How To Train An American Bully To Stop Biting (Explained!)
American bullies are known for being one of the most aggressive dog breeds if not trained properly. They are also known for their strong jaws and propensity to bite. If you have an American bully, it is important to train them not to bite.
In this blog post, we will discuss how to train your American bully to stop biting. We will cover both positive reinforcement training and punishment-based training methods. We will also provide tips on how to prevent your American bully from biting in the first place.
How To Train An American Bully To Stop Biting
When training an American bully to stop biting, consistency and patience are as important as starting the training from a young age. It is important to note that any training without a previously established plan will fail. Here is a five-step guide on how to train an American bully to stop biting:
1. Introduce the ”NO” command
The ”NO” command is a command that is used every time you want your American bully to stop with whatever it is doing. In this case, to stop biting. As a dog owner, especially an American bully owner, you have to establish yourself at the top of the pack. Your dog has to see you as their only leader. If you have the credibility, then your American bully will listen to you.
When to give the ”NO” command? When a small puppy grows up, they go through a teething process. This is when they will bite and nip everything in their way. The teething process is itchy and painful and they find comfort in biting. So, when your American bully tries to bite you, stop whatever you were doing and firmly say ”NO” and then go away. Do not pet your pup just a few moments after you told them NO.
They need to understand that the word NO is associated with stopping what they were doing. If they stop biting after the NO command, give them a treat.
2. Provide a chew toy
If you have an American bully that’s prone to biting, chewing toys can be a great way to help train them to stop. By giving your dog a toy to chew on when they start getting mouthy, you can redirect their energy into something positive and teach them that biting is not acceptable behavior.
Chewing toys for dogs are designed to help keep your dog’s teeth clean and their gums healthy. Chewing on toys can also help relieve boredom and calm an anxious dog. Basically, a chewing toy will satisfy the biting need of your American bully.
There are a variety of different types of chew toys available, so you can find one that’s perfect for your dog’s individual needs.
Some popular types of chewing toys for dogs include:
- Kongs: Kongs are one of the most popular types of chewing toys for dogs. They’re durable, bouncy, and come in a variety of sizes to accommodate all different kinds of dogs. You can also stuff Kongs with treats or food to keep your dog entertained and engaged.
- Nylabones: Nylabones are another popular type of chewing toy for dogs. They’re made from durable nylon, and they come in a variety of flavors that your dog is sure to love. Nylabones also help promote healthy teeth and gums by massaging the gums and scraping away plaque and tartar.
- Rawhide: Rawhide is a popular chew treat for dogs because it’s flavorful and satisfying to chew on. However, rawhide can be a choking hazard, so it’s important to supervise your dog while they’re chewing on it.
3. Do not play ”tug-of-war” with your dog
The tug of war is most like the game of tug. In this game, two players take turns pulling on a rope until one player either let’s go or is pulled off their feet. The object of the game is to pull your opponent across the line or to have the most control over the rope at the end of the match. Like in a tug of war, games are often won by sheer strength or by outsmarting your opponent.
It is not a great idea to engage in a biting and pulling game with an American bully that is already having biting issues. You might end up encouraging the biting and they will think it is alright. However, once your American bully gets the biting under control, it is a fine game to play.
Dog owners often ask how to properly play tug of war with their dog. The answer is simple: start by teaching your dog the “drop it” command. Once your dog knows this command, you can then play tug of war with him in a safe and controlled manner. Here’s how to do it:
First, find a rope that is comfortable for both you and your dog to hold onto. You don’t want the rope to be too thick or too thin – just something that will be easy for both of you to grip. Next, take one end of the rope in each hand and invite your dog to grab the other end in his mouth. When he does, say “drop it” and immediately let go of the rope.
Your dog will likely be surprised at first, but he’ll quickly catch on that the game is to let go of the rope when you say “drop it.” Once he’s got the hang of it, you can start playing tug of war in earnest! Just make sure to take breaks often so that neither one of you gets too tired. And most importantly, have fun!
4. Provide positive reinforcement when your dog refrains from biting
Positive reinforcement is a way to condition your dog to associate good things with particular behaviors. Every time your dog does something you want him to do, in this case, to stop biting, you provide him with positive reinforcement. The most common positive reinforcement for dogs is food, but it can also be petting, praise, or play.
Reward your puppy when they display good behavior, such as not biting. This will help them learn that good behavior is rewarded.
You will need to experiment to find out what works best for your dog. Remember that timing is important when using positive reinforcement – the reward should come immediately after the desired behavior is displayed. With patience and consistency, you can use positive reinforcement to train your dog to stop biting.
5. Consult with a professional trainer or behaviorist
Your American bully may be biting for a number of reasons, including fear, anxiety, or aggression. If your dog is biting out of aggression, it can be extremely dangerous for both you and your dog. A professional trainer or behaviorist can help you identify the root cause of your dog’s aggression and develop a plan to address it.
If your American bully is fearful or anxious, bites can also be a problem. A professional can help you work on desensitizing your dog to the things that trigger their fear or anxiety, and teaching them how to cope in stressful situations. This will not only help prevent bites but also help your dog live a happier and more stress-free life.
There are many different approaches to addressing dog biting, and the right approach for your dog will depend on the underlying cause of their biting. But no matter what the cause, professional help can make a world of difference for both you and your dog. So if your dog is having biting issues, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.