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Why does my dog play bite me?

asked 2017-06-13 14:06:00 -0500

Why does my dog bite me when we play?

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answered 2017-06-17 18:59:42 -0500

Dogs bite things with their mouth because that is how they interact with the world.

When my dog was a puppy, I wanted him to learn to not bite hard, but that mouthing was OK (some people want to teach no mouthing at all, that's ok too). I yelled OW! when he bit too hard and put him down for 30 or so seconds. I only needed to do this a few times as a puppy (maybe 10 total) and now he is 3.5 years old and if I'm playing rough he will mouth/grab my hands, but has never bit hard.

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answered 2017-06-13 20:35:05 -0500

If this is a puppy it's natural for him to want to bite because he's teething. It's important to break him of this habit. When he bite make a loud OW! Noise. Ingore her for ten to twenty seconds, then resume play.

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