Nibbling for a puppy is essential.
However, he must learn to control the strength of his jaw and teeth so as not to present any danger as an adult.
Here's how to do this essential learning.
Why is the puppy nibbling?
- Chewing calms his toothache. At one and a half months, the puppy has 28 baby teeth which will be replaced by 42 permanent teeth.
- Deprived of hand, he explores the world with his mouth.Taste, texture, material… he wants to know everything.
- Nibbling allows him to play and assert his hierarchy. He tests his strength.
> What is bite inhibition?
Puppies learn to control the bite, this is calledbite inhibition and it is essential learning.
Bite inhibition with siblings:
During the first weeks of its life, the puppy becomes social. He learns to curb his biting by playing with his siblings.
If the puppy bites too hard, his or her brother or sister will cry out, fight back or stop playing. The puppy then realizes that he has gone too far.
Did you know ?
The bitch puts her puppy back in its place by pressing her mouth against the back of her neck, forcing her to take the position of submission.
Bite inhibition with its master:
Bites in puppies can be seen up to 8 months of age. When you pick him up from the breeder, he will be between 2 and 3 months old. This essential learning will therefore have to be continued.
> How to do it in practice?
- Never push away the puppy who will interpret this behavior as a call to play and will increase in excitement.
- Let him come to you and feel your hands.
- When it starts to bite you, cry out when it gets painful and say "no!" "
- Don't take your hand away, it's up to him to remove it.
- If he continues, stop the game. Don't talk to him, don't touch him, don't look at him. Exit the room.
- Come back a few minutes later and repeat the exercise.
- If he's behaving well, praise him, give him a treat.
- Direct him to his toys so he can nibble. It’s essential for a puppy.
> If you don't get any results:
When a puppy has been taken away from its mother too soon or if the mother was inexperienced, learning the inhibited bite can be more complicated.
- Let the dog come to you and feel your hands.
- If he's trying to pierce the skin instead of pinching it, say "no!" And shake his neck while closing his mouth.
- Repeat the exercise as needed. The puppy gets it when he licks your hands.
- Offer him a treat and redirect him to his toys.
It takes time and consistency for the puppy to learn how to balance the power of his jaw. This learning is essential, because if one day your dog bites violently a person or a congener, everyone will have to pay the price.
Leave at the disposal of games rope or buffalo skin bones for your puppy to nibble on.
Don't leave anything within reachthat it is likely to destroy. He doesn't yet know what's his. He explores the world, don't forget him.
If the biting persists beyond her first birthday, see a behaviorist. Your puppy may be suffering from hyperactivity.
"Life is a fixed-term contract, the learning of which is permanent! "