New puppy tips

The 4 Faces of Eva


This 4-month-old Golden Retriever came in to get some training. We’re going over all the basics. One of the things I need to go over with almost all new puppy parents is to train their pooch to stop chewing on or biting things inappropriately.


Here’s my tip on training your pup to stop biting you or chewing on objects that aren’t his:


Get some vinegar or Bitter Apple ( and put it in some small spray bottles and put them around the house in places where you play with your dog.


When he bites your hand (or a piece of furniture, or an electrical cord, etc.), say “no bite!”.


If he stops, tell him “good dog” and play with him some more. Use a toy to let him bite safely.


If he doesn’t stop, *secretly* spray the Bitter Apple on your hand or object. Repeat “no bite!”. Now, when he bites your hand, he’s going to get a mouthful of yukky taste! And now he will start to understand what “no bite” means and take you seriously.


Note – It’s important to hide the bottle. If your dog gets to see and learn what the spray bottle is, he will stop chewing because he sees the bottle and not because he thinks you’re some magical creature who can make things taste nasty. He’ll respect the bottle, but not you. And, you’ll have to have the bottles around for the rest of his life to control him.


This method safely teaches him to stop chewing dangerous or delicate things as it also trains him to listen to your commands.


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