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Q: Is playful biting ok?

August 9, 2008 | By Jessica | 9 answers | Expired: 2164 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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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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Bob C.
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Aug 13, 2008

I would nip that behavior in the bud. Usually a loud ouch will stop the behavior. I work with pit bulls and own 3 and any biting of the hand or feet is not allowed. We get alot of dogs in our shelter because of their playful biting.

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Kim H.
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Aug 13, 2008

Play biting is ok with me, and by play that means it does not hurt. I usually grab a toy and start to play with the animal so he knows that you can bite a toy. When they would bite w/o play they get told no bite, and usually always stop. You just have to have consistency and be firm.

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Stephanie  C.
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Aug 13, 2008

Decide what you can live with. Serious biting is of course, a no-no. But in my breed, biters are rare. We tell our young dogs to 'play nice' and not bite too hard. Some play biting is allowed, like love-nipping, as long as they know the limits. If they overstep the limits, they are seriously reprimanded.
Good Luck!

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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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Sidney447
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Aug 10, 2008

No, it is not okay. He shouldn't bite anyone for any reason, even if you think he's going to grow out of it. One thing to keep in mind is that border collies can be a snappy/ nippy breed (that's their job!!!), so you definitly want to stop any bad biting habits before they start.

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Marta J.
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Aug 10, 2008

Absolutely stop. As a pack leader you need to set boundries and limits on whatever your dog does. That is for the rest of his life. He looks to you for guidance. Like Kari said, squeal and stop the play. If he likes to use his mouth, give him proper toys he can chew on. Discipline is very important. Trust me he will love you for it.

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Kari H.
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Aug 09, 2008

You should get him to stop now, because if you don't teach them while they are young they learn that its okay and they do it when they are much older and stronger and it may become a serious problem. To teach them not to do it, when she chews on your hand make a high pitched squeal Or cry sound and quickly pull your hand away.

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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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