Why does my puppy bite my wife but not me? A Comprehensive Guide

Your puppy was taken from his family too soon

It sounds strange, but sometimes, puppies bite because they were removed from their mothers too early.

See, those early weeks with mom and littermates help teach your pup vital socialization skills. During playtime with his siblings, your puppy also learns bite inhibition.

Basically, it means he learns how hard he can bite his siblings before they yelp in pain. That yelp is his cue to back off.

If he never had an opportunity to learn just how much his littermates can take, then he has to learn it through playtime with you.

If your dog tends to bite you more often than your husband or other family members, then it’s likely that he’s already figured out how much they’re willing to take. Now you have to teach him just how much biting you find acceptable. Does that make sense?

Your dog thinks you’re playing

This goes back to bite inhibition, but it’s worth mentioning as its own reason. My friend had a German Shepherd that used to bite her like crazy during playtime. It had nothing to do with aggression or anything, it was just how Tasha played.

Once again, redirection worked really well. Instead of using her hands during playtime, my friend engaged Tasha in a fun round of tug-of-war, fetch, or another game using toys in place of her hands.

Fido doesn’t like feeling trapped

Some dogs love hugs and cuddles. Others, not so much. If your dog bites you when you’re snuggling, it could be a sign that she just isn’t enjoying your idea of play.

While technically this can be construed as aggressive behavior, chances are Fido gave you plenty of warning signs that he was feeling trapped before he resorted to snapping.

Learn your dog’s body language and respect his boundaries. For example, if he always growls and bites you when you wrestle, he’s trying to tell you that he’s just not that into it. Find another game to play together. It’s really as simple as that!

Just like humans with anxiety tend to get a bit snappish, so do dogs. If you notice that Fido bites you more often during a thunderstorm or when your neighbors are setting off fireworks, chances are pretty good that he’s doing it out of anxiety.

Here are some signs that tell you that your dog is worried or anxious:

  • Yawning
  • Tongue-flicking
  • Lifting his front leg
  • Having accidents and urinating in strange places
  • Drooping head or body
  • Looking away (especially paired with tongue-flicking)
  • The reasons mentioned above may not be the only reasons that your dog likes biting you and not your husband, but they are the most likely culprits.

    Regardless of the reason, it’s important to nip the nipping in the bud before your puppy grows into an adult dog with very big adult teeth (although sharp little puppy teeth are bad enough, right?)!

    Why Does My Dog Bite Me And Not My Husband

    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.