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Puppies are mostly delightful, but sometimes they can be a little frustrating. One of the most annoying and painful problems new owners face is often the dreaded play bites. Dogs love to roughhouse and wrestle, and part of that involves playful nips and snaps. Unfortunately, puppies aren't born knowing how to control their bite strength when playing. For their owners, this often means a lot of painful chomps. This is a very common problem when raising a puppy, and there are plenty of easy ways to teach your puppy to stop biting and be more polite.

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1. Play nice, even when your puppy doesn't

Old-school methods of dog training often relied heavily on physical punishment, and it can be tempting to lash out when your puppy gives you a particularly painful bite. Remember, though, that your puppy is still learning about the world and doesn't know any better yet. Avoid using violence or intimidation to scare your puppy out of biting. Using gentler techniques helps establish a stronger bond with your puppy and helps set your pup up for success.

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