The “Stop Your Dog Biting Using The OFF Command” is a dog training exercise taken from the Dog Training Planner.

The good news is that you won’t need to punish your dog for biting (e.g. by putting him in a crate). Your puppy is likely to nip or bite because they’re teething. It is important to remember not to punish them for this behaviour as this can make the problem worse. Remember to give your dog appropriate teething toys and always use positive reinforcement when training your puppy.


The 4 Steps

If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see that I’ve written out all the steps from the video for you. I know. I know. I really am that nice (lol).

Videos are great if you’re a visual learner!

Most people learn dog training drills best by first watching a video tutorial, and then having the written steps available during the training session, so they don’t get confused (Hey, if you want to completely avoid confusion, you might like to get your paws on my Dog Training Planner).

Illustrated Cheat Sheet

I hope you like my illustrated cheat sheet. Feel free to download it for personal use. It includes a painting I created for it (you can see my dog art here).

Stop Biting Using Off Command

One Step At A Time 

Hey, if you don’t want to download and use the illustrated guide above, I’ve also included all the steps below for you. I’ve done you a huge psychological favour by hiding each step (except the first one).

Complete a step before opening the next one.

This one-step-at-a-time philosophy dramatically increases your chances of completing all the steps.

Stop Your Dog Biting Using The OFF Command In 4 Steps

Step 1: Treats

Grab a handful of treats and close your hand into a fist.  

Step 2: Smell

Allow your dog to smell your fist.

Be prepared to outlast your persistent dog as they will try to sniff and lick for several minutes to try to get to the food.  

Step 3: Off Command

Tell your dog, “Off” once and wait until they decide to back up, then immediately reward them.  

Step 4: Repeat

Repeat until your dog responds to the “Off” cue straight away.   

Remember to train your dog in short sessions and repeat them throughout the day.

Don’t expect your dog to understand straight away, training takes time and persistence, so don’t give up! It is also important to remember to give your dog plenty of exercises, engage them in play and have plenty of fun with them. A tired dog is less likely to bite!

Before you go, read on to discover the secret sauce to dog training success...

Loving Leadership

Have a philosophy of loving leadership when training your dog.

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As a loving leader, you should be constantly working on the communication pathways with your dog. At the bare minimum, your dog should also have some basic commands such as the lie-down command, sit command, and stay command.

When your dog knows a few basic dog obedience commands he or she will feel loved because they know what you want and have no anxiety or fear about what they should be doing and when.

Once your dog has a few commands under his or her belt (I mean, collar), practice behaviour dog training, command dog training and tricks dog training regularly to ensure your dog is physically and mentally healthy. As you are probably acutely aware, untrained dogs have a way of taking over the control of a home if not taught otherwise (which can be a nightmare). A trained dog, however, will bring years of doggie love to your household.

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