Misty Shores Chesapeakes

Biting/Mouthing

 

Puppies explore their world with their mouths so it is natural for them to bite/mouth not only objects but you, your family members and even other animals in the home as well. Some do this more than others and some can be quite intense with this behavior. This does not mean you have an aggressive puppy so don't despair! 


It is important that you correct this behavior immediately, consistently and teach them what is appropriate to chew on. It is also important that the WHOLE family follow through with the same training. 

The most effective way I have found to correct the behavior is by grabbing their lower jaw with your thumb in their mouth under the tongue and hold it firmly while telling the pup ‘NO BITE’! The pup will not be able to move because you have control over their head and this is quite uncomfortable for them. You are only trying to cause it to be uncomfortable not hurt them. Once you have corrected them give them an appropriate toy or treat to chew on. They will learn quickly if you and your family are consistent with this and all training. 

Around four months old your puppy will also begin to lose their deciduous teeth (baby teeth) and their adult teeth will begin to come in, so you may see an increase in chewing. To help them through this period freezing some of their toys will help relieve the discomfort. You can also freeze a pumpkin yogurt mixture (half/half) in ice trays to give them to chew on.