Overview: If you are worried about the puppy’ biting habit then find the reason for this habit. Another important aspect to consider is that your puppy is biting or nipping.
Nipping or biting: There is a minor difference between biting and nipping. Quick snap of jaws is called nipping and skin contact is not necessary in it. If the Chihuahua nips, its head juts out and it continues its work in an instant manner. But in case of biting, it is considered an aggressive attack and it directly makes skin contact that may cause damage to the person. Chihuahua may bite numerous times that may cause serious injuries to the intended target.
There are five major reasons for nipping and biting:
Teething: Teething is the foremost reason for biting and nipping. Be patient because it is quite tough time for Chihuahua as it is going through a big deal of discomfort. Provide your puppy the following elements for teething relief:
- Provide cold toys
- Ice cubes
- Chew toys are very helpful to reach the painful area
Injury: At times the owner is not well aware about hidden medical issues. There are two main injuries which usually occur while playing.
- Hip Dysplasia
- Slipped kneecaps
Some dogs tend to bite as it hurts when the owner gets closer because canines feel weak.
Past neglect: Some past worse experiences may turn a dog into a biter because of fear or anxiety. So it is very important to know about the history of the dog because it may be harmful to children. Such dogs are better to be labeled as a biter.
How to stop Chihuahua from biting?
- Always discourages the biting action of the Chihuahua with a loud No
- Change the position of the puppy in an instant manner
- Ignore the puppy after such actions