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Puppies bite-and thank goodness they do. Puppy biting is a normal, natural, and necessary puppy behavior. Puppy play-biting is the means by which dogs develop bite inhibition and a soft mouth. The more your puppy bites and receives appropriate feedback, the safer his jaws will be in adulthood. It is the puppy that does not mouth and bite as a youngster whose adult bites are more likely to cause serious damage. The puppy's penchant for biting results in numerous play-bites. Although his needle-sharp teeth make them painful, his weak jaws seldom cause serious harm. The developing puppy should learn that his bites can hurt long before he develops jaws strong enough to inflict injury. The greater the pup's opportunity to play-bite with people, other dogs, and other animals, the better his bite inhibition will be as an adult. For puppies that do not grow up with the benefit of regular interaction with other dogs and other animals, the responsibility of teaching bite inhibition lies with the owner. ==The modern approach== There are several approaches to dealing with puppy nipping. First and foremost, either enroll your puppy in a puppy kindergarten class or a puppy play group. The very best training he can get on bite inhibition (how to not bite too hard) is by playing with his peers. The next best thing to do to stop nipping and mouthing is to let out a puppy like yelp, this immediately makes the puppy back away as it is what her litter mates would do. Its a way to let them know that it hurts. They won't understand all the no's and putting them in another room etc. When they nip, you yelp then turn your back on them (get visitors to do the same) they will soon get the message of 'ouch that hurts and i am not playing because of it.' Another approach is to walk away from the puppy the second he nips you without saying a word. Do this several times and the puppy will associate his nipping to having good things removed and he'll stop. Also try redirect the nipping to an appropriate object. With puppies it's good to have at least a dozen chew toys around. Carry one with you when you approach the puppy and if he starts to mouth or nip hand it to him. Praise him for chewing on the right things. You should also teach your puppy the 'leave it' command this is not only for objects but also helps them control their bite inhibition (become more aware of how people like to be interacted with). See link below for more details. ==A more traditional approach:== Whenever the puppy bites or nips, tap its nose with the tips of your fingers. Don't do it in a way that would necessarily hurt, but as it keeps happening, the puppy learns that its behavior is not accepted.

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