There is one huge, glaring mistake that many puppy owners make when it comes to mouthing, puppy chewing and biting. Can you guess what it is?
After going through this article, you probably won’t look at puppy training advice you receive from friends and family the same way again. What I want you to try and do here, is to take a second and look at the problem through the eye’s of your puppy. This is where things will start to make sense and you’ll be able to understand their actions much easier.
Take a moment and think about it…
Millions of puppies around the world are being taught right now by their owners to gently mouth and nibble on their fingers and hands. We are playing with our dogs, putting our fingers in their mouth and letting them nibble.
So we are teaching our puppies to do something now that we don’t want them to do later on!
How confusing for your dog!
It is quite strange that is the standard way that it is taught. First we teach our puppies to gently bite our fingers and hands, then we start telling them they are doing it too hard. Finally, we teach them not to do it at all anymore, and if they do bite us it is one of the worst thing’s they could possibly do!
Are you confused? Sound a little complicated? That’s because it is!
Don’t feel bad if you did the same thing to your puppy, like I said most people are taught to do this, even I was when I first started dog training. But there is a much easier way, here it is…
The big difference is that we have to teach puppies early what we want them to do later on. Doesn’t that just make sense? Your dog will appreciate the simplicity as it grows older as well.
Here are the steps to follow, in a simplified fashion:
- Make sure to always provide your puppy with some type of chew toys, or things to chew on
- From the beginning, teach your puppy to leave your fingers and clothes alone
- If your puppy begin to chew or bite you, gently redirect them onto something else, like a chew toy
- If they continue to chew or bite you, place them gently on the floor and make a little “yelp” noise to help them understand their teeth are sharp and can cause pain, then move away from them
- If your puppy continues to mouth you or anything on your person, calmly place them in timeout for a minute or two.
Doesn’t that seem simple? Trust me, this is a way easier way to do things. I adopted this approach from Doggy Dan’s video series, The Online Dog Trainer, which is where I learned many of the techniques I teach. They have straight forward approaches like this to many problems puppy and adult dog owners face.
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Now, there are a couple of things to remember when using this approach:
- When your puppy is very young, around 8 weeks old, make sure to give them several chances to stop mouthing you before taking any additional measures. At the 5 month mark, you should start to get more serious and not tolerate mouthing in any form or fashion.
- Another tip that many puppy owners don’t think about: When you call your puppy towards you, make sure you have something to give them to put in their mouth. We give affection using our hands, while puppies and dogs tend to use their mouths for this! So they would love to have something to chew on while you are cuddling with them.
- My final tip is when your puppy starts to mouth you and is ignoring your chew toy, stay calm and place them on the floor. Ignore the urge to get angry and loud with your puppy while shouting “NO”, this is an old training technique that simply does not work. Your puppy will get more excited and riled up!
Seeing life through the eyes of your pup is the key to developing an amazing and real connection with them. When you understand your puppies motivations and why they do what they do, you’ll see how your actions really make them feel.
Doggy Dan’s website with over 250 videos is incredible and will help you see things through the eyes of a puppy. He even has weekly videos where he shows how he raised his own pup, Moses, from 8 weeks of age!
If you’re serious about helping your puppy in a kind and gentle way that will nurture an amazing relationship between the two of you, then click here to take a look at the website.
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Have a great day and I hope to see you around our site in the future!
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