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.
Imagine walking in your neighborhood and it is a beautiful day the wind is blowing slightly. A car goes by the noise distracts you. You walk a little farther, you smell beef barbecuing and it makes your mouth water. You hear children in the distance laughing and calling to one another. All of these noises, smells, sights and touches are distractions. The same is true for our dogs or puppies. They are distracted by smells, sights, sounds or the touch sensations. The reactions are not much different then ours. Dogs may sniff at the different smells. Bark at something they may want to warn you about, or turn to look at something. The only time this may seem to bother us is if they pull us by the leash, bark too loudly, or cause us to become impatient. How do you work with a distraction that may be causing your dog to over react? One of the rules is to go the opposite direction of the distraction but this can ruin your walk if you are constantly going the opposite direction. Here is a list of dog training suggestions we at “Angel Dogs” put together to help you learn how to work with distractions.
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Imagine you just arrived home and your dog or puppy starts jumping on you almost knocking you down or scratching on your leg. At times like this you can get frustrated and upset by this type of greeting. Now imagine being your dog you are so excited seeing your owner that you want to give him a big greeting so you jump to see his face. Kneecaps or ankles are not exactly the place to shed such affection. So let’s jump to see my owners face. These greetings are not meant to hurt you but unfortunately at times they can.
Reasons dogs jump:
- To play.
- Domination-alpha posture.
- To teach pups how to act as a predator.
- To challenge other pack members.
Have you ever arrived home after a busy day at work and all you can think of is spending some quality time with your dog or puppy? You walk to your back door and take a look at your yard and it looks like land minds went off all over the yard! Your grass is torn up and a few sprinkler heads are chewed. Soon your beloved dog comes to the door wagging his tail so excited about seeing you with grass and dirt falling off his body. At this moment you wonder, “Why did I get this dog?” This is just a classic dog behavior scenario, and usually not this bad, however at times when you are tired it may feel this way. Dogs dig for a number of reasons and there are a number of solutions. Read More