Welsh Corgi Pembroke puppy bites your arms and legs painfully. What to do?

Welsh Corgi Pembroke puppy bites your arms and legs painfully. What to do?

The most logical answer is that this is how your puppy plays. And it really does. No, it’s not "herding" you, but exactly playing, because for a puppy it is a natural process of learning the world through his mouth. Just like a baby. When playing puppies develop physically and mentally, learn to move, hunt prey, defend it, and also learn to communicate with humans.

Why does biting hurt? Because dogs have a very different threshold of sensitivity compared to humans. Small, sharp baby teeth, like needles, can't cause serious injury, but can be very painful for us.
‘Is it possible to make a puppy not bite?’ Is it possible for a human child to play without touching anything with hands and taking everything in mouth? A dog's mouth is its main organ of interaction with the world around it. It is important to teach your dog to control the force of its’ jaw clenching.

What to do or different strategies and their consequences

Establishing a strict ban. Various options are offered: strictly say "Stop!", bite the puppy back, slap him with a newspaper, a slipper, etc. Depending on the character of your Welsh Corgi Pembroke puppy, there may be following consequences:

- your puppy will refuse to play with people at all because it got hurt at the most interesting moment. Your puppy will realize his need to play by destroying your place or will run away from you to other dogs as soon as the opportunity arises;

- your puppy will take the punishment as an extension of play and will begin to play harder, eventually inflicting full-blown injuries, because puppy is growing and getting stronger.

The same goes for the advice to squeal, slam a newspaper or a slipper loudly. A sensitive puppy will get frightened and won’t trust you anymore, but a tough one will do more to provoke you into doing something it thinks is fun, or will become over-excited and will eventually lose control over itself.


Ignoring. You'll often hear the advice that you should stop playing with your puppy the very moment it bites you. In reality, no one can stop playing the same second they got bitten. Even if the person freezes, a puppy continues to play and bite. The person pushes the puppy away and for a puppy the game continues, as there is no connection in puppy’s mind between a painful bite and the end of the game. To a puppy, the human's behavior looks like this: we were playing nicely, and then the human acted strangely and the game ended. This technique is probably only suitable to cats, who leave a puppy no chance to continue the game with a sharp jump somewhere upwards.


Switching. Switch to a toy. What happens? As soon as your puppy comes to play, you accept the invitation, but on the condition that a puppy is not hanging on your leg, but on a rubber duck or a rag rope. After a while your puppy will understand that it will only be played with when using a toy, it will look for the toy itself and offer to play with it. Stock up on a large variety of toys that you will use as a shield.


‘Can we play with our bare hands?’ You can, but first your puppy has to learn how to play with toys. Don't be afraid to show your puppy that you are hurt. Dogs are great at understanding human emotions and the more vividly you express them, the faster a Welsh Corgi Pembroke puppy will learn to understand you. In a puppy pack, they also learn to control their bite force by looking at the behavior of a fellow puppy. Don't yank your hand away, but relax it so it doesn't hurt and might make your puppy lose interest, especially if you keep your hand in its’ mouth for a moment while it tries to spit it out.

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