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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 4 - Overstimulated

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 4 - Overstimulated

Puppies explore the world through their mouths, just like human babies.  And just like human babies, they can become overstimulated - when this happens, they can get very bitey, and it can be difficult to calm them. What is overstimulation? Overstimulation is when the brain is so 'wired' that the puppy just can't relax. This can lead to ongoing issues, so it's really important to make sure your puppy gets plenty of down time. Dogs relax and sleep for up to 18 hours each day, and at least 12 hours are in deep sleep. Your puppy needs even more than...

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Your Dogs Tail

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Your Dogs Tail

How much notice do you take of your dogs tail? Other than grabbing your drink before it gets swept off the coffee table, you might not have given it much thought. I know when I got my first dog, I didn't give it much thought at all. Did you know that unlike humans, dogs don't have a set number of bones in ther body? The average number is 319, but the actual number can be a few either side of this, and that's all because of their tail. The longer the tail, the more bones the dog has! And if you...

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 2 Bored

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 2 Bored

 Here is Part 2 of our bite sized breakdown into why puppies bite.  Puppies bite because they're bored Puppies have a really short attention span – and just like a cranky toddler, once they get bored, they start looking for mischief. Now that mischief can take many forms, but a lot will involve their teeth. Whether they are chomping down on your fingers or toes, or they've found a cushion to destuff, the reason is the same, and so is the solution.  How do you stop your puppy being bored? Enrichment activities are your friend here. Here are a few different enrichment...

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 1 - Tired

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 1 - Tired

Your adorable little puppy has landed, and you've just found out they have teeth like needles. There are several reasons why puppies bite, so let's break this down into "bite sized" pieces.  Your Puppy Bites Because He Is Tired Puppies bite when they are tired. Puppies actually need a lot more rest than you probably realise, and once they are overtired, just like two-legged kids, they can get cranky.  How Much Sleep Do Puppies Need? When your puppy comes to you at 8 - 10 weeks of age, he will need around 20 hours rest each day. Most people understimate this...

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