Main Navigation

Managing mouthing in dogs

Mouthy dogs routinely grab at people using their mouths without causing injury. This often happens during play, exercise, and whenever they are overexcited. While puppies under five months tend to explore the world with their mouths, dogs past this age are considered adolescents and should no longer be play biting.

Follow these guidelines to teach your dog to be gentle with his mouth:

This material is copyright of Animal Humane Society and can only be used with written permission.