Some of the most common and effective methods with which you can stop your Lab puppy from being aggressive and biting include:
- Regular exercising
- Proper socialization
- Discourage aggressive play
- Use of games such as Tug-of-War
- Showing signs of pain when your puppy bites
The first, and arguably, one of the best ways of training your 10-week-old Lab Puppy to stop biting is by regularly engaging the pooch in quality exercises.
By quality exercise, we’re talking about structured games of fetch and the likes, that provide an effective outlet for your lab to get rid of excess energy without being necessarily aggressive. And this will go a long way in providing the required mental stimulation for your Lab puppy and greatly reduce biting due to boredom.
It is also important that you avoid over-exercising your Lab puppies. And to this effect, the recommended ratio for the amount of exercise needed by a Lab puppy is five minutes per month of age.
Labradors are quite friendly by nature, and socializing your pooch from an early age can be quite effective at preventing the development of undesirable behaviors such as biting.
Introducing your Lab puppy to other humans and dogs helps them become more comfortable around unfamiliar faces and surroundings, and reduces aggression-based biting.
Discourage Aggressive Play
Rough or aggressive play tends to get lab puppies over-excited, and your pup may bite in its state of excitement; To prevent this from happening, reduce the frequency of rough play with your Lab, and be careful about who you let interact with your pup.
Additionally, when you notice that your Lab puppy is getting over-excited while playing, you should give your pup room to calm down by breaking off play for a while; This, you can do with a simple recall command. And once you notice that your Lab has regained self-control, you can release it to continue playing.
Using Tug-Of-War To Stop Biting
By initiating a game of tug-of-war anytime your Lab puppy starts biting, you can train your pooch to stop biting.
Once you notice your Lab nipping on that piece of furniture or biting you, show your disapproval with a ‘NO’, and immediately replace your arm or the furniture with the tug toy. It is also important that you praise your dog once it releases your hand and engages the tug toy.
Show Signs Of Pain When Your Puppy Bites
Once your Lab puts your hand in its mouth in an attempt to bite, let out a loud yelp while maintaining eye contact with the pooch, and then proceed to ignore such a pooch for the next 30 seconds, at least.
After 30 seconds, come back to your Lab puppy and resume play. And if the pooch makes an attempt to bite again, repeat the steps detailed above.
The goal of this exercise is to teach your pooch that fun stops once it starts biting, and resumes only when it stops biting. And it’ll help to repeat this exercise till your pooch gets the hang of it.