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No Mouthing /Biting Continued...
On the previous page I discussed how to teach your puppy bite inhibition and how to moderate mouthing strength. In other words, you do welcome some mouthing as approved way of showing affection from your dog.
On this page we go to a strict "No Mouth on Humans" policy. For some of you it will be because you do not like to get licked and dog spittle on you, or you want your dog to be calmly interacting all of the time, rather than allowing some exuberance and enthusiasm. It is generally recommended to not allow your pup to do so when you have younger children that may tease or provoke the pup [in which case you need to work with pup and kids simultaneously] or that are too young to tell a pup off. A total "mouth off" policy is also recommended when your dog is of a larger breed version or of a breed that is known to be more dominant or slightly sharper or more aggressive by nature. In the later cases, it is of utmost importance that there is a clear line of command in your pack, and your dog or pup has no doubt about who the pack leaders are in your family!
Start teaching the correct behavior right from the beginning! Be consistent!
provide your puppy with chew toys, chew things (could be an approved
chew toy, a rawhide or cow hoof, a pig ear or a raw bone)
• From the very start encourage your puppy to leave your fingers and clothes alone
• If your puppy mouths you then redirect them calmly onto something else
If they continue to mouth you, place them calmly on the floor and
give a little yelp or "arckkkk" noise to let them know that their sharp
teeth can hurt and move away
If they continue to mouth you or your clothes, take them calmly
and quietly and place them into timeout for a minute or so.
is that simple. Take it from me, this is a far easier approach that
works very well with poodles, both on young puppies, as well as
rambunctious older puppies or enthusiastic adults. I adopted this
approach from Doggy Dan’s video website: The Online Dog Trainerwhich is such a straight forward approach to training puppies. If you
want to check out the site which includes a video and special training
section on mouthing for $1 on a 3 Day Trial then CLICK HERE!
A few things to remember...
1. First, when your puppy is only 8-10 weeks old, you should always give them several chances if they do accidentally mouth you. It's really around the 4-5 month old mark that you must no longer tolerate any mouthing at all...
2. Also when you call your puppy to you, make sure that you have something in your hand to put in their mouth. If you don't, you are setting them up to fail. Humans give affection through our hands but puppies and dogs tend to use their mouths more so they need something to mouth when you are cuddling them!
3. The last tip is simply this, when your puppy starts to mouth you and ignores your chew toy, stay calm and place them on the floor. Do not start beating your chest saying “No!” or “No Bite” in your most superior
voice. (Another very old school training technique that I have been guilty off myself. I do agree with Dan - that keeping a calm energy including a low voice keeps your puppy calmer too). This will only get them more excited... that's the last thing you need!
Understanding your puppies is the key to developing an amazing relationship with them. When you're able to see things through their
eyes you'll start to see how your actions make them feel. Doggy Dan’s video website with over 250 videos is absolutely fantastic
for helping you see things from your puppies' point of view. He even has a weekly video series, of how he raised his puppy Moses, from 8 weeks to 1 year of age. If you're serious about helping your puppy in a kind and gentle way that will lead to an amazing relationship over time, then click here to have a look. Remember, Doggy Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 full days to explore!