How to Stop a Pit Bull from Biting (puppy and adult)


If your pit bull is biting we need to ascertain whether this is playful or aggressive behavior. If it is due to aggression, they can become very dangerous to everyone they encounter, especially your family. It’s best to remedy the behavior as soon as it starts, but it can be corrected on more mature pit bulls.

How to Stop Pit bull Puppy Biting

Pit bull training is possible at any age, but the best time to stop your dog’s aggression is when your pit bull is still a puppy. A pit bull puppy under six months of age is very easy to retrain because they are still in the shaping years of its life. You can’t put much blame on your pit bull biting when they are puppies. After all, it is an innate behavior.

The difficulty people have with their pit bull puppy biting is, many people assume their puppy is playing or teething and not really trying to hurt them. Your pit bull puppy may be doing that but it is also learning how to establish its dominance, using its teeth to demonstrate who is in control. If you want to take advantage of the best time to stop your pit bull biting, this is it. They are small and cute and they may seem like they are playing and they may not hurt yet but this is your best opportunity to avoid a bigger problem in the future.

There are many ways to stop your pit bull puppy from biting. Most of them will imitate how the puppy would be treated with its family and mother. A light assertive touch on the neck is a good way to teach the dog that biting other people is not acceptable. Do not hit or be forceful with your pit bull. The object is not for your dog to feel any pain. It’s just for them to recognize your gesture as a reaction to their biting as being unacceptable. We have recommended guides available as well as our free newsletter series that will go much further in-depth on this and other behavioral topics.

According to Embrace Pet Insurance, attempts to tap, slap or hit your puppy in the face for nipping are almost guaranteed to backfire.

How to Stop your Pit bull Biting at One Year

If a pit bull puppy is allowed establish dominance through biting and nipping, it will continue this behavior at one year of age and beyond. The thing is, now your pit bull is much stronger and powerful and pit bull biting that once was playful may not feel that playful to you and other people anymore. A myriad of factors can contribute to your dog’s aggression. Any occurrence of biting while playing must be stopped immediately.  You must take your pit bull out of this situation and bring them to a completely relaxed state. You then reward this behavior and your pit bull will quickly learn that biting is not something that will be tolerated.

If the behavior continues, give them boundaries around the home. Establish that you run the house, not them. Use pit bull crate training if need be. Showing you are in control to your pit bull can make a world of difference in all aspects of their behavior. A good pit bull obedience training program can be very useful with an older dog that bites.

How to Stop Pit bull Biting as they Age

If your pit bull continues to get away with their biting behavior, eventually it will evolve into a larger issue as an adult. This is how a bad reputation has developed saying that a pit bull may turn on owner, but in reality, if you establish yourself as a pushover, the pit bull will establish himself as the leader.

If your pit bull biting continues after one year of age, take a more serious approach. They must be taken out of the situation immediately. Never physically punish your pit bull or any animal. Pit bulls can endure more pain than the average dog breed and abusing them physically can seriously injure them because it may not appear you are hurting them.  You can try crate training or pit bull obedience training. As your pit bull is older and stronger, your training can not lack discipline in any facet. Gesture to them when their behavior is not acceptable. Refer them to their sitting area or crate if need be to bring them to a completely submissive state. Reward them for their compliance.

Train Your Dog to Stop Biting with Redirection

Redirection plays a key role in stopping your dog from biting. When your dog nips or bites you on the hand it’s important to say “ow” and give the dog a short time out. When you remove him, give him a chew toy to bite on. If he uses the toy to chew on and does not bite you when you pet him, reward him with a treat. Keep reinforcing the cycle. You bite me, you go in timeout. If you use the chew toy properly and stop biting me and other humans, you get a treat.

We hope this brief article helps to stop pit bull biting. For a more comprehensive, in-depth guide to Pit bull Training, sign up for our free newsletter series and we will include a FREE eBook – The Alpha Dog Report ($27 value).