Puppy Mouthing: Why do they do it?
If you’re a dog owner, you all may experience one common situation in your life with your puppy. This is ‘puppy biting’. Most dog owners are struggling with this condition. You may wonder why your puppy bites you? How to stop puppy biting? In this article, we will sort out this issue.
Your puppy bites you when they are teething. They usually start teething at the age of 3-4 months. They require almost 7 months for a full set of grown-up teeth. So, they will bite eventually between 3 to 7 months without some exception. Because teething gives irritation in their jaws and for this reason, they are more likely to ‘chew’ on things to relieve discomfort. But owners worried when the ‘puppy biting’ accompanied by growling and tugging. Your puppy may also bite you during playing. Because it’s a natural phenomenon for puppies to bite one another while playing. So, when they are at home, they did the same thing to you. To him, it’s like a part of their play.
Some dog owners say that Labradors are bite more than some other dog breeds during their stage of development. Also, Retrievers can mouth more when they are puppies. You may be surprised to see them to bite you because they are widely known as a gentle breed. Most of the time these bites are really painful.
How to Stop Puppy Biting?
To stop puppy biting, you have to teach your puppy the consequences. For this, you can do the following things:
The bite inhibition process includes training your puppy in a way that they don’t bite too hard to give you pain. When your puppy learns about bite inhibition, he won’t bite you with great force. Generally, puppies nip each other during their playtime. If they bite their mother hard, mum usually makes a loud yelp sound to warn the puppy. During training, you also can produce high pitch ‘ouch!’ sound to warn the puppy that it hurts. This will help your puppy understand that they have hurt you. Over repeated practice, your puppy will learn that they are hurting you with their bites and stop.
Socialization with Other Dogs
You can start your puppy socialization training between 3 to 14 weeks of age. With proper training, your puppy will learn to behave pleasantly. Enrolling your puppy in a socialization class will increase their connection with new friends and socialize with different environments. Studies show that early socialized puppies lead an enjoyable life during their adulthood. This training increases their tolerance level and makes bite inhibition training much easier. During this training, trainers will train them not to bite others.
Use a Clicker
Bite inhibition process with clicker includes a “click sound” that helps to identify the good behaviours of your puppy consistently. The clicker sound will help your puppy to identify what is right and what is wrong. At first, you need to put your hand in front of his mouth, if he doesn’t bite, produce a click sound and give him a treat. And if they bite, don’t produce a click sound. This will help your puppy to know if his activity is right or wrong. This is a quick way to teach your puppy to stop biting.
Training a puppy isn’t all fun and games! It takes a lot of hard work and patience from the trainer. But whenever your puppy learns to stop biting, this will make you the happiest person in the world. Remember not to use any harsh words and don’t make the training fearful for your puppy. Reward them when they make a positive response!