Saturday, 12 July 2014

Siberian Saturday - Huskies are mouthy!

Hi guys!
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.
You can join too! Just use the linky codes below this post.


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.

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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.
Why?

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.
Why?

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!

Why?

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!

Why?

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.
Mistake!

Why?

 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!
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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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48 comments:

  1. I like to stick my hand in Shiner's mouth sometimes lol. We kinda play like that but she doesn't hurt me and is gentle with me.

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    1. I know, and I play that way with Lexus sometimes too. I think though, as long as you train them with not biting while they are young, then once they are older, we can easily play with them through their mouth because they know the boundaries at this point.

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  2. I am so glad that you chose Siberian Saturday! I love the name ♥ The photo of the puppies is just too darn precious! Another reminder is to never strike your puppy. It only succeeds in teaching them to fear you and your hand. I want a puppy! BOL!!

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    1. Your absolutely right MK! It is the worst thing when people think to slap their puppies for these reasons or any reason for that matter. When really, puppy nipping is absolutely normal for them to go through. It is up to us to correct the behavior, not punish for it.
      Glad you like the title! When Kelly said that, I knew it was pawfect!
      I want a puppy too :(
      P.S I am going to add that to this post, thank you!

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  3. Mouthy husky! Eskies can be mouthy too :) Happy Sepia Saturday!

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    1. No doubt about it! Happy sepia Saturday my furry pal!

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  4. What a great title to your Saturday blogpost :-)

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  5. Hi Y'all!

    Love "Siberian Saturday"...actually gives me a chill even though it is late summer.

    That bit with putting a "chewable toy" in our mouth works to keep us from chewing on your furniture and "stuff".

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. Thanks!! BOL to your summer chills ;)
      Glad these tips work for you too!

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  6. Fabulous tips, Jenna! I was just talking to someone about this the other day.

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  7. Love the name! Glad it was suggested. Have a great day!

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  8. We've been really lucky to not have very mouthy puppies. Atka wouldn't even chew on our fingers if we put them in his mouth. Mauja went through a short mouthing phase, but she got over it very quickly. Love the new name, by the way!

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    1. Ahh, lucky you!
      Thanks for dropping by, and i'm glad you like the new name!

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  9. Very good information on The Bitey. Cats are similar and Dad used the same approach with us and recently Einstein. He really checks everything out with a nip and if he is too rough day goes Owwwwchie!
    MOL
    Einstein then looks at him and gives a lick to the bitten part A smart little fellow
    PS
    Trouble the linky today but I will try again

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    1. Oh, that's cool that the same thing works for kitties!!!
      Adorable that Einstein licks afterwards :)
      Hmmm....not sure why your having linky issues? Hopefully it works for you later!

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  10. Great tips and advice!! We are still working on some of this with Arty!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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    1. Thanks so much! Hopefully some of these will help with Arty!

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  11. This is great advice! That was exactly the technique we used with Luke, and it worked. Now occasionally he will still want to mouth my hand, but he doesn't bite down hard!
    Love that we can now add photos to your signs....great addition to those!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Glad it worked for you too!
      Lexus will still put her mouth on my hands, but I think once they are past the point of biting to hard, and understand their boundaries, then it's ok to play that way.

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    2. PS....almost forgot to say I love "Siberian Saturday"....that was a great idea by Kelly!

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    3. Thanks!!!! I know, I knew it was pawfect as soon as she said that!

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  12. I wuvwuvwuv your title! Maybe I should do a Mal Monday! Woooooowooooooooooooo!

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    1. Yes! I agree!!! That would be pawsome!!!! We should connect our forces some day!

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  13. Siberian Saturday! Pure genius! Love it!

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    1. I know right?! Thanks Caren! The second I saw that comment, I knew that was the pawfect title!

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  14. Definitely a great name choice, and fantastic tips! I've been super lucky not to have mouthy dogs of my own, but have certainly encountered a few through volunteering.

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    1. Thanks! i thought so too!
      And lucky you!!

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  15. We agree Siberian Saturday is perfect for your Saturday posts. This was very informative on how to stop a pup from biting. We are sure it will come in handy to many who are training their young dogs not to bite.

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    1. Thanks so much! And i'm glad you like the name!
      I thought it was just pawfect!

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  16. Love the new Saturday name ... you are right, it is perfect. Great tips to help teach pups not to bite. The pictures of Lexus are adorable ... what a face :)

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    1. Thanks! I thought so too!
      Her face is just priceless. The expressions that come out of her sometimes are pawsome!!

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  17. Great tips about the nipping. Thanks for sharing. I think your new title is absolutely perfect for your blog and it's catchy too!

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    1. Thanks!
      I know! As soon as I read that comment from kelly, a light bulb went off!

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  18. You are getting so good with graphics! TW is wondering if those tricks will work with me. She already stops playing the moment I bite. She’s started spraying me with water.

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    1. EEK! The dreaded water bottle? Oh CK, I am just so sorry to hear that! ;)
      Actually in one of the other comments, someone was saying they use this with their cats!

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  19. love your new name, I was like "hey where did that come from, that wasn't a choice". lol great topic and information. Love all the photos the first one of the puppy biting the big ones cheek was too darn cute.

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    1. Thanks!
      hahaha!!! I know! And I hope nobody is offended! I really liked Pack Talk and All things Husky, but Siberian Saturday just seemed to stand out at me!
      I do truly appreciate everyones opinion though, and I was thinking on maybe making a different day of the week for one of those titles. I just have to make sure I can always have some super good husky topics at least twice a week. And...well...living with 3 of them.....that shouldn't be a problem!

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  20. Good tips! Funny pictures!

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  21. Thanks for the tips! Bichons are not for everyone either...they are bred to be companion animals and that is why so many of them end up in rescue. They just don't get it. I expect it is probably similar with Siberians! I LOVE the title...Siberian Saturday...has a great ring to it!

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    1. Thanks :)
      I did not know that about Bichons.
      Thanks for dropping by!

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  22. Mummy and daddy were late learning this lesson. They would say 'no' if I nipped and it was only after I'd started training class they found out about the crying thing. It worked in no time!

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    1. Yea, the crying thing works great, dand makes so much sense when you think of it, as you are acting as a pup, and speaking their language kinda thing, so that they realize, woah, I've gone to far!

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  23. In my khase, mouthy means I have much to say - with my paws!

    Mom's sekhond Sibe - Kyrye - the one I reminded her of when we furst met in Aug 2006 - used to want to just mouth her - she think it was the taste of HUMOM that attrakhted her!

    Mom knows from some of her transports that some do like to mouth and share their shark teeth!

    We hope all is well UP there!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra
    PeeEssWoo: We've got pikhtures of one of our favourite birdies on SUNday's post!

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    1. Ahh, yep, it must have been the taste of humom, I agree!! Haha!
      Headed over to check out your post shortly! Thanks for the heads up, and thanks for stopping by the blog today! Always nice to see you pop in :)

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