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Hello everyone.
Riloue is a 5 months old rescue dog who I have had for 3 weeks. He was taken away from his mum at 4 weeks and hasn't had much training at his foster place. Luckily he is pretty easy going.
He loves to bite/ mouth hands/feet/arms etc when playing. He doesn't ever just come up and nip you but when you sit on the floor with him he will start doing it. So far I have always given him a toy straight away and he continues to play the same way but keeps his teeth firmly on his toy (reminds me a bit of a dummy lol). My intention was to ignore him/ stop play if he prefers to hand over the toy but this hasn't happened yet. So far I haven't seen it as a problem and thought controlling it with the toy is a good option and that he will sooner or later go for the toy himself and don't attempt to bite my hand.
However today I have come across the training method where you are meant to teach your dog in various steps to first only bite gently, then to stop when asked etc. and the 'gentle biting' is emphasized as being important especially when dogs haven't learnt it from their siblings/parents.

I am now wondering if I should do that too because he missed out on it, or if I should do something else considering he is 5 months old already.

Thanks for any advise :) (PS First time owner here with cattle x staffy x ridgeback)
 

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I definitely think showing your pup what IS appropriate (the toy) rather than your hand is a great start. But I think its also important to teach bite inhabition.
I'm no expert but we read up on it and if there was any time Olive got her teeth on us - even by accident when playing with a toy - we "YELPED!!" in the same high pitched way another puppy would to teach her that was "too much". and it worked well. If she got too rambunctious, like trying to grab pant legs and play tug of war with them, then we'd stop the game and step away.
Ian Dunbar's series on raising puppies was invaluable to us. And I think it's free online.
Something like What to do Before You Get Your Puppy and then the 2nd is What To Do After You Get Your Puppy. Both are essential reads if you haven't already.
 

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As the person above me noted, biting isn't bad. It's how you teach a soft mouth. There's a lot of info on this site in the sticky. Basically, as long as the dog is biting softly enough that it doesn't hurt, then it's not a big issue. Take the dog to an obedience class with puppy play. They learn a lot of bite inhibition there.
 

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The method that OLivePWD discussed is called Bite Inhibition, as seaboxador wrote. You can search in the Forum and using Google for more details. You have an additional issue to be aware of. At ~ 5mos, many dogs are losing their baby teeth and growing in adult teeth, so they are teething and their gums are sore.... so they will chew to relieve the pain. Chew toys and frozen washcloths can help. Be careful with the washcloth that he doesn't tear it or swallow the pieces.
 

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Thanks for all the answers.
I cant take im to puppy school as he is too old. We go to normal obedience trainig and the off leash dog park every or every second day so he gts pleny of socialisation there.
Luckily he doesnt chew anything he isnt allowed but sticks to his toys. I found he loves his deer antler to chew on, he can go for hours.
My main concern is, isnt he too old to start with bite inhibition training as as a 5 months old he should be past the first stages and know already not to to touch human skin? I think i will just continue to give him a toy whenever he goes for my skin as I want im to know that human skin is not for mouthing or biting.

Thanks again ☺
 

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I think what you're doing now is just fine. I would keep at it
 

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You can teach a dog how to control the strength of his bite, at any age. It is much easier with pups. When you teach Bite Inhibition, you are also teaching the dog to 'think' before he bites, so that in all situations, including high pain circumstances - such as a broken leg, there is a better chance that the dog won't draw blood.
 

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I like when my dog bites me playfully i sort of enjoy it because it tickles? haha i'm weird. but sometimes he gets carried away especially when he bites my feet and one time he bit really hard with his razor mouth and i yelled ouch really loud and pulled my foot away quickly because it actually surprised me!

he hasn't bitten me that hard since. But keeping it at a playfully licking nibble i don't mind even if he grows into that as an adult. of course friends of mine may not like it when they play and he play bites but he's a small dog so it shouldn't be that bad.
 

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My little 11.5 pound Bucky came here mouthy at 2 years old. I am less tolerant of mouthing than where ever he came from and he is getting less mouthy as he gets used to being here. When he gets excited he has to use his mouth and that is exactly when you don't want a dog to mouth! Dogs get excited when people move fast and when people move fast dogs can make a mistake and mistakes look like bites. Maybe some dogs can play mouthy with their owners during specific games and never touch others with mouths, maybe not. I'd rather not take the risk.
 

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You can teach dogs to discriminate ... but it is always best to train the dog in the way that you are most comfortable.
 
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