How To Train a Great Pyrenees Puppy Not To Bite – 4 Tips!

You did your research and you just brought home a Great Pyrenees puppy – congratulations!

You’re in for a lifetime of love and companionship.

How To Train a Great Pyrenees Puppy Not To Bite

But, like all dogs, your puppy needs proper training, especially when it comes to biting.

When we got our Pyrenees puppy, May, we had all sorts of issues with her nipping at our three young children.

Here are some tips we used to train May to stop biting us!

Why Do Great Pyrenees Puppies Bite?

Before you can change a dog’s behavior, you need to understand why they’re doing it in the first place.

In our situation, from the moment we got our puppy home, it seemed like all she wanted to do was bite us. It was really frustrating, especially since we were trying to potty train her at the same time.

We quickly realized that our puppy was just playing. She would nip at our fingers when we were petting her, but she never actually broke skin.

If you watch a group of puppies play, you’ll see that they wrestle and nip at each other. Although it’s fine for puppies to play that way together, you’ll want to put a stop to it quickly when they’re playing with you or your children.

Great Pyrenees grow very quickly and those playful nips can be painful and potentially dangerous when they come from a 50-pound puppy!

How To Stop Your Great Pyrenees Puppy From Biting

We had great success training our Great Pyrenees not to bite by following these simple steps.

First, we established a “zero tolerance” policy. No matter the reason, our Pyrenees puppy always got corrected for biting or nipping.

If you let your puppy nip your hands when you’re wrestling with them, but are very strict any other time, your puppy won’t understand. This will greatly slow down the time required to get them to stop biting.

Second, make sure to provide plenty of chew toys to help discourage them from biting you or your belongings. This is especially important as they get older and they start losing their puppy teeth.

Deer antler chew bones worked really well with our puppy. They were durable enough that she wasn’t able to break off small pieces she may swallow.

Third, yelp loudly and walk away from your puppy when they bite you. This will show them that biting results in losing your attention.

Fourth, if the yelping and walking away doesn’t work for you, correct them with a sharp “no” and give them a toy to chew on instead. By doing these things consistently, my Great Pyrenees has learned that biting is not acceptable behavior and is now a well-behaved pup!

It’s important that you be very consistent in following these tips above. As we’ve stated, giving mixed signals will greatly slow down your puppy’s training and make it much more difficult for both of you.

Positive Vs. Negative Reinforcement

There’s a big debate between dog owners on whether it’s better to use positive or negative reinforcement. Personally, we found that our Pyrenees did better with positive reinforcement on almost everything EXCEPT training her to stop biting.

Negative reinforcement DOES NOT mean hitting your puppy. For example, we would yelp or say ‘no’ in a firm voice when our puppy bit us.

If that didn’t work, we had a water spray bottle that we would also use. That worked well to get her attention and help her understand that we didn’t want her to bite us.

Some Great Pyrenees owners have reported success using positive reinforcement when training their puppy to stop biting.

If you’d like to go this route, you can give your puppy a treat or verbal praise when they behave as they should. It’s important to be consistent with this method of training so that the puppy knows what you expect from them.

To wrap things up, training your Great Pyrenees puppy to stop biting isn’t as impossible as it seems. Just remember to be consistent with your commands and rewards and to provide plenty of chew toys and praise when your puppy doesn’t bite.

With patience and persistence, you can train your puppy not to bite and enjoy a lifelong friendship!

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