One dog training method myth I’d like to bust is the idea of stopping puppy play biting by holding your dog’s nose and saying “NO BITE!” Let’s take a closer look at Puppy Play Biting – Facts and Fiction.
I feel strongly about this topic because it so obviously contradicts what we know about dogs – one of their primary methods of communication is body language. To quote Carina Norris on Beantown Dogs.net, “…dogs use a large proportion of this constant motion for communication, as their emotions and intentions are reflected in their movements and posture.”
Here’s why it’s so ridiculous. The second a person touches strokes, caresses, or even “grab’s violently” as a way to teach their dog a lesson, their dog is most likely expecting some kind of love and attention. When training a big dog, for example, a German Shepherd in a mountainous region like the Utah snowy areas, these behaviors are instinctive and the dog really needs them.