Prevention of guarding or aggression with toys or food

Give your puppy a toy to play with, then call your puppy over to you & exchange toys. (Make sure the toy exchange is of equal value or greater). Usually puppies or dogs will drop what they have in their mouth for another toy. This will show your puppy that giving up something can also give back something. While your puppy is eating throw a more delicious treat in his food bowl. (do not touch his food or pet him) This will show your pup that the hand is give not take. Never scold your dog for growling, this will increase the behavior or suppress the behavior to come out later. Growling is a warning. Dogs that are not allowed to growl will bite without warning.

Puppy Nipping

Bite Inhibition or Puppy Nipping Puppies nip for several reasons. Teething, playing, exploring and getting attention. Like human babies, puppies explore everything through their mouths. Teaching your pup that nipping is not polite can be frustrating. Puppy teeth are very sharp needles. First of all, make sure you have toys in the house to “re-direct” your puppy from nipping. If you have kids make sure they know where the toys are. For example: I have 2 small toddlers. I set out plastic bowls through the house that the kids can easily get to if the puppy starts chasing their feet. My kids know to get a tennis ball and roll it on the floor. The puppy will stop to run after the ball ins

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