|Barked: Thu Dec 6, '12 5:10pm PST |
|You're probably not doing it right, but of course "right" in your case doesn't have an application (meaning you are not going for the spit out response) as you are looking for mouth receptiveness. There is a reflexive response of dogs to turn their heads to the side and wiggle their jaw (not close) in response to expelling the object. Pressing on the tongue (with an index finger) also naturally is pushing the tongue farther back in the mouth, an uncomfortable pre-gag sensation, so all they'll want to do it expel, not chomp. As noted, it is reflexive and pretty quickly discourages hand chomping by making it unpleasant.
I went ahead and filmed THIS video to describe. Of course not precise, as here you are forcing your hand into the dog's mouth, which is sort of harassing, whereas for puppy he's put your mouth in his hand and you are offering an unpleasant sensation to override his state of drive. But this response is no fail...the dog's response is reflexive and makes them think twice about the joys of hand chomping. Unless you have a Giant Schnauzer, who learns to put the hand but not the fingers in
You will note after doing this she has no problem moving back into my hand. This is an English....very soft dog. Still seeking contact. Jumped off the bed to frolic after I finished filming. I also filmed a very different dog, a Pit foster who is huge jawed and also high energy. You'll see in him a mirrored response....head to the side, trying to jaw the finger out. No worse for wear. That video, for mirrored response, is HERE
The question may come up...isn't this teaching a puppy to be resistant of a hand in his mouth? That's actually a good question, if one were thinking it. I am just anticipating
Generally speaking, most dogs will typically associate this with mouthing your hand. Certainly, it's not much more than harassing to open their mouths and push your finger down. I've pilled the setter so know she's fine, and the Pit tolerates anything, because he's a Pit and as a "person" just a real good guy For a puppy, they are usually stimulated and will associate this with their own action, and of course do as I do....stroke their muzzle after slowly to reaffirm the benefits of your touch. This sort of response would (hopefully) go in tandem with them (puppies) being conditioned to having their mouth handled....tooth brushing, lifting their lips with praise and rewards during the handling process. When comfortable with that, they should let you open and close their mouths...again, praise and rewards. And then build tolerance/acceptance for a finger sliding in, emulating pill giving. I think, incidentally, these vids show having a finger on a tongue is not too comfortable. I always pill avoiding the tongue generally, which is a very touch sensitive body part.
I've yet to have a puppy suffer from the mixed messages, as these are two different actions. Puppies are usually in happy mode when mouthing your hand, and in WTF mode when you are handling their mouths for inspection, so the processes do differ (the priming of the dog, so to speak) and the associations along with them.
Edited by author Thu Dec 6, '12 5:12pm PST
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