A very common puppies issues that complain by new dog owners are BITING , which is also known as mouthing or nipping . In fact, this behaviour is very common on all puppies. If you have a chance to watch how puppies play, you will see lot of chasing , wrestling and also mouthing.
So How To Stop Puppies To Mouth/Biting ?
DURING PLAY TIME :
Bite Inhibition refers to a dog’s ability to control the force of his mouthing so we should teach them how to be gentle when mouthing.
1st method – if you have ever see a puppy bite his playmate too hard during play, the playmate will yelp. The puppy that bite will stops playing as it is taken aback by the yelp and also stops playing for a moment. Through this kind of interaction, puppies learn to control the intensity of their bites so that no one gets hurt and the play can continue without interruption.
So when you play with your puppy, if he bite or mouth too hard, give a high pitched yelp and stop the play. Most cases, it will stop the puppy from mouthing your hand again. If your puppy bites you hard again, yelp again. Repeat these steps no more than three times within a 15-minute period.
2nd method – Time-outs . When your puppy give you a hard bite, yelp loudly then ignore him for a minute. If puppy start to mouth you again, leave your puppy .
3rd method – When puppy give you a hard bite on your hand, substitute a toy .
WHEN NOT IN PLAY
- When patting or stroking the puppy, distract puppy by feeding small treats from your other hand. This will help your puppy get used to being touched without mouthing.
- When you walking, puppy nipping your feet, immediately stop moving your feet. Take out the tug toy and wave it enticingly. When your puppy grabs the toy, start moving again. If you don’t have toy with you at that moment, stop your movement and wait for puppy to stop. Praise when your puppy stop or reward with treat /toys