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Having issues with your dog play biting?

Are you telling yourself, Don t worry, she will grow out of it and she hasn t yet?

Learning about the behavior is the first step to understanding how to combat this bad behavior.

This is the first of our 3 part POV series and we are looking at your past.

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  • Don t get caught up in the extremes or the examples.
  • Apply these tools to your play biting puppy or dog.
  • For the most part, any behavior that gets a dog attention will keep happening.
  • With the play biting, a lot of attention usually ensues.
  • Yelling (barking back), running away (the chase is on), or grabbing the dog.
  • Bennie does not suggest to grab the dog s snout when she does the play biting.
  • Remember this is STILL touching which is the biggest type of attention you can give your dog.
  • By grabbing your dog s snout you are also creating a game.
  • Bennie suggests to redirect the dog s chewing.
  • You must remember your timing and actions have to be really intentional to succeed
  • Be mindful or you may end up reinforcing the behavior without even realizing it.
  • Re-visit the show on Barking
  • It talks about giving a correction then praising right afterwards.
  • When redirecting the behavior in the moment:
  • You are communicating that it is okay to chew on that thing (aka your hand), just stop when told.
  • Keep this in mind:
    • If you give your dog a reward to change its gnawing on your hand, what message did you just send?
  • You need to come up with a phrase or word that lets you know that your dog is behaving in a way you expect her to.
  • What do you want?
  • What choice would you like your dog to make when your hand is within range of her mouth?
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The post Ep 125 The Play Biting Dog, Part 1: OUCH! appeared first on FamilyDogFusion.

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