A muzzle punch can be distance increasing behavior saying “get away from me!” or an attention seeking behavior or a herding behavior but it can also be a potential precursor to a bite, so it is a concerning behavior.
To prevent this, you will want to PREVENT triggers, PROVIDE mental stimulation and REDIRECT unwanted behavior!
Here are a few tips;
- Make sure your puppy is getting enough rest. Puppies should be getting at least 18 hours of sleep per day. A tired puppy can get “cranky” and can lead to mouthing and biting behavior
- Provide mental stimulation toys such as a buster food cube, kibble nibble ball, licky matt or snuffle matt. You can find a list of recommended pet toys here: https://trulyforcefree.com/all-products/affiliate-products/
- You can toss, hide treats, or get created and have a easter egg hunt
- This treat will need to be something of “high value” for your dog and something they absolutely love. My dogs favorite treat is the Lamb RedBarn Food Log.
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