Features September 2010 Issue

Does Your Dog Bite Your Hand While Receiving Treats?

The ingredients list suggests that this is not the healthiest treat, but it’s very handy – and protects your fingers from being unintentionally chomped.

Does Your Dog Bite Your Hand While Receiving Treats?

Five things to do when your dog grabs treats too roughly.

Many of us have dogs who bite down too hard when taking dog treats – this is a canine behavior sometimes known as “hard mouth.” Some dogs take treats forcefully all the time; others get hard mouths only when stressed or excited. One theory is that a hard mouth is a function of bite inhibition – or lack thereof. If a dog doesn’t learn to use his mouth softly during puppyhood, he’s likely to resort to using too much pressure with his mouth throughout his life. But some dogs with acceptably soft mouths take treats hard when stressed or excited. Here are five things you can do when facing a “hard mouth” challenge.

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