Are you used to seeing your puppy chewing or nipping?
Well this is one of the most natural behaviors of puppies that starts when they are hardly around 4 months old.
It is a time when their teething phase starts, and their permanent teeth begin to appear. Of course like a human child they constantly have this need to chew on something hard.
Puppies unlike humans are born with sensory capabilities such as having a strong sense of smell and taste.
They discover the world through their mouth and sense of smell.
Hence, chewing and nipping do not only bring them satisfaction but also help them feel better. During their teething phase make sure they chew on proper and clean chew toys, because at times their urge to chew is so strong that they resort to bite everything they get hold of.
It is important to teach your puppy about teething and help him control his bite strength.
While training your puppy give due attention to behavior problems along with other basic commands and manners like sitting down, catching, sitting upright, etc.
Making him learn proper manners will help prevent behavior issues when he grows into an adult dog. This is why puppy trainers give due attention to development of bite inhibition in puppies.
Dogs are very social and tend to be more comfortable in social surroundings.
Extensive socialization also helps puppies learn to behave in their surroundings and can learn to control their urges in different environments as well. Taking them to a dog park is a great way to socialize them!
Puppy trainers often focus making them learn gentle mouthing techniques that teaches them to control and tone down their bite strength.
Please keep in mind that puppy training requires consistency and regular attention and revision of techniques in order to train them fully and get them ready for their adulthood.
You can start to teach and train your puppy at home by directing his chewing and nipping habits in a positive way.
We share some of the teething tips with you.
- No matter where you are, if you catch you puppy nipping or chewing on stuff incessantly never ever squeeze his mouth shut or ruthlessly grab him by his scruff nor slap him instead gently let him give up his hold on it and stroking its head and back.
- Do not wave your toes or fingers right in your puppy’s face, because that could encourage him to bite your feet or hands.
- Encourage your puppy to take interest in different games such as fetching and tug-of-war, instead of those games that encourage him to fight such as wrestling or tough games that would let him use his mouth.
- When you find your puppy trying to bite when he is over excited, gently stroke his head or pat his back and encourage him to let go.
Once they are past their teething phase they will stop biting hard, chewing and nipping all sorts of stuff. However, until your dog is past their teething stage, you may want to keep them in a dog crate or dog playpen when you aren’t able to pay 100% attention to them. The last thing you want is your puppy to chew on something that could hurt them!
The duration of the teething phase also depends upon your puppy’s breed, so it might not always take long for him to leave his chewing and nipping habit.