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Why does my dog mouth me?

If you've ventured into the world of puppyhood you're probably asking 'why does my dog mouth me?'. Dogs use their mouths to explore the world around them. It’s a perfectly natural behaviour for them but should be corrected as a puppy.

4 reasons dogs mouth you

Here are 4 reasons as to why your dog could be mouthing you.

  • Playing
  • Teething
  • Showing affection
  • Seeking attention

If your dog mouths you they’re likely just being playful, but this behaviour can frustrating, or even slightly painful when done by adult dogs. It can occur when a dog hasn’t been taught bite inhibition but some dog breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Beagles can be mouthier than others due to their genetic makeup.

Puppy chewing on Omlet’s Topology Puppy Bed Quilted Topper.

Mouthing in puppies

If you’ve got a mouthy puppy, first, ensure that they’re physically and mentally stimulated. You should then correct this behaviour by using chew toys for dogs to redirect your puppy’s chewing

Dog mouthing - how to stop it

To stop dogs mouthing you can use a chew stick or toy as a substitute for what they usually mouth i.e. you. You should also encourage play that doesn’t involve physical contact with you or anyone else such as tug of war and instead go for a game of fetch. If your dog is prone to mouthing your hands, turn your back or move away when they do so. Fold your arms so your hands are tucked away to avoid any confusion with gesturing for your dog.

Omlet dog care

At Omlet, we’re pet people. And just like you, we’re always looking for ways to become closer to our furry and feathered friends. Choose from our extensive range of dog beds, ideal for dogs who explore with their mouths, puppy beds, dogs cooling mats, dog blankets and more to best find the products to bring you closer to your pup.

Golden Retrievers are notorious for being a mouthy dog breed.

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