When you bring a puppy home, more often they will spend most of their time playing and chewing on objects. A normal activity for a puppy involves their mouths and their sharp teeth. When you play with your puppy, your puppy often bit, chew and mouth on your hands and clothing.
What is the most common thing people do when they play with their puppy?
Millions of puppies are being taught by their owners to gently mouth their fingers and hands.
I myself was guilty of that! Without knowing, we are guilty of contributing to their bad behavior by training our puppies to do something we do not want them to do later on!
But that’s how it’s always been taught. You teach your puppy to mouth gently, then you start telling them they are doing it too hard and then you teach them not to do it anymore.
So, now your puppy is confused?
You’re not alone, most people were taught to do this and so was I.
The important thing is we must mean what we start as we go on! It’s only sensible if you want to help your puppy. Even your dog will appreciate that the rules do not change as they grow up and they will be happier.
Simple Steps You Can Apply
Always provide your puppy with chew toys or any safe items he can be allowed to chew (maybe a piece of wood)
From the start encourage your puppy to leave your fingers and clothes alone
If your puppy mouths you then calmly redirect them onto something else
If they continue to mouth you then calmly place them on the floor, give a little yelp noise to let them know their sharp teeth can hurt and then move away
If they continue to mouth you then calmly and quietly place them into time out for a minute or so.
Sounds simple? This is the straight forward approach Doggy Dan shows you in the video website The Online Dog Trainer for training puppies. Included in this training is a video and section on mouthing.
Now there are some things you need to remember:
- First, say your puppy is 8 weeks old, always give him several chances if they accidently mouth you. Once they’re five months old, then there is no need to tolerate any mouthing
- When you call your puppy to you, make sure you have something in your hand to put in their mouth. You’ll set yourself to failure if you don’t do this. Humans give affection through our hands but puppies and dogs tend to use their mouths, so they need something to mouth when they are being cuddled.
- And finally, when your puppy starts to mouth you ignoring your chew toy, stay calm and place them on the floor. Do not start beating your chest saying “No!” “No Bite” in a superior voice. (A very old school dog training technique). You may get them more excited…you do not want to do this!
The key here is to understand your puppy to develop a happier and healthier relationship with them. When you are able to see things through their eyes then you will start to see how your actions make them feel.
Doggy Dan’s method of training is fantastic with over 250 videos for helping people to see things from a puppies point of view. He even provides weekly videos of how he raised his puppy, Moses, from 8 weeks of age, called “Project Moses”. Remember, make it a positive experience for your puppy.
If you are serious about helping your puppy, using the gentle method that will lead to a happy relationship between you and your pup, then you need to visit Doggy Dan’s Online Training, giving you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days!
Happy puppy training!
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