With their big eyes and irresistibly silky coats, Labradoodles are some of the most coo-worthy creatures on the planet. Who can resist their sweet little faces and eager-to-please personalities? They just want to love you…
…and destroy all of your earthly possessions.
Labradoodle biting is a recognized problem among pet owners. They can be worse than other breeds when it comes to gnawing, ripping, chewing, and ruining things in your home.
In severe cases, your Labradoodle might even bite you or other humans. This can have devastating consequences, so if your pooch has started to develop a biting problem, it’s best to correct it early.
Consider this your comprehensive guide to Labradoodle biting and how to stop it.
Why do Labradoodles bite?
There are a few reasons why your Labradoodle might be channeling their inner Cujo. Since they aren’t an aggressive breed by nature, you’ll need to look for other causes, including:
Labradoodles are a playful bunch, and they need lots of physical and mental stimulation to keep them from getting bored. Is your puppy spending long hours in the kennel? Are they being exercised enough? Have they grown tired of their current toys?
While they’re a fairly independent breed, every Labradoodle is different, and some might have more separation anxiety than others. It can be a particular problem with shelter or rescue dogs who come from bad backgrounds.
It’s normal for puppies to bite. They do it as soon as they start teething, and it generally lasts until their baby teeth fall out and their adult chompers are fully developed. Since it can take six months or more for the Labradoodle breed to get their adult teeth, this can mean a long time spent with a bitey puppy.
This is a common problem in multi-pet households. If they feel threatened by other dogs, they might get aggressive or territorial when it comes to things like food, toys, treats and playtime. They can also pick up this behavior at the dog park even if they are the only pooch at home.
Poor Socialization or Training
Even well-intentioned owners can be guilty of this one. If you’ve always let your Labradoodle get away with biting, they might think that it’s acceptable behavior or that they can wear you down into not caring about it anymore.
Fortunately, you can train them out of this mindset. The trick is knowing what to do.
How do I get my Labradoodle to stop biting?
If you’re tired of seeing little chew marks on your artisan, natural bamboo coffee table, it’s time to get serious about stopping your dog’s biting habit.
The first step is figuring out why they bite in the first place. If they are acting out because of boredom or restlessness, you won’t fix it with anti-anxiety tools. The solution needs to fit the problem.
Once you’ve identified the source of the biting issue, you can try a few different methods to correct it:
- Ceasing play every time they bite
- Buying bones and chew toys designed specifically for biters
- Shortening their leash when they try to bite other dogs
- Redirecting their attention whenever they bite
- Gently spraying them with a water bottle
- Reinforcing good, non-biting behavior with praise and treats
You might have to experiment with various methods until you find the ones that work for you.
You might also have to call on the heavens for patience. Bad habits can take weeks to fix, and if you give up after a few days just because your dog isn’t instantly transformed, you might regret it later!
Just remember that your methods need to be appropriate for your specific Labradoodle. For example, if their biting is coming from a place of anxiety, the water bottle trick might just make them more anxious. You have to figure out the unique needs of your unique pooch.
These are just a few tips and tricks for curbing a biting problem in your Labradoodle. If you have any other suggestions, we’d be happy to hear them!