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help with "mouthing"?

October 4th, 2003, 12:47 AM
My kids and I often went to our local shelter where they pick up stray dogs and cats and try to find their owners before adopting the animals out. We walked dogs and hoped to find a good dog for our family lifestyle. We were very lucky when we found Bandit who needed a home! He's a wonderful family pet and the vet says our ****zu cross (with a lapso) is about 2.
Our only trouble with his behaviour is his mouthing he does. It doesn't hurt but we can't let him do this. He does it mainly when he's excited - like getting ready for a walk when we're getting his leash on and other times when I'm brushing him or drying his paws after a long walk.

Lucky Rescue
October 4th, 2003, 11:20 AM
This kind of mouthing is most often seen in younger puppies, but maybe your dog was never taught that this is unacceptable. Many people allow small dogs to get away with things they would not allow a big dog to do.

I would start teaching him not to mouth as I would teach a puppy. Here is a very good article that should help!
Nipping and mouthing (

October 5th, 2003, 11:54 AM
Thank-you very much for the article. I know he's gentle but I agree that teeth on skin can't be allowed and although he seems well trained in other areas, this habit was one that we're working on. I appreciate your input! :D

October 28th, 2003, 03:32 PM
Thanks for that article as well

The rescue pup that I have is doing the same thing

she is about 10 months old and a big pointer pup so she can be 'strong' and silly.

Thx again