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Q: Is playful biting ok?

August 9, 2008 | By Jessica | 9 answers | Expired: 2221 days ago

Jessica

My 8 month old border collie puppy likes to chew on my hands. It doesn't really hurt. I know he is just a puppy and is in that stage where he chews everything, but should I continue to let him chew on my hands or should I stop him?

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Anonymous

Aug 14, 2008

Although as a puppy dogs nip and bite you don't want him to see your hands as toys or things to bite. Redirect him by giving him a toy to chew on. This behavior won't magically stop as he ages so you need to teach him to chew on appropriate things. Good luck!

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Melissa and Bossie F.
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Aug 09, 2008

My 4 month old pit bull doest that too. I tell him no when he does it becasue his bite is going to get stronger and it could possible hurt someone.

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Julie Kay S.
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Aug 12, 2008

It's a good thing to consider that young teeth are sprouting and that chewing/biting can be rooted in that teething time of life. I rubbed a bit of OraJel on Wiggles' gums and he immediately relaxed and went to sleep, free of the pain of teething for awhile. DON'T put it on the tongue or anyplace but the gum area where the teeth are erupting.

Certainly, biting is not to be allowed or encouraged, but with a young dog that's teething, it's a good possibility that part of the problem is coming from teething.

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