Change the trainer. Such training, which is very aversive could make your pup do things out od fear, or refuse to do things in future, or be hesitant when told to do something you tell him. I believe you don't want your dog to feel uncomfortable and do thing like a robot. Dog should do requasted things with joy, not out of fear and he will not do them happily if he's whiped into a position or forced phisically which he finds uncomfortable ot threatening. Patience is necessary, some dogs get it sooner, some later.
Originally Posted by Spuddy
Dogs use their mouth a lot when they communicate with one another. Through play they learn how to inhibit their bite when they're young. If they don't that is a problem, because more experienced dog, or a dog they interact will clearly let them know when they bite to hard and that may escalate into a fight. When my dogs play, teeth are allover the place. All you can see are their open jaws and you can hear a lot of different growling, mowning noises. When dogs get into a fight, believe it or not most bites are in the air, snapping around ones face rather than actually grabbing. Many times dogs just have wet fur around their necks and face without any open wounds, and scratches or eye injuries are accidents. Stable dogs will never fight to injure one another seriously. I am not saying that fights can't escalate to something much more serious.
my next question is, the same pup, when he play fights with his brother he starts to snap his jaw, he doesnt actually bite his brother he will just stand there snapping his teeth together as if to say "yeh look at my teeth" sometimes he will even just be looking around at the ground or up at the sky and he will start snapping. However, when he first went to puppy school he was hopeless with other dogs, very scared. Now he thinks his the king and he will bark and walk up to dogs 3 times the size of him and sniff and then do his little snappy thing.
Your dog is not fighting, it's just his way of communicating and probably inviting for a play.
Last edited by Fedra; 12-11-2010 at 09:11 PM.
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