Teaching bite inhibition to five week old pup
Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:17 AM
I know these next few weeks are critical for the pup. Does anyone have any practical suggestions on how she should work with this pup, especially where bite inhibition is concerned? Of course, all practical suggestions on raising a 5 week old are appreciated.
Cricket, BC, mistress of the household
Dusty, the foundling, being as good as his DNA will allow
Flint, BC, a sparky pup
Spark. BC - can we PLEASE play ball?
Jazz (my heartdog - April 1999-April 2010)
Zachary, my little ironman (July 1994-April 2012)
Brandy (a good dog - 1983-1999)
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:17 PM
So, if there's no dogs around to tech these skills, you need to allow the puppy to wrestle and bite YOU and Yipe and walk away when he gets too rough. Puppy teeth hurt but theres a difference between gnaw and chew and BITE and you can teach it. I only do bitey games with my hands, never other body parts. It works.
Most people are taught never let the puppy put teeth on human skin, and if he has dog friends to teach him bite inhibition that probably works but if he can't practice he won't learn.
Shirley Chong has some good posts in the Keepers section of her website.
I had a small dog with great bite inhibition who once bit my husband (long story, he was startled awake and old and deaf and I had just started seriously dating my husband who returned from a trip late at night and came directly to see me, so when this man came in our house and startled him while he was sleeping on my bed protecting me he flew up to protect me) and left perfect little tooth shaped dents in DH's forearm but no broken skin. DH said it hurt! but he didn't bite with more force than was needed.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:53 PM
Tell your friend good luck. its a hard one!
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