When you first bring your new pet home, occasional nipping is very likely to occur. Nipping is a natural behaviour for cats and dogs that can be the cause of playing, communicating, or to help them while teething. At first, nipping may seem cute and funny; however, encouraging this type of behaviour can lead to more aggressive biting as your pet matures. So what can you do if your new furry friend begins to bite?
Tip 1: Ensuring your pet has plenty of time to play. Puppies and kittens need to expel their energy in one form or another. If your pet is nipping, it may be due to boredom. Allowing them to exhaust their need to bite via exercise can really help reduce the amount of biting and nipping.
Tip 2: Toys! If your pet begins to nip you, immediately grab a toy and offer it to your pet to chew on. This will teach them what is appropriate for them to bite on and can redirect their gnawing. Afterwards, giving them verbal praise or even a treat will help bridge the idea that biting on a toy is good.
Tip 3: Talk to your vet! Consulting with a veterinarian is always a good idea if you can’t seem to control nipping behaviour with your new pet. A veterinarian can asses your pet and ensure that their biting is not stemming from medical issues, and can then refer you to a local animal behaviourist.
Nipping can turn into a serious issue very quickly. But eradicating the problem while a pet is still young will reduce owner’s worry when their pet matures. By teaching your pet the difference between appropriate and inappropriate nipping, you can help your pet establish a good understanding of proper actions. For a more in-depth discussion in regards to nipping, you can check out this link