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Puppies & Mouthing (Part 2) by PCE Trainer Jean Marcellus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Adam   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 22:16

In addition to being normal, natural behaviour, puppy "play biting" is an important part of helping them develop bite inhibition. Although sometimes painful, such gnawing seldom causes serious harm.  Pups actually receive necessary feedback regarding the force of their bite before they develop strong jaws, which could inflict considerable injury.

The first thing to teach them is: no painful bites.  There are different ways to do this; some dogs will be easy to teach. With others, the bites may be so severe, you may have to seek trainer's help. It's important to let them know when mouthing or biting hurts. Use a low growl, the word “ouch” or a higher pitch like a puppy yelp! The volume will vary according to the pup’s response. In order to stop this unwanted behaviour, you need to discover what works for you.

When the mouthing stops, acknowledge ot with a “good gentle” & reward.  Over the next few months, you'll have many times to practice “gentle”.  As you decrease the mouthing completely, the puppy will learn to be very careful when playing with humans, and see they have really delicate skin.

Alternatively, if you have a pup that doesn’t mouth you, is generally shy or seldom socializes with other dogs or strangers, you may have a problem - as they still haven't learned about the power of their jaws. The first time they're frightened or hurt (say when someone steps on their tail by accident) it may result in a very bad bite.  With that in mind, it's very important they be socialized - aka "Learn to Play Well with others" (both canine & humans) before they're 4-&-a-half months old.  Puppy School lessons are invaluable!  Pet Country Estate has a variety to choose from.  Click here for de-tails.

Until next time: "May you be successful in controlling Puppy Mouthing quickly. smileyJean

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 22:59

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