Location: Dogsey and Worcestershire
Joined: May 2004
Originally Posted by mj
Has anyone got any tips on how to stop my puppy Max from attcking eveyone's legs?
Whenever anyone walks passed him he jumps up and pulls at their clothing in the past week he has ripped holes on two pairs of trousers! One of them my best pair and new pair of trousers bought for christmas
He is only 11 weeks old but i think i need to nip this in the bud my two boys especially the youngest is scared to move as you all know puppy teeth are like little needles..
when i tell him to stop or NO he just sits there barking at me
He's very intelligent though he has learnt the sit command and will sit when you tell him so i think there is some hope but i need some tips on what approach to take
Biting is normal behaviour in puppies, if a puppy doesn't bite there is something wrong with it . Puppies bite for a number of reasons, to explore the world around them/during play/and when teething.
Puppies are designed to have very sharp little teeth that hurt, they need to practise various forms of canine behaviour while they still have the immature jaws and teeth of a puppy and before they gain the strong jaws and teeth of an adult dog.
While still in the litter puppies bite each other and soon learn that when they bite too hard the other puppies will cry and run away, they lean to bite ever more gently so they don't scare off their litter mates, this is called bite inhibition. If the puppy remained in the litter it would develop the ability to control the strength of bite, we can carry on the lessons that were begun in the litter and teach the puppy never to bite humans.
Bite inhibition, learning to developer a 'soft mouth' is one of the most important lessons you can teach your puppy, if taught correctly should the puppy bite for any reason (like if in pain/at the vets being treated /gets accidentally hurt) it will never to sink it's teeth into human skin
Teaching a puppy bite inhibition takes time and patience and won't be achieved in just a few days also everyone in the household needs to adopt the same approach.
Link to teaching bite inhibition ..click here
It is also important that your children learn how to behave around a puppy, here is an article by one of our members with some helpful advice about Children and dogs