Puppy biting can be tough!
You’ve recently welcomed this adorable puppy into your home and heart. Now it has turned into a furry, four legged, shark!
How can something so cute, hurt so bad! This often leaves new puppy owners feeling helpless and unsure what to do.
It is completely normal for puppies to bite.
Puppies bite for a number of reasons, including: over excitement, play, exploring, teething and tiredness.
Much like a young child, puppies are learning all about the world around them. The best way to do this for puppies is through their mouths! This is one of the most effective ways for puppies to explore their world.
Teething can be a painful process for most puppies, which often results in heavy mouthing and chewing to relieve pain. Teething puppies can last from 3 weeks up until 8 months of age depending on the individual dog.
Mouthing and biting is also a natural process involved in puppy play. However sometimes due to high levels of excitement your puppies brain can fall out, and their bite inhibition (how hard they bite) can become lost.
Your puppy’s bite inhibition can also become lost from over tiredness. When your puppy is overtired, using their brain can become quite challenging!
To reduce puppy biting you should:
With the right management you can reduce the amount your puppy bites. But this will not fully get rid of the biting behaviour.
So what should you do to stop your puppy biting, when they are sinking their needle teeth into your skin.
Puppy mouthing is very normal and can be a healthy way for puppies to initiate play (when the mouthing is appropriate).
In situations where your puppy is trying to initiate play, redirecting them to a more appropriate item can be useful. This will show your puppy that there are more beneficial objects to mouth on, that present much better outcomes. Such as: a tasty chew or fun game with their human!
Puppies are experimenting with behaviour and trying to work out what behaviours result in good outcomes! Behaviours that result in good outcomes will be repeated by your puppy!
Unfortunately, humans can often fall into the trap of accidentally reinforcing the biting behaviour!
Even behaviours such as telling your puppy to ‘stop’, pushing your puppy off, or squealing in pain, could be reinforcing your puppy.
Where possible ignoring your puppies mouthing can be very useful to ensure they aren’t reinforced by your actions.
If ignoring your puppies mouthing is becoming difficult, the best option is to remove yourself or the puppy from the situation. This will mean their mouthing behaviour is interrupted yet not reinforced.
What not to do?
What to do?
Puppy biting can be challenging! But with the right management and techniques you can make puppy hood a little easier! If you feel you need extra support or advice please reach out to book in a free call with one of our trainer!
You can book in a call here: https://calendly.com/training-phone-assessment/mini-phone-consultation
A welcome cozy spot on a wet and gloomy January afternoon.
The Fino Lounge is part of a chain of ‘lounges’ of which we are lucky to have a few across South Wales and the best part is they are dog friendly! So we went to check it out.
This lounge is in Whitchurch Village and has a handy car park just behind it that is free for up to two hours, perfect timing for a working lunch.
The atmosphere was relaxed and easy going, the music wasn’t too loud and there was a nice buzz from people enjoying their meals.
Boomerang Dog, Poppy the Pomeranian had come along with us and when we arrived there were some other dogs settled nicely at tables so we could see it’s popular with the local dog owners.
Something that struck us immediately was how well spaced the tables were, with plenty of them allowing space for dogs to lie down and keep distance from other tables.
This was great for us as Poppy is a dog that needs her space as she is small and can get overwhelmed by bigger dogs and people sometimes.
We headed to a nice corner spot that had space for Poppy’s basket to tuck out of the way from the thoroughfare. Most of the tables could accommodate a mat for a dog to settle on which makes it a great place for socialising dogs.
The team kindly offered a treat and bowl of water which was really great. They then proceeded to bring Poppy their smallest dog bowl which made us all laugh.
Although Poppy was cooed at and addressed as a real life teddy bear, the team were very respectful of her space and while friendly and obvious dog lovers, they didn’t disturb her settling or get her excited so its a perfect environment for teaching your dog to settle and ignores the goings on in a cafe or pub.
Poppy and her gigantic water bowl.
Good job she has a long tongue!
They have a large menu, including all day breakfast. (Perfect for an extra sausage for your pup!)
The biryani bowl was delicious. It had rice, curry and bombay potatoes, it was full of flavour with a kick but not too spicy either.
It went well with their home made lemonade and watermelon iced tea!
We will definitely be back to try out more of the menu.
Thank you Fino Lounge!
Check them out: https://thelounges.co.uk/fino/