Springer Spaniel Biting Problem – How to Stop It?

Hi again!

springer spanielI got the following email recently: “We got a virtually 10 week-old Springer Spaniel puppy, named Barry. He has actually been with us five days now. We experienced, that Barry painfully bites during playing. Of course, I understand, to nip is regular for puppies, and he’s just young. The problem is I’m unsure what should be done to end such behavior. He does not appear to note the standard. I know Barry is young, but this behavior makes us mad by now. He would not seem to be listening to the usual “NO.” I don’t know if he grows out of this at all, I need help now. I would like to educate him to cease this problem. How could I do that? Thank you!”
OK, it’s a good question, thank you! And I’d begin the answer with …

What Puppies Use to Do Typically

Puppies spend their days with eating, sleeping, toileting and playing. When playing, they use to run, hop on and chase one another and also initiate play along with their brothers and sisters.

And, besides eating, the puppy uses his or her teeth to bite in playing, too. Your little fur baby learns how to communicate, fight, how far s/he can go and when to give up, in other words, to retreat.

Thus, it is quite natural for them to nip the humans as well. They are inclined to do it more once they turn out to be over excited or overvalued, and likewise, even if they become too tired.

Puppies often will attempt to bite in order to getting attention plus a response, completely similarly they used to call litter-mates to play. This applies to all puppies, including the Springer Spaniel, too.

What a Pup Should Learn in this Relation

Part of this earlier life period in the litter is to learn to bite, and experience how the other reacts to that. This way, the puppy will grasp the ability of regulating the strength of their bite.

Every puppy ought to learn the proper degree of bite inhibition already among their contemporaries. If they have learned properly, when one of them bites the other excessively the fellow will usually yelp.

When the puppy firmly yelp back on the bite did by another, s/he stand up “for itself.”
And of course the offending puppy ought to stop its act, if s/he learned the lesson right.

The others will honor the strength, and the rank established within the pack. And now let’s get back to Barry’s behavior.

Ways to Stop Your Springer Spaniel to Bite

You, being Barry’s owner, have no other job than to stand up for yourself, to show him who is the boss! It doesn’t need a tough hand, but firm education, governance that you should tell him on his language.

In practice, when Barry goes to bite you yelp just like a pup in ache. If Barry has taught bite inhibition, then he should stop it. Right after that you fold your arms, turn your back on him right away and say firm “No”.

The Exclusion Technique

Keep turned away, look in another direction, and ignore him. Stay like that for a while and if Barry ceases and keeps stopped, then you could call him for praise or give a treat, or both.

In case Barry begins his action once again, you reiterate the said process, and ignore him for a longer time period. Keep in mind, you must be more persistent than him.

Withdrawing heed makes him perceive that attention and fun not follows his biting.

If it Doesn’t Work

It may happen that your Springer Spaniel is trying stubbornly. The other method could be that you separate him into a different room for a while. After that you let him out, but ignore your puppy a little more time.

Then call Barry to you and command “Sit” after which praise and reward him for his good behavior. This usually works, repeat it if necessary.

NOTE: Actually you have to choose one approach, and consistently apply it in the first place (provide a good trial). Generally, applying the first variation become sufficient.

However, if you feel you need it, other ways also exists. Let’s see.


For example, you can draw his attention onto a toy Barry can bite and chew on. This is another solution too, once again yelp “No”, get Barry to sit down, and if he obeys, and would not begin biting, then re-direct onto that chew.

NOTE: I’d warn you not to reward him until he shows the desired behavior. If Barry gets the threat or praise earlier than he stops biting, then your effort went waste. He may think you reward a bite.

However, if your family members co-operate with you in the process, your Springer Spaniel will stop biting you.

All the best,

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow is a nature enthusiastic for more than seven decades. He was writing nearly 400 articles, reports so far about how to live with your dogs harmoniously.
Alex Sparrow