Happy Saturday :)
So.....whatcha think of my new Saturday title?
For the past two Saturday's I have been torn between using the title "Pack talk" and "All things Husky," but then someone in my comments made the most PAWfect suggestion!
I am sending a shout out to Kelly from the blog
Kelly's Dog Blog.
THANK YOU for the suggestion "Siberian Saturday!" I love it!
Thanks to everyone who voted on the other two titles as well, but I just couldn't resist this one!
Anyhoo, moving on, we are joining Ruckus the Eskie for his Sepia Saturday Blog hop.
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Today's husky fun fact :
Huskies are MOUTHY!
No, I don't mean mouthy, as in, they talk back (although Koda talks back to me on a daily basis!)
No, what we mean is, puppy nipping!
Yes, I realize that all breeds are "mouthy" when they are pups, and that is why this post is also relevant to all other pup breeds as well, however when it comes to husky puppies, for whatever reason, they seem to nip more then others.
This is most likely due to their high prey drive, and/or high energy levels, which tops out over some other breeds. Today, I am going to share Three common mistakes most humans make, when it comes to teaching your pup not to bite.
First, let me say, I am not going to waste your time to much by going over "ways to teach your puppy not to bite," because let's face it, i'm sure you have heard it all!
Let's do a quick recap instead :
- When puppy bites, make a high pitched yelping sound to teach them to let go.
When puppies are still with their mother at a very young age, they learn a ton of things from their litter mates and their mother. One major thing they learn, is, when they nip their siblings to hard, they will let out a very loud high pitched yelp. This tells the puppy to let go. Therefore, by you making this noise, your puppy will realize they have gone to far.
- When your puppy nips you, get up and walk away.
Your puppy desperately wants you attention, and has a need to play with you.
When you remove yourself from them, in the middle of play time (due to them nipping you) this is the worst possible scenario for your pup. Once they realize, oh when I bite skin, my human leaves my side, then they will learn that this behavior is unwanted.
The above photo shows Lexus (more then willingly) taking a photo for this post, biting my hand. ;)
2 common mistakes people make while teaching their puppy not to bite skin :
The two tips I shared above, will work, BUT have a much quicker, and lasting effect when you DO NOT make these mistakes!
#1 There you are, playing with your husky, when she nips you. You immediately make a high pitch yelping noise, and continue to play as soon as she lets go. Mistake!
The fact that your puppy is biting you at that moment means that they are getting to excited.
As soon as you continue to play, they will just nip again.
What to do?
The second your puppy nips your skin, make a high pitched yelp noise, and always have a toy on hand to provide to your pup. Replace your hand with the toy. This shows the puppy what they are suppose to be chewing on. Be sure to praise your puppy every time they chew on their toys.
If you find that your puppy is just to excited at the moment, and continues to go for your hand and not the toy provided, then it is best to walk away. This will give both your skin, and the pup, a break!
#2 Allowing your puppy to chew on your hands while they are very small. Mistake!
Many people (including myself) will often make the mistake of allowing their brand new pup to chew on their hands, and think it's just the cutest thing. It doesn't hurt so much . . . yet!
By allowing your puppy to do this at a young age, you have already formed a very bad habit!
They do grow up! I mean . . duh, but a lot of people aren't thinking about those consequences while the pup is young!
You don't want chompers like these biting down on your hand, right?
Not so cute when their teeth look like that!
Thank you to Koda, for modeling his pearly whites for us!
While it is doable, it is much harder to teach an older dog to stop nipping, then it is to teach a young pup.
#3 Your puppy bites you, and your first instinct might be to slap their nose.
By hitting your puppy, you are simply teaching them to fear you, rather then respect and love you. You may find slapping your pups nose to be a quick fix at that time, but what your really doing, is destroying your puppies confidence and trust in you, their pack leader. And let's face it, its just plain mean!
Husky puppies can make a great addition to your family, but please remember, this is a special breed, and will not do well with a first time dog owner.
For more info on Siberian Huskies and their personality, see my "Are huskies for you?" page.
Thank you Lexus, the post is over, you can stop biting my hand now!
I found this video on YouTube you are free to check it out. It shows a young husky pup, and her mom, playing, and sharing tips on how to stop puppy nipping.
That's all for us today, enjoy the rest of your weekend, and see you Monday!
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