Post edited 2:52 pm – July 22, 2009 by Administrator
Answer: Thanks for submitting your question. It’s not likely that your puppy is aggressive. Katie is treating your son as a puppy playmate. Have you ever watched puppies playing together? They are a riot! They jump, mount, growl, bite, mouth, tumble, roll, nip, bark and chase. That’s the only way they know how to interact. Play-biting occurs when some of these normal, play behaviors are directed at human body parts and clothing. Yikes, those needle teeth are sharp!
It’s normal for all puppies to play bite, but the behavior should be decreasing at 6 months. In most situations, play biting by older pups is the consequence of our choices of play activities when they were younger.
Your pup’s play-biting behaviors are due to miscommunications. I’m guessing earlier play involved your son being on the floor with Katie. Play consisted of some versions of tumbling, rolling, handling, hugging, et cetera.
When children or adults exchange their two legged stances for four-on-the-floor kneeling, tumbling and handling, young puppies get the impressions that we play just like their canine playmates. As the puppies grow larger and more coordinated, canine play behaviors can become a real nuisance.
Teaching Katie to play nicely is only one-half of your goal. You’ll need to teach your son how to interact with Katie as well.
Kids (and adults) should avoid wrestling and tumbling with puppies. Instead, play games like hide-n-seek, fetch, find the treat, sit, down, and heel. And of course, adults should always supervise kids and dogs.
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