One way that dogs discipline one another is to use their mouth—they don’t clench, so it’s not actually a bite, they just put their teeth on another dog. All dogs (especially puppies) respond to this method of discipline because it is so instinctual. We can use this instinctual response as a powerful training technique. “Bite” or “jab” your fingers at your dog’s hip or shoulder area. Use a firm touch with calm leadership. Your dog should respond by turning toward you or putting his ears back submissively. You can use the “touch” to get your dogs’ attention or correct your dog from fixating. Try it out! Remember to stay calm and lead your dog.

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