The advantages of microchipping your dog

by Leanne Thompson on July 8, 2012

To any dog owner, the possibility of losing your precious pet is a nightmare scenario. As a part of the family, the last thing you want to consider is that they might go missing. However, in the event that the worst does happen, microchipped pets have (more…)

Dogs train for security procedures at London Olympics

by Vivien Richardson on July 6, 2012

The London Olympics 2012 are fast approaching and this prestigious event will be held in the United Kingdom for the first time. The event is sure to attract millions of people far and wide, as the many competitors are preparing to (more…)

Rescue dog escapes death after 14 days trapped on fence

by Mark James on July 4, 2012

JoJo, a spaniel dog, has left many people shell-shocked after she cheated death following a terrible ordeal last month. The rescue dog is only six years old but her bravery surpassed all expectations when she was found alive and (more…)

Is it normal for your puppy to bite?

by Mark James on July 2, 2012

It’s possible if your puppy gives you a nip that you may be concerned about aggressive behaviour, but it is more likely that he is simply testing his environment with his mouth.

Puppies use their mouths to start to understand the world around them. ‘Mouthing’ is a normal behaviour in young dogs and usually taught to them by their mothers at an early age. On occasion, however, the puppy may not have learnt to do this properly. It could be due to poor teaching, or being removed from his mother too early in life, but the result is usually that the puppy is clumsier with his mouth.

So can you help your puppy to understand when they have given you an uncomfortable nip?

The simple answer is yes. The ASPCA suggests that you should respond to playful behaviour by making a yelping noise and pulling back from the dog so he knows his bite has hurt you. Playing with other puppies also helps him to learn how to use his mouth appropriately.

You can spot aggression in the form of more tense body language and possibly the baring of his teeth. The bite is also likely to be more painful. On such occasions owners need to remain calm while holding the puppy still until he is quiet. There is never any need to hurt your puppy while doing this.

Puppies won’t always learn straight away, but gentle, consistent reactions to a bite will help him to understand his behaviour is not welcome.

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