They are adorable, sweet and cuddly with tiny little razors for teeth! If you are dealing with a new puppy who is biting you, this blog is for you!
To be on the receiving end of a puppy bite or nip is not the fun one imagined when thinking about adopting a new pup. But it’s all part of the experience with a growing and curious canine.
So why is the puppy biting or nipping you in the first place?
Puppy Bites: It’s Not PersonaL
It may be hard to believe in the moment, but when your puppy bites or nips you, it is not personal. It is a natural canine behavior.
Chewing, gnawing or mouthing happen as your puppy is teething to help relieve the pain of emerging adult teeth.
Also, mouthing behavior is a natural learning behavior based on your pup’s curiosity about his surroundings.
Having said that, this does not mean you should like or encourage this behavior.
Whether it’s mouthing, nipping or play biting, it is important to teach your puppy what is acceptable when it comes to biting. Teaching your puppy to learn to control his biting – called bite inhibition – will help him to grow up into a well-mannered dog who can successfully control the force of his bite!
Using harsh, aversive techniques does not help teach
proper K9 bite inhibition. In fact, punishing your puppy
may limit progress and actually encourage
a biting response out of frustration, fear or pain.
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We are a small family breeder located in the heart of the Ozarks in Northern Arkansas. We breed and raise healthy, happy and well-socialized, quality Golden Retriever, Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, Mini Labradoodle, and Aussiedoodle puppies.