Puppy Mouthing (Training Basics) | Teacher’s Pet With Victoria Stilwell


Today, I’m going to demonstrate, with Winston
here, how to stop a puppy from mouthing. Puppy’s like to explore the world with their mouths.
And this is all fine until it comes to your skin. You need to be able to find a way to
play, in an appropriate way, so that your skin doesn’t get hurt when your puppy mouths
you, during the play process. Here, hi. Hi, hi, hi. When you’re playing with your pup,
this is great play. You can see that he’s not using his mouth on me at all. If he does
open his mouth and it touches my hand, that’s okay, but as long as he doesn’t bite down.
But as he gets more aroused, he’s more likely to do so. Yes, yes, yes, yes. And as soon
as he does so, play is going to stop. What happened is as soon as I felt his teeth on
my skin I yelped a little bit. That’s what puppies do to each other in the litter when
one bites down too hard on another. They yelp to let that puppy know: that hurt. I yelped,
and immediately got up and walked away. Biting stopped playing. Now I’m going to go back
into him and start playing with him again, and seeing if he’s going to put his mouth
on me again. Hey, right there. Because playing is really important for your pup, so you want
to be able to play with your puppy like this. But there have to be boundaries. Because what
you don’t want is to have a puppy that has a habit of mouthing and that mouthing becomes
so hard, and it doesn’t stop, and it continues as the puppy grows until it gets into being
an adult dog. And then that mouthing is really, really hard and can really, really hurt. You
can redirect your puppy’s mouthing onto something more appropriate by using various
kinds of toys. Now, some puppies will be more motivated to play with soft toys like this,
than a rubber toy like this. Some puppies won’t like a soft or rubber toy but will
like a rope toy. Every puppy is different. Only by purchasing some of these toys can
you find out what toy your dog really likes. And so when all the chewing is directed on
the toy that means the mouth is going to go over the toy rather than on your clothes,
or on your skin. Plus, it’s an awesome game. Puppies like this, love to seek and grab and
play and pull. And all of this play is such great bonding. You can use rubber toys like
this and put a little puppy-appropriate food in them, so that all of the sort of mouthing,
the desire to mouth, goes on the toy, again, instead of you. He’s not hurting my hand
at all, but all of his attention is going toward the rubber toy, and the food that I
put inside it. And that turns a mouthing dog into a dog that is playing with you, through
this toy, and using his tongue to lick the toy, rather than his mouth around it. And
that’s how to stop your puppy mouthing, positively. I’m Victoria Stilwell for eHow
Pets.

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