Why Does My Puppy Attack My Face?

It’s completely normal for your puppy to attack your face. At a very young age, puppies are exploring the world around them. They learn what they’re capable of and what happens when they do something. Lunging, biting, scratching, nipping, and snapping are all part of growing up for a puppy.

Puppy Biting Your Face

Puppies have funny ways of showing love. In our experience, we found that puppies who get lots of kisses are eager to return those kisses. If you show your puppy love by kissing it on its snout or face, he may want to do the same for you. The problem is that puppies are very excitable and they need to reach all the way up to your face to kiss you.

If he has to jump to kiss you, he may not have total control of how he plants his kisses. He may end up snapping at your nose, ears, or cheeks.

Puppy Lunging

All puppies are full of energy. That’s why it’s called zoomies. When a puppy wants to get praise or attention, he may not ask for it nicely. Puppies that haven’t learned boundaries will lunge at anyone they think will give them pets or cuddles. They aren’t really thinking about their lunging as attacking you or your face.

What To do if your puppy won’t stop

If your puppy won’t stop attacking your face, nose, and ears, you’ll have to wait for the biting phase to come to an end. It is possible to train it out of them. You have to understand that your puppy needs time to learn. Make it obvious to him that you don’t approve of this behavior.

You can do this by giving him a loud and clear “No!”. If your puppy loves attention, then he might think it’s turning into a game. In which case, you should ignore him when he attacks your face. To a puppy, being ignored is worse than being disciplined. This way, you aren’t accidentally reinforcing his lunging, biting, and snapping.

When Do Puppies Get Out Of The Biting Stage

The answer depends on your dog. It will take as long as it takes. Your dog is pushing the boundaries of what he can do and what he is allowed to do. If you’re looking to move past the biting stage as quickly as possible, then it’s your duty to nurture the learning process.

If he is biting, he may be trying out his new set of teeth, so find a stick or a chew toy made for aggressive chewing that he can use. If he is jumping and lunging a lot, take him to a park to run around so he can burn the excess energy. Getting a dog to stop jumping on your or your guests is much harder to train. It takes a lot of work but it is doable.

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Peter Newman

Peter Newman is the owner and editor for Puppy Leader. He has two dogs and loves to train them daily. Every day, Peter takes his dogs to the park and lets them run around and play together. He also trains them each day with different commands and tricks.