Is your puppy a biter?  Puppies have needle-sharp teeth which is why puppy owners often become alarmed when their new pet begins biting.  The new pet parent then spends an inordinate amount of time trying to make their puppy stop.  What they should really be teaching their new four-legged family member is how to bite gently.

Here at Needham Canine Creche, we follow a philosophy that was presented by Dr Ian Dunbar.  “Puppy biting is a completely normal behaviour.  Play-biting is how they learn to develop bite inhibition, which is absolutely crucial for adulthood,” said Arrin Crain, co-owner.  At Needham Canine Creche’s bi-monthly puppy party they discuss and give a handout on Dr Dunbar’s 4-step approach to puppy biting.

In order to create a balanced, well-behaved adult dog, puppy owners must be extremely conscientious about socialisation and training. There is nothing more important in raising a healthy, well-adjusted dog than ensuring he/she is thoroughly socialised and receives basic obedience training, at a minimum.  Julie Edmonds, co-owner shares, “We had two lovely miniature schnauzers attend a puppy party at 12 weeks of age, who were petrified to leave their mother’s side and of meeting other puppies.  This behaviour would have led to separation anxiety and possibly snapping and biting as adult dogs.  Their mother, Sarah Miller, was wonderful.  She recognised the importance of getting her pups socialised and more confident and now a few weeks later they race into creche on a weekly basis looking forward to seeing their dog friends of all sizes.  The transformation has been immense!”


  Needham Canine Creche has over 8,000 square feet with multiple playrooms.  This allows the dogs to be grouped into different play-styles and energy levels making each dog can feel comfortable and confident and really thrive.  They also offer positive training which is reinforced throughout the creche day.  “We create an environment where our entire team understands the importance of carrying forward good manners and healthy stimulation and where socialisation and balanced play are crucial in puppi-hood through to adulthood,” says Arrin Crain.  It is reassuring to know that you don’t have to raise your puppy completely by yourself but instead can have tremendous support.