Have you ever wondered to yourself, “Why does my dog bite me more than my husband?”
Well, the good news is, you are not the only one.
My friends have always asked me whether dogs had the habit of biting women more. Fortunately, that’s not always the case.
There are many factors to consider in pet behavior so it’s important to check out all the possibilities.
In this article, we will talk about the reasons why the dog bites only one person in the family or why do they have biting tendencies at all.
We will also give you tips on how to prevent it in the future.
Why Does My Dog Bite Me and Not My Husband
There are many reasons why your dog bites you and not your husband.
Sometimes, it’s because the puppy is too young to understand that he’s hurting you; and other times, there are psychological factors.
You can try to see if your pet bites you at specific times or only when he’s under a lot of stress.
Here are a few of the reasons why your dog could be biting you and not your husband:
1. The puppy was taken from its family too soon
If a pet bites you, it could be because it was removed from its mother too early.
When a puppy is taken from their mother too soon, it will miss out on learning a lot of essential skills to socialize like biting inhibition and other things it would have learned from its mother dog and littermates.
The pup might need more time to manage and figure things out on their own, shoes and carpet could be a casualty.
2. Your pet is tired or hungry
Another thing you should consider is what your dog is telling you.
Some people say they know when their dog is hungry when they start biting or nibbling non-stop and others when their dog is tired and sleepy.
Observe what time of the day your dog usually does this and use it to your advantage.
Maybe your dog bites you because he thinks you can understand his request.
3. Your dog is teething
Your pet could be biting you because its teeth are growing. It is common for puppies to nibble, nip or bite anything when they’re teething.
They may be more keen on nipping at your soft hands than your husband’s rough ones.
This kind of trait will also depend on the breed you have.
4. Your dog thinks you’re its plaything
Your dog wants to play with you, and it doesn’t know how to do it.
You really can’t read your dog’s mind but being playful with bites if a normal behavior for canines.
You have to enforce a boundary and call them out whenever they bite you.
5. Your dog doesn’t like feeling trapped
Some dogs love cuddling, licking owners or playing around, but some dogs are not comfortable when people stare and face them or reach unto them from above.
Dogs may feel threatened. Some dogs don’t like it when people loom over or touch their heads.
Your dog could be one of them, so make sure you give your dog enough space when necessary.
6. Your dog is anxious
You should also consider that your dog bit you out of anxiety or fear.
In some ways, dogs tend to go on a biting rampage when they are nervous or anxious.
This behavior could be a result of past experiences or trauma.
Here are some signs when a dog is worried or conflicted with interactions:
- It starts to yawn
- It flicks its tongue
- When your dog lifts its front leg
- It accidentally urinates
- It rolls on its back
- It suddenly lowers its head or body
- When it looks or turns its head away
- When it can’t look at a specific person directly
The seven reasons mentioned above may not be the only reasons that your dog likes biting you and not your husband.
You may elicit a certain smell or feel that your pet can’t resist. Aside from that, your dog may be one of the breeds that are least affectionate.
Either way, if the rough play is too much, you can do steps to make him stop biting you.
How to Make Your Dog Stop Biting You
There are solutions, regardless of the reasons why your dog acts the way it does.
If you’re still wondering, “why does my dog bite me and not my husband?” and you want to know what you can do to make it stop, here are some solutions you can try:
Feed your pet by yourself
The first thing you should do so that your pet thinks of you as a dependable leader is to feed him alone.
Try to feed your dog on your own so that he knows you are the one responsible for its health.
Don’t let anyone else do it for a week to make sure that you establish your role as his provider.
Correct the dog immediately
Another thing that you should do is sternly and quickly correct your pet every time it attempts to bit you.
Say “No Bite!” in a deep, authoritative voice.
Do not give in to its puppy eyes. Do not reinforce their behavior when they bite you.
Make sure you ignore them and stop playing with them altogether.
Turn your back right away when they are about to come at you. You have to let them know you do not condone to their negative attitude.
Consistency is key to implementing this. Don’t let your puppy get away with it; keep reminding it that this behavior is unacceptable.
Find a substitute
You should consider giving your pet an alternative.
If your dog thinks that your hand or ankle is a toy, then try to substitute it with an actual object.
Try giving your dog a chew toy, and when he tries to bite you again, put the toy in front of their face.
Let them know it is ok to nibble the toy, not your toes or hand.
You need to establish your control over your pet.
Do not place your dog inside their crates as a form of punishment.
Dog crates are supposed to be a den for your dog and should be a safe place for them. Doing so might trigger more biting tendencies.
Attach a dog leash in their neck and let them walk around with it. When your dog tries to attack you again, use that leash to pull it away from you.
Once your dog starts to get the idea of ‘No biting,’ reward it with its favorite dog treats and praise it.
If you have no time to train, get a dog trainer so they will start learning as early as possible.
It is pretty standard when a puppy bites only one owner, not the other, and it can get pretty devastating if you are the constant target.
It might make you question if your puppy loves you.
Although people can never read a dog’s mind or know how they genuinely feel, it is crucial to stay alert and observe further behaviors of your pet dog.
Biting could be a signal that your dog wants you to know something. It could also be an illness that needs fixing.
A proper discipline method is advised but never punish your dog to the extent that it fears you.
Find the right balance of how to show authority while still making Fido feel safe around you.