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Puppies Mouthing a Look at Dog Behavior

When a puppy mouths, he is constantly putting his mouth on your hand, your arm, leg or anything that belongs to you, including shoes, socks, clothes, etc.

Reasons Puppies Mouth:

  •  Teething. The first set of teeth comes in 3-4 weeks after birth. Permanent set of teeth start coming in at 6 weeks and this process can last until the dog is 6 months of age. During this time a dog’s mouth can become very sore, inflamed or bled. Mouthing is a way a dog can relieve some of this pain.


  •  Give your dog cold carrots to chew, a clean frozen rag tied in a knot, apply ambesol on the inflamed area, ice cubes, and supply him with hard rubber toys, nylon bones or a frozen bone
  •  If your dog is mouthing on you, screech “Ouch!” in a high pitch voice. As soon as your dog lets go say, “good dog” than give him something he can chew on
  •  During this time you can take your puppy for a walk to distract him or practice some fun basic obedience games

Why Do Dogs Chew:

  •  To develop their jaws
  •  To relieve or bring in new teeth
  •  To keep teeth clean
  •  To relieve tension and boredom, outlet of energy
  •  If a dog is subjected to isolation, lack of socialization or barrier frustration this can lead to destructive chewing


  •  Divert your dog’s attention to something else: obedience training, play time, give your puppy a Kong stuffed with peanut butter, wet dog food or dog biscuits, or an appropriate chew toy such as a nylon bone, hard rubber ball, bleached bone, etc.
  •  Use the drag leash method, keeping the dog with you at all times. When the dog starts to chew on something give him a slight collar correction or use your clicker saying, “Leave It” and as your puppy stops mouthing reward him or her
  •  Practice the seeding game
  •  If your dog chews on forbidden items when you are gone. Spray those items with Bitter Apple, Bitter In or make your own solution using ½ lemon juice, ½ rubbing alcohol with a dash of tobacco sauce. You can mix this solution with flour and make a paste that you put on doors, wooden table legs, etc.
  •  I always suggest if you cannot watch your dog or you are leaving the home put your puppy or dog in a crate or x-pen to prevent them from getting into trouble
  •  Consider a doggie day care or a pet walker if you are gone from the home a considerable amount of time
  •  Create a daily schedule for your puppy that includes proper feeding times, water, naps, play time and training

About Eileen Tonick

Angel Dogs, provides dog training, puppy training, dog agility training, dog obedience training and therapy dog training throughout the Phoenix, Arizona Metro Area.
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