“A puppy that is growing is like a blank sheet where there is a lot of room to write”
The environment and experience leave everlasting traces on dogs. For this reason, it is essential to be painstaking in your writing of the black sheet to ensure your dog develops correctly and well-balanced.
A fundamental step in the process of development is to learn how to correctly employ the nozzle.
For dogs the nozzle represents a tool they employ to learn about the world, hierarchy and limits. You can resort to games for this purpose.
During games, your dog learns to control their energy and strength. They learn to dominate and to give in. They learn to solve conflictive situations in a pacific way.
When a puppy does not learn how to deal with the nozzle, they may find it difficult to deal with their peers because they are not able to communicate. In other words, they could develop problems of basic communication.
Bite control represents an important factor in the relationship with other dogs. Knowing how to control the bite means that they have learned to use and control the strength of the bite.
Much as it may seem simple, this is one of the most important processes in the life of a dog.
You should consider the size of a dog and remember, undoubtedly, that a large dog has a very strong bite being a hunter.
The critical learning curves
There is a deadline for a puppy to learn how to correctly use their nozzles and it is actually possible until they are four or four and a half months old. After this age, it becomes more complex for a puppy to learn.
If your dog spends time with their siblings, it will be easier for them to instinctively learn this mechanism. The natural learning mechanism follows the concept that an action may have positive or negative consequences.
If the consequences are positive, the animal will reinforce that behavior (positive reinforcement), however, if the consequences are negative, they will stop (negative punishment). It may happen that while a puppy is playing, they may bite another one hard. Immediately after this, the other one will whine and stop playing. Right there and then, your puppy will learn that if they bite too hard, playtime will stop. If they are not too violent, they will be able to continue playing and their advice will surely be helpful.