Features May 2017 Issue

Teaching Your Puppy Bite Inhibition

Allowing your puppy to mouth you is the best way to teach him how to do it – only with a carefully modulated, “soft” bite. Puppies who learn this at a young age usually mature into dogs who don’t cause serious injuries when (or if) they ever do bite “for real” – say, as a reflex when someone accidentally steps on them.

Teaching Your Puppy Bite Inhibition

A dog’s ability or tendency to exquisitely control the pressure of his teeth develops when he’s just a puppy. Learn how to help your puppy acquire this valuable skill.

It’s a commonly accepted theory that puppies who control the strength of their bite in play (known as bite inhibition) are more likely to also inhibit their bite on occasions that may arise throughout their lives if/when they feel compelled to bite for real – not just in play. Adult dogs who have good bite inhibition, the theory suggests, will thus inflict far less damage if a bite does occur.

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