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.

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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 train 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.

Using chew toys and treats

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.

You would then introduce the chew toy as something acceptable to chew on. You can also use treats or bully sticks. Typically the treats would be used as a reward for good behavior.

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Obedience training is highly recommended as it has excellent results. We recommended starting with a free training guide to get comfortable before upgrading to the full course. It addresses all types of pit bull aggression as well as leash and potty training, tricks and how to increase your pit bull’s lifespan with a nutritious diet.

How to Stop your Adult Pit bull Biting

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.

Pit bull obedience training is strongly recommended at this point. Start with this free course download before purchasing the full course.

Several 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.

Establish yourself in the alpha position. 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.

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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. If you bite me or anyone, you go in timeout. If you use the chew toy properly and stop biting me and other humans, you get a treat.

Crate training can be very effective in enforcing timeout. has several free training courses you can customize for your pit bull.