Stop Boxer Puppy Biting

Stop Boxer Puppy Biting

If you obtained your boxer puppy at an early age, chances are you were a victim of his or her sharp little puppy teeth. It’s true; nearly everyone who comes in contact with boxer puppies has suffered from the fierce, yet adorable, puppy attacks. I constantly get emails asking me “Why does my boxer puppy always bite me?” or “How do I stop my boxer puppy from biting me?!” Boxer puppies are exceptionally cute but their constant biting and chewing can be a bit annoying. Lucky for you, there is a solution to this somewhat annoying behavior.

Boxer Dog Biting

Just like with all dog training, identifying the source of the problem is the first step to a successful training of your dog from the biting little monster into a well behaved puppy. Boxer puppies have only one way to touch and feel things for themselves, and that is with their teeth. They don’t have two hands to pick up an object to figure out what it is. They can only pick it up with their mouths. Your new pants or those colorful socks look interesting to the little creatures so they latch on to them, biting you in the process.

I know what you are thinking right now but no, wearing same old boring socks everyday won’t end the biting spree. Biting is also a way that boxer pups play among themselves. So when you are bitten, it’s their way of saying “Tag you are it! Come play with me now!” To them biting is fun and playful and they do not see anything wrong with biting one another. Of course that is not how people play games with each other and since your puppy now lives with you, you have to get your boxer puppy to stop biting and play by your rules.

Stopping Your Boxer Puppy from Biting You

SoBoxer Puppy Chewing On Toy now that we’ve identified the two major reasons behind the constant biting we can put a stop to it. Since you are the pack leader it is your responsibility to teach your boxer puppy that biting you or other people is not allowed, no matter how harmless it may seem.

The easiest way to do this is to give your boxer puppy something else to bite besides your feet and hands. So next time your puppy decides to bite you, simply stop him and give him a proper chewing toy instead.

With all the available chew toys for dogs, it’s hard to find which one would be the best for your boxer puppy. The best way to find out which your boxer will like to bite and chew on more is to buy several and see which one he or she plays with most. Rubbers toys like rubber balls or rubber bones are good to play with, and since they are made of more durable material they are much harder for your boxer puppy to destroy with his or her sharp teeth. You can also use these toys for other games, like fetch, whenever you want to play with your puppy.

There are other great toys to keep your puppies teeth off of you and have him busy for a while. For example, get the puppy a toy with a treat inside. The treat will have the boxer’s full attention and you won’t have to worry about the boxer biting your hands or feet. However, some of these toys do have a downside. Most of them make it too easy for the puppy to get the treat out and once he gotten the treat, he completely loses interest in it. You can always place a new treat inside the toy but giving your dog too many during the day is not recommended as it can seriously damage his diet. These toys are great to stop your boxer from biting you but use them in moderation.

Boxer puppy teeth

Other great toys which are perfect for chewing and biting are rope toys. They fit perfectly in the puppy’s mouth and are usually tough so they can last a while before you need to buy a new one. However, as tempting as it might be, try to avoid playing “tug of war” with the boxer puppy. Harsh and violent games like the one mentioned above can lead to more biting. Any games that promote aggression tells the boxer puppy that it’s ok to fight and bite. If you don’t want your puppy biting you, play more peaceful games, like fetch.

You should also avoid toys that look like shoes or other household items which the boxer is not allowed to chew or bite on. If you want the boxer puppy to stop chewing on your shoes, don’t buy him a rubber toy which looks like one, because he will not be able to tell the different between the one that is okay to chew on and the one that is not.

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18 Responses to “Stop Boxer Puppy Biting”

  1. Rileysmom says:

    My boxer is a year and a half and he gets these bursts of energy where he lunges at me or my husband, scratches, bites and starts to jump. I put him in a “time out” which makes him even more upset or I just leave until he calms down. I dont think he does it to hurt me, he just doesnt know how to get his energy out. He likes walks, bones and Kongs and I have bought bully sticks and he just chews right through them. any suggestions will be a lifesaver because its so frustrating. He has been through 2 classes and they never addressed this behavior. I just hope its because he is a puppy still- overall he is a good dog and well behaved.

  2. brittney says:

    AWSOME!!!!! wow i have a little 6 month old boxer her name is kattey i really have no problems with her i mean shes potty trained she can do some tricks but it was the bitting part i did not like but after reading this i got some ideas to stop her bitting problem.

    THANK YOU HOME BOXER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. lucy says:

    I found all of your infomation very helpful. Thank you. and you are absolutly right. I have had other puppy breeds but none as shy as my boxer puppy (Nala) Nala is loves to be at home, with us and the other dogs a Bichon and Malteese; she knows her place and although they are several years older then her; she plays very well with them. On occations she will bite them a bit hard and they in return will make a highpitch bark and and she will immidatly stop and calm down. they are trainning her to play nice I think. the only question we had was when it was time to go for walks. My husband use to walk her early in the morning or in the evening and she seemed afraid or shy. what would normally take him 20-30 min walk would end up as much as 45 to an hour. we did not understand why. one day my hubby took her early like around 3pm and it was sunny outside. She did sit when others would walk by but over all she did much better. We figured she is aftaid of the night. can that be possible? it’s hard for my hubby to run with her when the streets are busy, so instead he just walks her. she is only 5 months and seems to be afraid of everything still. How long will this take for her to stop being afraid and do you think taking her to a park where other dogs and peaple are will be ok. she seems very scared. We have a home and a nice size back yard where she plays and has a digging corner where we put her toys in so she knows it is ok to dig there. (we learned that trik when Bichon was little) she seems very happy back there with her other two companions. but we still want to run her because she needs the excersise to mellow down before she goes to bed. (( by the way, we got her when she was 2 months old and she learned how to go out to the yard to potty in a week. she knows where her bed is and takes all her favorite toys to her crate at night. then she sleeps right outside of her crate she is sooo very smart for a puppy. my other dogs only knew how to take them out the dog/toy box. this one puts them away too!! I love it!! Good girl Nala!!!

  4. Amy says:

    Your girl Nana sounds like such a sweet dog!

    It’s pretty common for younger dogs to be a little shy of busy streets, passers by and all the other noises going on around her. All those things are new, exciting and sometimes frightening. The best thing you can do to help her overcome her fear is to socialize her and to constantly introduce her to new things, that way she will become much more accustomed to strange things and will be more curious than scared.

    Taking her out to the park with other dogs would be a great idea! If she is a generally friendly and playful dog you could even try to find a playmate for her to play with at the park, it would be good for her to get introduced to others others outside of the “pack”.

    You could also invite some of your friends over from time to time to meet her. Meeting new people in her comfort zone, your home, might be a bit less stressful for her so it’s a good place to start. I’m not sure if you have read the chapter on socializing in my book but that chapter covers a lot of great ways to help your dog overcome shyness or fear so you might want to take a look at it.

    Other than that just keep slowly introducing her to new things without rushing her. Let her do things at her own pace and once she feels more confident she will come out of her shell 🙂

    Wish you and Nana best of luck!

  5. sheriy says:

    We have had our baby boxer for a month now an he’s 3 months old, his teeth seem to not be there, is this normal? I have an 11 months old pitbull with a mouth full I’m not use to seeing no teeth, please help.

  6. Jackie Smith says:

    We have tried all the things you have recommended and still our Molly lunges and bites us. She is a boxer/rotty mix and I am at my wits end. Help! We have an older border collie and he won’t get around her because of his age. We have two other dogs outside but even they won’t have anything to do with her and she is only 10 weeks old. She does have a “sloppy” right knee thanks to an uneducated 4 year old but we have tried everything to get her to settle down and nothing seems to work. Again HELP!

  7. Shannon Thompson says:

    I need help, my 3 month boxer Max is bitting. If we are on the floor and he is playing he will nip us in the face, hands, feet, then when we tell him no. He starts to bob back and forth. Barking and growling. Is this really bad, I’m scared that he is getting too aggressive. I’m scared he is gonna hurt one of us really bad, he has actually drawn blood from my husband, just a little, but still. What do we do??
    Thank you,

    • heather says:

      I am haviing the same problem with my boxer/lab mix Ammo…he will also bark bite and bob and weave when I tell him no,,,,any suggestions

    • Rebecca Rivera says:

      I am having the same problem with our boxer/retriever puppy. She is about 10 wks. I have small children that she is constantly nipping at. We have tried everything. If we can’t figure it out we’ll have to get rid of her and i don’t want to.

    • Toni says:

      I am going through the same problem! I have tried multiple methods and nothing seems to work. When we try to correct the problem he just barks back at us and lunges for our arms! If you found a solution please share!!!!

      • Melanie says:

        I am following this to hopefully get some answers. I am having the same problem with my 16 week old boxer puppy. He growls and lunges at you to bite. He has drawn blood also. I thought he would have outgrown this by now. I have followed all the advise, and nothing is helping. I dont want an aggressive dog. This needs to stop now. HELP!!

  8. nat says:

    Hi my 1 1/2 yr old boxer tries to be very dominant. She bites and growls when I try to get her off my bed.I pull her off anyway and shut my bedroom door.Also if I hug my son she nips its like she thinks we are biting each other. She is a cuddly lovable dog but she plays too rough and always tries to stand up taller than you please give me some suggestions. Thank you

  9. Elizabet says:

    I do have all those problems like persons above with my 3 month old boxer/Labrador please help !

  10. HP says:

    I’m no Dog/Boxer mix expert…but I have a 5 mo Boxer/Bull dog mix, and he attempts to do the same thing with me (growling, barking, weaving back and forth). I’ve found that establishing dominance is key. You need to get down to there level, hold eye contact until they look away, and yell “no” loudly. After I do that my boxer laus down, and when he come closer to me, he licks my hand nicely. Hope that helps. Also pick one person in the house to be “main” dominant.

  11. Kris says:

    I have a 3-month old boxer with biting issues too. She is aggressive. You say no and it makes her mad then she jumps at you biting. At wits end. Not sure what else to do but to get rid of her. Any suggestions?

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