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Biting Issues with Dogs

Biting Issues with Dogs

Black puppy bites a man's hand isolated on white background While there are a variety of techniques to teach bite inhibition, one strategy is to emit a loud, high pitched "OUCH!" when your puppy mouths you too hard, then completely withdraw your attention for 30 seconds. This must be done every time your puppy bites too hard. Puppies normally learn how to control their bites from their mothers and siblings.

Given that puppies are often adopted out by eight weeks of age, they don’t have the opportunity to learn from their canine family. Thus, it’s up to you to teach your puppy these skills. If your puppy continues to disregard your attention withdrawal every time he bites, ask yourself how much exercise your puppy received that day? If you’re the only chew toy in town and your puppy is insufficiently exercised, then you’ll end up being the brunt of his or her seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm for social interaction "doggie style."

Remember that practicing bite inhibition teaches your puppy that he or she is not allowed to put pressure on people or clothing. However, your pet still needs to chew, so you will need to provide proper chew toys to exercise the jaws. This is especially important when puppies are teething.

 

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Dr. Borns-Weil says...

Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Borns-Weil, DVM, DACVB

Board-Certified Animal Behaviorist

Remember that practicing bite inhibition teaches your puppy that he or she is not allowed to put pressure on people or clothing.