• Biting

    • Calming Collars
    • Sergeants Stop That!™ Behavior Correction Spray

    It’s easy to think that biting in puppies and kittens is just a normal behavior — and it is when they’re playing with each other. However, when dogs or cats bite humans, it’s crucial to teach them an alternative to this problem behavior. Likewise, any dog or cat that uses biting to express feeling threatened or scared needs to find a new way of dealing with these situations.

    Socializing your dog or cat when they are young teaches them to feel comfortable around people. It also teaches the pet behaviors that will make them a positive part of your family and encourage positive interactions with family and friends that come to visit.

    However, some situations can increase overall stress and excitability in your pet. That can increase the likelihood that they’ll lash out — either snapping or biting. But with the right behavioral tools and training, you can help to reduce behavior problems like biting in your dog or cat.

    Pheromone Technology

    If your dog is a repeat biter, regularly use a Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Collar (dog, cat). It can make your dog or cat feel more at ease around people or in stressful situations.

    If your dog snaps or bites in specific instances — when around food or with the excitement of young visitors — use a spray of the Sergeant’s Vetscription PetSTOP! Behavior Correction Spray (dog, cat) while he is in the act. It will immediately refocus his attention and calm him, allowing you to direct him to more positive behavior.

    Training Tips

    It’s best to find ways of redirecting your dog or cat away from the problem behavior to discover a better behavior that doesn’t include biting. Like any training, it requires you to be firm and consistent with your dog or cat.

    • Find fun play activities that don’t involve biting your hands or that make your hands part of the toys.
    • Discourage biting behavior by stopping play, standing and folding your arms — with your back to the animal.
    • Watch for clues that tell you your dog or cat is feeling threatened or no longer wishes to play or be petted. Then stop.
    • Do not leave children or others alone with pets that bite or nip.
    • Avoid situations that can lead to the biting behavior.
    • Have your pets spayed or neutered to reduce the likelihood of aggressive behavior.
    • If you see signs that biting behavior is eminent, distract your pet with a command or other noise and get the pet interested in an alternate behavior like playing with a favorite toy or moving to another space.