Therefore, the best time to stop Greyhound biting is at the puppy stage.  The following tips will help you do this:

  • Your Greyhound puppy will view your family as their pack.  If you don’t have a set alpha leader of this pack, then your Greyhound puppy may use biting as a means to become this alpha leader themselves.  To prevent this biting behavior, you need to show your Greyhound puppy early on that you are in fact the alpha leader.
  • When stopping Greyhound biting at the puppy stage, it is important to be consistent.  Do not let your Greyhound puppy bite one day and then stop them the next.  This inconsistency will just confuse your Greyhound puppy.  Instead, start as you mean to go on with a complete no biting policy.
  • The second step is to start thinking like a dog.  This means reacting the same way as your Greyhound puppies mom or siblings would if they got bitten.  To do this let out a loud ‘yelp’ sound the next time your Greyhound puppy bites.  Repeat this every single time they bite.  Your Greyhound puppy should soon come to understand that biting is not acceptable behavior.
  • Like all puppies, your Greyhound puppy will have an overwhelming need to chew.  If you don’t have plenty of toys for them to chew then they will probably come after your fingers and toes.  So stock up on toys for your Greyhound to prevent this from happening.  And if you do find them coming after your toes then say firmly “no” and quickly pick up one of their toys for them to chew instead.

Biting as an Adult Greyhound

A Greyhound biting at the adult stage is very serious and needs to be controlled as soon as possible.  The following tips will help you in doing this:

  • One reason an adult Greyhound may bite is because they are in fact sick.  To rule this out, take your Greyhound for a full check-up at your local vet.
  • Another cause of Greyhound biting could be anxiety or worry.  If this is the case then try and figure out what might be causing this anxiety and then take steps to fix the problem.
  • If you are unable to stop your Greyhound biting at the adult stage then it might be time to get in some outside help such as a professional dog training.  They will be able to come to your home and will help you combat your Greyhound’s biting once and for all.

Remember, Greyhound biting is not something to be taken lightly.  So don’t delay – get your Greyhound’s biting under control today – especially for the safety of those around you!

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