Learning to drive...

Now this may seem a strange post for a blog about dog behaviour but it will become clear why I chose this title as you read on.

This blog is about a puppy who is biting at 11 weeks old. Now you are even more confused about the title but patience dear reader.

I was asked to visit this puppy who lives in Ashby De La Zouch in Leicestershire. If you don’t know the area, Ashby is about 20 minutes from Leicester, 10 minutes from Coalville, 30 minutes from Burton on Trent and is close to the M42 motorway. Or search it on your favourite map app!

The puppy is a cross between a Springer and a Cocker spaniel and is, I have to admit, completely adorable. Very nice colours, super temperament and , of course, very intelligent.

She lives with a man, his wife and their daughter and their son. They have another daughter who visits regularly just so you can see the whole picture.

Driving? Keep reading.

There are very distinct differences between the people and how they interact with the puppy and the puppy gives them very different behaviours in return. She never bites the man yet she always bites the hands and clothes of the ladies and this was causing concern as they couldn’t understand why there was such a difference in the puppy’s behaviour.

An 11 week old puppy is still very much a baby and will have very few coping mechanisms.

An 11 week old puppy is wonderfully cute and endearing and this can provoke certain behavioural responses in certain people. I am not going to be generic as that is unfair, I only work with individuals and comment as I find. In this case there were very distinct differences in the male and female behaviours that were causing stress and confusion in the puppy, particularly in how attention was delivered and how frequently.

It is my opinion that puppies bite to explore and to control. If a puppy puts something in its mouth and applies pressure it is usually exploring and this might apply to you or your hand. If your hand remans calm and relaxed, your puppy will let go and do something else. If your hand rests and you tell your puppy off, i.e. give it attention and movement, your puppy will be stimulated towards your hand.

In addition, if our hands deliver high speed, excitable attention to our puppy, your puppy is far more likely to bite you because he has had enough and wants you to stop but we are having fun and think the puppy must also be enjoying the fuss so we continue and thus ignore the puppy’s attempt to communicate.

We don’t always do what is best for our dog or puppy, instead we often do what makes us feel good. There needs to be a balance so we meet everyones needs and this is where I can be of the greatest help as I teach you to understand life from your dogs point of view.

We can then change our behaviour in order to give our dog or puppy the best environment and this results in much happier and calmer dogs.

I teach you how to drive your own behaviour so you can be in balance with your dog. Give me a call for a chat 01530 242209.

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