Littermate yelp and walk away when bitten too hard – bite inhibition
Bite us rather than littermates
Breed specific traits
Asking to play
How do we stop biting
Why are they biting?
When are they biting?
Where are they biting?
When is behaviour worst?
When is behaviour best?
What made behaviour worst?
What made behaviour better?
Preempt with play – soft toys, pray like, lots of
Keep a toy as special
Routine; sleep, feed, toilet, training, play – cycle through – not enough of each can make biting worse
yelp – adds to excitement
put in time out
redirect to appropriate toy
frustrated – work on frustration control
attention seeking – give more attention on your terms
bored – give them things to do
Why do puppies chew?
Exploring with mouth
Teething – 4-6 months – relived pressure and pain
Helping teething process
Adolescence -7/10 months chewing phase
Breed specific – dissect
Learned behaviour – stress, frustration
Biting is directed at us, chewing directed at objects
Chewing ramps up at around 4 months, biting increases irritable, frustrated due to teething
Chewing happens throughout dog’s life, biting should stop by adolescence
How to encourage appropriate chewing
What is motivation
Replace with something more appropriate – chewing wooden furniture, replace with wood chew
When/where are they chewing – management?
Don’t panic if pup picks up something – they’ll normally spit it out – don’t chase, will swallow, guard or instigate game of chase – swap
Lots of chew items scattered around, rotate
Puppy appropriate chews. need to be able to score with your thumbnail
Supervise, not small enough to gulp
Don’t allow to practice
Houseline – no tugging
Biting and chewing gets better within 6 weeks of working on it
Biting & chewing in older puppies
What’s the trigger – why and when
Mental and physical stimulation
Ingesting – vet check
Mouthing – over stimulated/frustrated
Attention seeking – control of attention
Breed – some more likely, gundogs
High drive dogs in unsuitable home
Keep biting the same thing – manage
Not interested in chews – must be easy, selection, check textures
Play – check the game, make sure you are still and toy is moving along the floor
Too over stimulated
Too over tired
Children, erratic – separate – don’t try to train both at the same time – hide and seek game
Relationship – attention seeking?
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