Puppy Nipping: Dogs spend a great deal of time playing, chewing and investigating objects. They also enjoy playing with people, of course. Puppies chew on our fingers and toes, and they investigate people’s bodies with their mouths and teeth. This kind of behavior may seem cute when your dog is seven weeks old, but it’s not so endearing when he’s two or three years old—and much bigger!
It’s important to help your dog learn to curb his mouthy behavior. There are various ways to teach this lesson, some better than others. The ultimate goal is to train your dog to stop mouthing and biting people altogether. However, the first and most important objective is to teach him that people have very sensitive skin, so he must be very gentle when using his mouth during play.
Dog Biting: Dogs bite for a number of different reasons most of the time a dog bites out of a defense mechanism. Other words if you grab your dog’s collar and your dog finds this aversive it may buy or nip out of a defense mechanism. In other cases dogs bite out of soft temperaments or insecurities.
Solution: When it comes to working on puppy biting we recommend a puppy preschool class. In the puppy preschool class biting is something that we focus on using positive reinforcement and teaching the puppy an alternative way to communicate. If the biting is the only thing that you are needing assistance we recommend doing one private one-on-one private session to focus on the issue. If you have an adult dog and you’re struggling with biting I would recommend starting off with a one-on-one private session the focus on the issue and to determine if more private sessions are needed.
Call Jason at 541-608-2857 Email: JasonLake@charter.net.