Almost anyone who owned a puppy has had some sort of experience with this particular problem. You start playing with your puppy and during the game he gets too excited and bites you. Or while playing outside, you start running and your Border Collie starts chasing you and biting your legs.
It’s a common problem with a lot of puppies. As much as you might love to play with your dog, the constant biting can really ruin your fun, not to mention your clothes which are probably filled with holes from the little biter already.
Usually puppies outgrow this type of behavior by the time they reach adulthood and don’t bite anymore. Sometimes though, if they don’t learn that biting is not a fun way to play, they can keep this habit throughout their adult life. So it is better that you do something the biting and stop it before the biting starts to REALLY hurt.
Puppies are a lot like children in many ways. They are curious, silly and very playful. Unfortunately for you though, the only games they know how to play include growling, barking and biting. Since they were born, the only types of games they played with their siblings were chasing and play fighting.
So when they get excited and really want to play with you, they are bound to remember the games they had with the other puppies and “show” them to you by biting your hands or feet.
Usually the puppies learn that biting hurts and no one will play with them through play time with their siblings. When one of the Border Collie puppies bites another one too hard, the one that has been bitten yelps out and stops playing with the biter. At first the biter might not realize why the fun stopped but after a couple of more games where that happens, he will learn that biting too hard will end the game so they stop.
If however the puppy is taken away from his siblings too early, he won’t have a chance to learn this. Unfortunately for your hands, this means that he will keep biting while playing games. Luckily though, there are many ways to train your Border Collie puppy to stop biting.
There are several methods that you can use to stop a Border Collie from biting. I’ll go over only a few of them that have worked, for me personally or for someone I know. You can combine a few of these training tips for better results.
If you want to learn how to cure even some of the worst Border Collie behavior problems and the exact things you need for a happy, healthy and obedient dog, check out the Border Collie Owners Guide.