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July 30, 2015

Some Advice on Biting and Mouthing

Expect puppies to pounce on you, mouth you and grab your clothes-that is how puppies play.

Here's the news you must break to the puppy:  PEOPLE ARE NOT PUPPIES!

YOU MUST NOT ACT LIKE A PUPPY WHEN YOU PLAY!

The surest way to encourage mouthing and biting is to get down on all fours and act like a dog, growling and wrestling…If you encourage rough play one minute and get angry the next, the puppy will understandably be confused.

Puppies learn bite inhibition(to be careful with the amount of pressure that they use) during play. If they bite too hard, their friends won't want to play or could become angry.

There is a direct correlation between vigorous biting as a puppy and lack of aggressions as an adult-WHY?  FEEDBACK!  Puppies who bite learn bite inhibition; their owners and OTHER FAMILY PETS are forced to deal with the problem.  Biting puppies learn to be careful with their teeth.