Well, I have to thank everyone who responded to my postings last week (Buddy
the Lab, Ouch Buddy Bites, and Buddy chews rocks). The advice was excellent
and I think most of it said the same thing "he's a puppy and he should get
Since the postings I have done a bit of reading. In particular I found an
article from a Dr Ian Dunbar, which was printed in the 1991 Dogs In Canada
Annual. The article is called "The Bite Stops Here".
The authors premise is that puppies mouth and bite and this is an important
part of their development. It is just unfortunate that it bothers people. He
suggest weaning the pup off of mouthing over the initial 5 month period
means you have about 2 or 3 months depending on when you get the puppy).
His procedure includes 4 steps, which are something like:
1) no painful bites (use "ouch" and time out for painful bites)
2) no jay pressure at all (use "ouch" for progressively softer bites until
they are all quite soft)
3) always stop mouthing on request (use "Off!" followed by praise or tidbit
when dog releases hand. If he doesn't stop then time out.)
4) never start mouthing unless requested. This training should start at 4
months and by the time the dog is 5 months he should be completely soft
mouthed and shouldn't initiate mouthing.
He also claims that it is the dogs that never bite as puppies that grow up
to hurt with thier bites, because they never learn to bite gently.
Anyway, I thought it was a good article so I am just passing the info along.