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Attack of the Piranha Puppies!

March 21, 2016 | By: Judith

Spring is here!

This week has been all about renewal. I decided it was time to see friends that I haven't seen over the winter and go for a nice cup of tea with Trish. Truly moments like these are so special and I encourage everyone to have a renewal week- reconnecting as it were.

Even though it has been almost six months since we had last seen each other, from the first ten minutes We were laughing and joking as we did the last time we spent time together. It was while I was enjoying a delicious kale salad and Trish sharing something really infectious, I couldn't help but notice that covering her arms were small bites and scratches.

When she saw me looking and pulled her arms under the table. I could tell she was selfconscious about it, but I felt as her friend I needed to ask…

“Are you still having problems? Is the puppy still biting you?”

Now, it is completely normal for a young puppy to use their mouth during play and when they are socially active, but it's definitely no fun having those sharp teeth in your arms. I know because when puppies are little they bite. It is a fact.

My own little ball of fluff would nip at my fingers and leave little bite marks that would take a couple of days to heal. He was a little rascal.

The problem is that Trish's puppy was at least one year old by now and that piranha should have learned how to control his tendencies.

“So how is Kali?”
She laughed happily and answered.
“Oh he is just great. Always causing trouble.”

I remember that her little pug was all teeth. His favorite pastime was chewing on Trish and it looked like he was still up to no good.

“Wow is his training going?“
“Training? Oh we did not need training for Kali. He is too old anyway!”

I sipped my tea and narrowed my eyes as she spoke about dogs being dogs and how certain behaviours were A part of the characteristic of the breed.

Come on, really! Who was she kidding?

I was starting to think she was the reason Kali still had bad behaviours.. We as dog owners have a sense of responsibility.

“Trish, you and I are friends and as much as you are trying to convince me that this; I pointed to her arms is normal... After a year it is not."
She nodded. I sighed in relief. At least she was open to suggestions.
Right.
"I am going to share with you the 7 rules that I learned when Chebe was a puppy.”

  1. Do not encourage your puppy’s biting.
    It may seem hard but try not to encourage your puppy’s playful nature but sometimes rough play, teasing, or a game of tugofwar can lead to biting. Try to avoid games that encourage your puppy to attack any part of your body.
  2. Do not reward biting.
    Many times puppies will try to get your attention by nipping or biting. If biting works to get your attention the behavior might continue. Many dog trainers insist that even reprimanding your puppy is a form of reward because your attention is being given. Instead try immediately stop and play and ignoring the puppy or walking away.
  3. Never hit or slap your pet!
    Avoid harsh punishment or physical corrections; I know it may be frustrating when your puppy is doing all the biting, but physical punishment could ruin your bond with your pet and lead to more serious problems like fear or aggression.
  4. Funnel that energy.
    If your puppy keeps demanding your attention by biting or is playing too rough, then you will need to provide other ways to keep their brain and body active. Make sure to have regular play and exercise throughout the day that do not involve biting such as walking, running, chasing a ball, or practicing training.
  5. Teach by example.
    Some experts suggest socializing your puppy with other friendly and fully trained dogs. They explain that when your puppy exhibits biting behavior with other dogs they will begin to understand that this is not acceptable behavior.
  6. Communicate with your puppy.
    It is very important for you and your puppy that you start socialization and training as soon as possible. By teaching her a few simple commands you can communicate with your puppy when they begin biting. The most important command to learn is “Stop” or “Enough”. If biting begins during play, it is very important that your puppy learn a command that allows them to know when they are showing undesirable behavior.
  7. Show them love.
    The most important step of all. once all the training, all of the battling, and all the tough love is done . It is very important to show your puppy all the love in the world so they know that all the training was worth it.

Now you are bite free and ready to give them all your love and attention.

-Judith