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Features February 2017 Issue

They Mouth and Nip and Bite.  We Mouth Off in Response. Neither Will Fly.

Many, but not all, dogs grow out of mouthing during puppyhood. Some dogs will mouth anything they can get their lips around.

They Mouth and Nip and Bite. We Mouth Off in Response. Neither Will Fly.

How to get your dog to keep his teeth off you and others without fraying your good relationship.

People have a pretty good sense of touch on their lips and around the face, to be sure. But most of our sense of touch is within our fingers. Itís exquisitely acute at the fingertips, in particular. A dog, on the other hand, could never use his paws for, say, reading Braille. The pressure receptors there just wouldnít be sensitive enough to distinguish all those little dots and other shapes; the skin is too thick. The pain and temperature receptors in his paws arenít terribly sensitive, either ó a good thing for an animal who doesnít wear shoes while walking over gravel and other uneven surfaces.

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