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Learning to use bite strength properly in puppyhood is called bite inhibition and is crucial to developing a well-socialized dog. Allowing your puppy to socialize with other vaccinated, well-mannered puppies and tolerant adult dogs will help her use her mouth more carefully.
While puppy play is agreed to be a good way to teach your dog how to use her teeth, there is a mixed consensus on how puppies should be allowed to use their teeth with humans. Outside of playing the mouthing game, your dog should be taught to replace her mouthing of humans with a chew or toy (watch this helpful video on curbing bad chewing behavior). As part of this exploration, the puppy learns how hard she can bite when interacting with people and other dogs. Avoid pulling your hand away, which may excite your puppy more and cause them to lunge for your hand.


Seniors should avoid hand wrestling; otherwise they should use gardening gloves on their hands since elderly skin is thinner and tends to tear more easily. Whenever your puppy tries to mouth your skin or clothes, freeze in place and stop all movement until your puppy lets go. Without the experience of learning how much force their mouth emits, if a dog ever is in a situation where she bites for real, she may not have proper knowledge about how hard she should bite, posing an increased risk for deeper, more damaging wounds. The more still you are, the less fun you are, and thus the more likely the mouthing will stop.
Or if she bites too hard while playing with another puppy, the hurt puppy will likely stop playing. Although the game serves the purpose of fun and bonding with your puppy, the ultimate goal is to teach your dog to use her teeth gently on your skin.


As soon as your puppy lets go, direct her to a dog toy or food toy she can chew on instead. Essentially you are playing the part of another puppy during a play session, one who also would stop playing anytime the biting becomes painful.




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