Bite Inhibition Does your Dog Have It?

Perhaps one of the most important things you can teach your new pup is bite inhibition. That is – to always inhibit their bite. The sits, stays, recalls and leash walking, while important, can always be taught later (yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks!) but bite inhibition is one of those things that is best taught early and should be high on any new puppy owners list of priorities.
 
All dogs, no matter what size, have the potential to someday bite – whether through pain, fear or aggression - and it is foolish to think otherwise. The difference in whether this ends in tragedy lies in their ability to inhibit their bite.
 
Young puppies are learning about bite inhibition from the moment they start playing with their siblings. If one puppy bites too hard during play, the puppy that was bitten will squeal and generally ignore the biting puppy for a while. Pups learn from their siblings that biting too hard ends play sessions. Boring!
 
But their education shouldn’t end there. Once you get your pup home they will probably spend a lot of time chewing on your hands. This is the perfect opportunity to give them feedback on how hard they are biting. Remember, hard bites make the fun stop!

 

Here’s what to do:

  • For the first week or two, just focus on the really hard bites that your pup gives you.
  • When your pup chomps down on your hand, yelp loudly and freeze, withdrawing all eye contact. Hold your hands across your body so that they are not moving targets.
  • Wait like this for about 5 seconds and then resume calm play if your pup has responded to your yelp.
  • If your pup doesn’t respond to your yelp then you can calmly leave the room, letting your pup sit and ponder why the play session stopped.
  • Over the coming weeks you should start reacting to softer and softer bites – make your pup think that human skin is the most fragile thing ever!
  • Eventually you should also react to gentle mouthing. This way the pup will learn that teeth on human skin are never appropriate. 
  • Have patience – your pup must bite you in order to learn proper bite inhibition. Stopping all biting immediately by using harsh punishment might solve puppy biting but it will also result in an adult dog that hasn’t learnt the strength of his own jaws.
  • Provide plenty of chew toys for your pup while they are teething to help them through this stage.
 

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