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Your favorite Pomeranians have their own behavioral patterns despite being small in size. They are so full of energy and vitality that they can play for hours without being exhausted. As your Pomeranians grow they generally develop a habit to bite while being playful. This playful Pomeranian bite or mouthing may sometimes turn into something more serious.
You can simply stop them to exhibit such behavior in a fun way so that you can play safe with your little prized possession. Let’s learn a few tips and tricks to do away with this habit.
How to Get Them to Stop Biting?
If you have observed most of the Pomeranians have a habit to bite, chew or mouth hands, limbs, or other body parts of others although this habit is not liked by all. Moreover, there are always chances of you getting hurt due to the jaws and sharp teeth of dogs. Biting in an adult dog is not as easy to control as is puppy bite because they are less sensitive to human expressions. Those Pomeranians who never learned to stop mouthing people in their puppyhood generally do so when they grow up.
Mouthing or playing bite is normal for Pomeranians. But sometimes when they feel frustrated or see the potential danger Pomeranians bite and show aggressive behavior. By close observation, you can figure out whether it is normal mouthing or an aggressive one. In a normal playful Pomeranian bite the dog has a relaxed body and facial muscles. On the other hand in aggressive mouthing, the dog becomes stiff in the body. His muzzle looks wrinkled and he pulls back his lips to show up his teeth. Serious biting or mouthing is quick and is more painful than normal play mouthing.
If your dog shows signs of aggressive biting then it’s good to consult a certified animal or veterinary behaviorist (CAAB or Dip ACVB). If you can’t find one then you may also go and visit a Professional Dog Trainer. But the important thing is that the person you choose should have the necessary experience and the expertise to treat aggressive behavior in dogs.
How to Teach Your Dog to Be Gentle on Biting and Nipping
Dogs play and explore things by mouthing, licking, and chewing. Puppies explore the body parts of humans by chewing fingers and toes with their teeth. You may like it when your dog is small but as they grow up you may not find it appealing. So it’s’ important, you teach your dog to stop exhibiting this mouthy behavior.
If your dog has not learned how to be gentle on human skin he is likely to cause serious cuts or injury. On the other hand, if the dog has been taught to be gentle on mouthing when interacting with humans the chances to cause any severe damage to the human skin is greatly reduced.
Dogs learn how to be gentle on biting by playing with fellow dogs. Dogs do a lot of chasing, wrestling and, pouncing over each other when playing with fellow dogs. They bite each other in a playful manner. Sometimes a dog yelp when he gets hurt and he stops playing at once. The perpetrator knows that he does something that is not acceptable and stops the expression of the victim. Soon after this, they start playing again. Through this exercise, dogs learn how much force is to be applied when bite playing with each other. In a similar way, they can also learn when playing with humans.
How to Minimize Your Dog Nipping
In order to train your dog let him mouth on your palms and hands a bit strongly. When he bites you pretend as if you are badly hurt and make him understand that such behavior is not acceptable. Your dog will understand that and will stop mouthing at least for some duration of time. Repeat the above steps 2-3 times in 15 minutes time period.
One of the other methods that you may employ to train your dog is the time-out method. Time-outs can be an effective method to stop mouthing in adult and growing adolescent dogs. When your dog hard bites you yelp at him in a stern way. If your dog starts mouthing again just ignore him. Don’t look at him for the next 30-40 seconds. Now if he exhibits the same behavior repeatedly you need to master the art of deception.
Play with your dogs to exhaust out his energies so that he becomes calmer and wise. Stop play and yelp in response to moderate or hard bites. Play with your dog until he stops biting. When he does so repeat the above sequence. When your dog has stopped delivering hard bites on you it’s time to go further and change the rules a bit. In response to moderately hard bites yelp and stop playing with your pet. As those disappear, do this for his next hardest bites. Persist with him in the process of yelping and ignoring him until he stops biting completely.
5 Tips to Get Your Dog to Stop Bite Play You
As per the reports every year there are 4-5 million cases of dogs biting humans. The most common reasons include stress, illness, and other environmental factors. There are few tips listed below that will help your dog to grow into a safe and happy animal.
Start Early On
For most of the puppies biting each and everything that comes their way is normal. Puppy bite is natural for pups and is one of the ways for them to learn and explore things. It’s important that your dog learns at this stage that the human skin is not meant for biting as it is gentler. Training your pup at an early age to stop biting is easier as compared to an adult dog.
Avoid Stressful Situations
Every dog has a personality of its own and may behave differently in different situations. Your dog might feel threatened or stressed due to which he can bite other people. Sometimes your dog bites to save his territory from an invader which is an inherent characteristic in them. Providing a safe and secure environment to them is the most effective way to curb dog biting.
Besides acting as a population control mechanism, getting your dog neutered helps reduce control of their desire to bite. For male dogs, this helps reduce testosterone levels and leads to less aggression. Generally, male dogs should be neutered before they reach the age of eight weeks and female dogs before the start of the first heat cycle.
Learn Body Language
When a dog feels threatened, he may pounce upon someone that he considers a threat. To avoid such a situation you should learn the body language of the animal to know when they feel threatened. Some of the signs include shaking of the body, tucking tails between their rear legs, lowering their head, or an attempt to flee. Once you see that your dog is showing any of these body movements you must shift your dog to a place where they are at ease.
Safety is Important
If your dog still shows aggressive behavior, you may follow certain things to avoid being bitten. When a dog is standing in front of you don’t show any movement as they may perceive it as a threat and can bite you in self-defense. Just step away slowly from the Dog to avoid any conflict.
For the safety of yourself and the people around you, learn about the behavior and personality traits of your pet. The more you learn, the safer you and others will feel when playing with your dog. Besides that with some training and effort your dog will become a joyful well-mannered dog.
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