Why does my dog bite my feet? Know why

If your dog has been biting your feet, you’re probably wondering why he’s decided to always have a taste of your feet? What are your thoughts about this behavior - you think it's normal?

These are some of the questions I always receive from dog owners. Luckily, this post provides the best answers to all the questions above.

So, why does my dog bite my feet? Your dog will likely bite your feet if he's seeking your attention; if he is experiencing teeth eruption (teething); if he's exploring his new environment; if he is super excited; if he is young or he has a puppy mentality.

Having a dog that bites your leg is not proper and you should find a way to stop him from exhibiting this attitude. However, this article has all the steps you must take.

Therefore, you must read every aspect of this article with the mindset to help your dog get better.

We've had so much for the introduction, let's get down to business!

Why does my dog bite my feet/toes and how to stop it?

There are some reasons why your dog sometimes decides to bite your feet. These reasons are revealed below:

1. He is seeking your attention

We, as humans, love to call people's attention to our direction especially if we are doing excellently well in our respective careers.

Just like humans, dogs also want to be noticed by their owners. Hence, they often deploy the feet biting behavior as a way to achieve their target.

 In a nutshell, one of the reasons why your dog sometimes or always chooses to bite your feet and toe is because he wants to gain your maximum attention. Attention-seeking dogs are liable to bite the owner's feet until they get what they wanted.

* Preventive measures

You should endeavor to create time for your dog if you must stop him from biting your feet or toes due to this reason.

Petting him, playing with him, and engaging him in roadwork or exercise will go a long way in helping him dump this action.

Meanwhile, instead of giving him the attention he wants all the time, you can equally decide to step out of his sight for some minutes. It means you are telling him that his action is completely unacceptable.

Please, don't smack his nose. Don't yell at him as soon as he bites your feet.

This is because he might misinterpret your action for praise — you know dogs can be very funny sometimes!

2. Teething

puppy chewing on a person's foot

Teething [1] means your puppy is experiencing teeth eruption which could last for some days. During this period your puppy is prone to chew your feet as part of his desire to test his newly erupted teeth.

* Preventive measures

Knowing well that your puppy is testing his newly erupted teeth, you should endeavor to give him some edible substances to chew.

You can add rawhide and Kong to his treats to enhance its chewing potentials.

However, you should be ready to keep a close watch on what your puppy chew as he could be tempted to consume unhealthy substances — you know how vulnerable a teething puppy could be right?

You can equally prevent your puppy from biting your feet by showing him a lovely and attractive toy as soon as you see him aiming at your toes. The toy will distract him from biting your feet by capturing his mind.

3. If your dog has a puppy mentality

Your dog will aim to bite and nip at your feet if it is not trained to dump or ignore its puppy mentality at the early stages of his life. The thought that he is still a puppy will surely force him to bite your feet.

* Preventive measures

Your dog will continue to behave like a teething puppy exhibiting this biting behavior until it is trained to behave as a mature pooch. Training your dog to behave mature includes stopping him from biting your feet.

4. If he is used to your unintentional praise

Most dog owners praise their dog for biting their feet without knowing it. Just as mentioned earlier, smacking your dog's nose after biting your feet are mostly translated as praise by dogs.

Your dog will bite your feet regularly if you didn't desist from this action. The more you unknowingly shower encomium on your dog after exhibiting his biting prowess, the more you're bound to suffer the same fate from your dog. Please take note!

* Preventive measures

You're advised to be very careful with the way you react whenever your dog displays his biting skill on your feet. Don't be too quick to pet or yell because they could be misinterpreted by your ignorant dog.

5. Excitement

This is another reason why your dog feels like biting your feet. Having had a very fun-filled time with you, he could be displaying his excitement by biting your feet.

* Preventive measures

The best way to stop your dog from biting your feet as a result of over excitement is by putting an end to things that excite him. You should stop playing with him or taking him out for a while to see if he will stop the feet-biting attitude.

6. Exploring his new world

This reason is attributed to young puppies that are just getting to know their environment. If your pooch is very young and it's just getting to know you as his owner, he could bite your feet while trying to know your body smell.

* Preventive measures

I'm afraid there might be no better preventive measures for this reason because there is a need for your new and young puppy to detect the odor that comes out of your body in order to get used to his owner.

Luckily, bites that are caused by this reason won't be dangerous or painful because your puppy is too young to be engaged in aggressive biting.

What are the best ways to react if my dog bites or chews my feet?

Though dog bite can be annoying, your reaction to the unhealthy action displayed by your canine companion shouldn't bring out the beast in you.

I'm sure you don't want to injure your dog as a result of your anger — do you? So, you should take your time to discover the following facts about your dog:

1. The specific reason why he bites your feet 

Your dog must have bitten you for so many reasons. Hence, you are expected to find the specific reason for his action rather than jumping into an inaccurate conclusion. This will enhance your chances of curbing this action in no time.

2. When did he develop his biting habit?

This is another fact you must know about your dog in order to determine what your next action would be. You should endeavor to recall his first bite so that you can detect what is wrong with your dog and how to treat it immediately. 

3. The age of your dog

You must know the age of your dog which will provide you with a perfect clue on the reason behind his action.

A young puppy is likely to bite your feet due to his teething experience, while the old dog could bite you because you haven't trained him to know that biting your feet isn't good.

4. The gravity of the bite

The gravity or intensity of the bite is another thing you must discover. You will know whether your dog is aggressive or playful through the manner with which he bites you.

I will advise you to visit a vet doctor or a dog behaviorist if your dog bites your feet aggressively. Either of these two professionals will be able to help you detect and cure what's wrong with your dog. 

5. Timing of the bite

You must also try to determine the timing of the bite. You should be able to know the exact time and location of the bite as that will determine your next reaction.

If he bites your feet when you ought to be having a playing session with him, this means he is only trying to remind you of his normal routine.

How to stop my dog from biting my feet?

Though I have already discussed most of the ways you can stop your dog from biting your feet, I believe there is a need to add more to the aforementioned ones. The added methods include the following:

1. Do not applaud him for biting your feet. Instead, praise him by positive reinforcement when he fully gets rid of his feet-biting attitude.

2. Consistently train your dog not to bite your feet: You must remain committed in your desire to see your dog overcome this unhealthy attitude.

You must be very consistent in rewarding him whenever he shows any sign of improvement because that will motivate him to get better.

You must know that training your dog simply means carrying out all the discussed preventive measures above.

3. Consult your vet doctor: It is very expedient you consult the attention of your dog should your dog continue to bite your feet from time to time.

 Irrespective of how aggressive or how often your dog bites your feet, getting help from your vet or dog behaviorist is the best option.

Closing words...

There is no better feeling than having a dog that you can see as a harmless companion. Though many people believe that it is a normal thing, the fact remains that it makes your dog more scary and unpredictable.

You must try everything possible to stop him from biting your feet. Meanwhile, keep your dog healthy and safe from dangerous predators.

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