Thursday, June 4, 2015

3 Reasons Why Your Puppy Bites

3 Reasons Why Your Puppy Bites

Ever wonder,
Why does my puppy bite so much?
There are many reasons why your dog may be biting on your fingers and various other things that fit in his mouth. Puppies especially are prone to wanting to chew on everything and anything, but why is that? In this article I explain the top three reasons why your puppy is biting and included is this article are two videos that will give you some relief to your puppy biting problems.

1. Teething

Puppies are born toothless and a dog will grow in their baby teeth at 2-3 weeks of age. Depend on their breed puppies will lose their baby teeth from 3 to 8 months of age. Just like a human, baby dogs go through a process of teething. Teething is defined as the process at which an animal is losing their baby teeth to make room for the teeth they will have for the rest of their life. During the teething process your dog's sharp adult teeth are making their way through their gums pushing the baby teeth out. It can be a very painful time for your puppy. The average adult dog has 42 teeth for a total of 12 incisors, 4 canines, and 16 molars.

Incisors grab ahold of food.
Canines tear the food into pieces and, with the help of the tongue, place those pieces of food into the mouth.
Molars grind the food into very small pieces to be moved to the back of the mouth with the aid of the tongue and are swallowed to be digested by the body for energy.

It's important to purchase items your dog can teeth and chew on. These items will relieve the pain your dog is experiencing. It will also bring him entertainment because for a dog chewing is a fun activity to do.

2. Exploration

Puppies are baby animals exploring their new surroundings. Everything is new and exciting to them. Just like a baby human puts things in his mouth to get a better understanding of a texture and how something works, your puppy is doing the same exact behavior. Puppies are trying to figure out their surroundings which means he has no idea when he's biting too hard.

3. Misconception
Your puppy may not know that it's not okay to bite your hand or what he should be chewing on. Your puppy may have a lot of discomfort in his mouth and the best way to get rid of that is to be chewing on something, and you're the most convenient thing to chew on! Give your dog options of what they should be chewing on. Let your dog know that his sharp teeth should not touch human skin and that it's painful. I have a great video on how to train your dog to stop biting fingers.

Never allow your puppy to bite your fingers.
In my latest video I explain my dog training tips on how to teach your puppy not to bite your fingers. It's important to start training your dog not to bite your fingers the moment you get your puppy, so that he understand that it's never okay to do this behavior. I explain in this video 3 simple and easy ways stop your puppy from biting so please watch it below or on my Youtube channel.

In 2012 I made a video about puppy teeth and teething. Please watch the video by clicking the video player below. In this video my dog Bueller is an adorable puppy with a painful loose canine tooth! I give examples of how you can relieve the pain of puppy teething in the video.

© Faris Jaclyn I Littlest Pet Shop Photography

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