Young puppies, regardless of breed, play with each other using their mouths. While it may seem “cute and harmless” when they’re small, their bites will become more painful and damaging as they get older. If your puppy starts to bite your hands during play, this behavior needs to be discouraged, and other acceptable behavior encouraged. Here’s what we recommend: If your puppy starts to bite, keep your hands, fingers, arms, etc. out of their mouths. Stop playing with them immediately. Instead, give them an appropriate toy (you can even place it directly in their mouth) and walk away. Never allowing them to bite you will help ward off this unwanted and unacceptable behavior.