from Bite Inhibition--an Essential Part of Socialization.Bite inhibition is a learned response in which the dog consciously inhibits the full force of his biting ability. Most dogs display bite inhibition when they are playing together, and even when engaging in a fight with another dog. If a dog does not have bite inhibition, he could injure and possibly even kill another dog.
Puppies who are properly socialized learn bite inhibition while nursing and playing. When pups bite while nursing, the mother dog will train them by standing up and walking away. When pups bite too hard during play with siblings, the bitten pup will yelp and stop playing with the rough pup. Or the bitten sibling might leap up and knock the rough-housing pup over with a loud bark or growl. This teaches a puppy that playtime ends if he bites too hard.[/b]
Hope you've read up about the bread in detail, else you are in for a BIG shock. Especially as most of your time will be focused on the toddler rather than a tiny puppy.On thursday i'm off to buy my first basset. He will be barely 6 weeks old. Any advice for a first time owner? we (me, my husband, and our 19month little girl) are very excited he's really cute.[/b]