Biting (followup to Ouch - Buddy Bites)

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Biting (followup to Ouch - Buddy Bites)

Post by Rob Neils » Fri, 13 Aug 1993 11:54:29



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
over it".

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
(which
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.

Rob

 
 
 

Biting (followup to Ouch - Buddy Bites)

Post by Stephen R L » Sat, 14 Aug 1993 12:37:44


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>He [Dunbar] 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.

I agree with this statment.  What I disagree with is that humans are to be
used as the "socialization biting" tool.  Dogs should learn how "hard" to
bite and when to bite with other dogs, not humans.  Dogs need to be well socialized
with humans AND other dogs.

I maintain that mouthing should not be allowed.

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>Rob

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