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Why Is My Puppy Worse Than Others?

Some puppies are worse play-biters than others. If your puppy has a bad play-biting habit, it helps to understand where it might have come from.



Puppies kept in a restricted environment with little exercise and stimulation are likely to play-bite more than others. 


Puppies that have left the litter later than 8 weeks of age will have had more time to practice play-biting siblings. 


Terriers, such as Jack Russells, tend to get very excited during play and can bite hard as a result.  Some breeds, particularly terriers, are bred to have a low pain threshold  so they bite harder when playing in the litter and this is then transferred to humans when they go to their new home. 


Some breeds of dog, such as the bull breeds, have broad heads and, hence, a larger area for jaw muscle attachment than narrow-headed puppies, so they are able to bite harder.


Puppies of breeds bred to work are often enthusiastic players and their biting can get out of hand as they find a way to release their energy, particularly if they are usually kept in confinement where there is little to do. 


Play biting usually gets worse with age as the puppy becomes more practiced, and their jaws strengthen.  Puppies that have a lot of unsupervised play with young children often become confirmed play-biters because of the opportunity to practice and the lack of appropriate training.




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