Week 17 - Teach an Inhibited Bite
Veterinarian and founder of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers)
Dr. Ian Dunbar recommends teaching every puppy to have a "soft mouth."
You can help prevent a serious bites by teaching dogs to inhibit their
bites by allowing gentle mouthing and giving the dog feedback by yelping
loudly like a puppy if they aren't VERY gentle.
In the event that your dog is unexpectedly hurt or frightened and
responds emotionally by biting, and if your dog believes human skin is
so fragile when it comes to canine teeth, then your dog will be less
likely to bite hard.
Step 1: Allow pup to mouth human
hands, yelping loudly, OUCH, whenever the teeth apply too much pressure.
Step 2: Once the pup has
learned gentle mouthing, teach the pup to back "off" on cue (stop
Step 3: Once the pup has learned to
stop mouthing on cue, only allow mouthing on cue, "gentle."
Step 4: Once the pup knows not to
initiate mouthing and is "soft mouthed" teach no canine teeth on human
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