Ouch! Resolving Puppy Biting

Do you love puppies, but not their sharp little teeth? Do you find yourself getting bitten over and over? Have popular solutions such as “yelping” like another puppy failed you? In this Session, Irith will discuss creative strategies for dealing with puppies that approach people “teeth first.” Topics addressed will include proactive measures you can take to reduce biting, training games that teach puppies to keep their teeth to themselves, and emergency measures for times when a puppy simply does not seem to be able to stop biting.

Whether you are dealing with a young puppy going through the “it fits in my mouth so I must put it there” phase, or an adolescent that never learned to keep his teeth to himself in the first place, the techniques presented in this Session will help you find the right approach to address puppy biting.

Irith Bloom

Irith Bloom, KPA CTP, CPDT-KSA, CDBC, CBATI, VSPDT, has been training animals since the 1980s, and has worked with everything from chickens and rabbits to dogs and horses—not to mention humans. A biologist by training, Irith continues to be fascinated by the science of learning, and loves taking part in conferences and seminars.

Irith has presented at a variety of conferences, including ClickerExpo and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Annual Conference, and has given webinars for the APDT and the Society for Veterinary Behavior Consultants. She has also written numerous articles for ClickerTraining.com, and has been published in The APDT Chronicle of the Dog and Everydog. Irith is a member of the Steering Committee of the Los Angeles County 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Coalition, a One Health Initiative focused on improving the health and well-being of pets and their people. She also volunteers with National English Shepherd Rescue.

Irith is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog, a pet training company based in Los Angeles, California, that specializes in private training and behavior consulting. She shares her home with a rescued English shepherd named Franklin and her husband Aaron (not a rescue).