Do: Avoid removing the puppy from too early from his mamma and litter. Puppies learn what kind of social behavior is through interactions with its litter mates. While many states have laws requiring pups to be at least eight weeks old before they’re sold or given away, they really should stay with their mother until they’re 12 weeks old..
Do: Offer your puppy a chew toy designed specifically for teething pups, or a wash cloth that has been soaked in chicken broth and frozen, if he is biting because of teething. Since teething usually occurs in very young puppies, chew toy and/or washcloth will help teach the puppy acceptable objects to bite. But please make sure you monitor your puppy; don’t leave him alone while he’s playing with his chew toys.
Do: Hand feed your puppy! No – NOT from the table…but feed his food and treats to him by hand. When children or adults come to visit, as long as they are comfortable with dogs, ask them to feed him food and treats by hand as well. He will begin by nipping or grabbing the food and inadvertently biting your fingers at first, but just be firm, remove the item, say “No!” and then re-offer the item, until he gently takes it from your hand. It won’t always happen, or happen immediately, but that’s okay – it’s all part of his training!
Do: Find a baby rattle that makes an awful sound. While playing or feeding your puppy, if he bits, shake the rattle to distract him, and again say “No!” When he walks away, give him verbal praise and a treat as a reward.