Why does my puppy bite my other dogs neck?

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Q. My German Shepherd likes to put his mouth around the necks of other dogs.

He doesn't bite, but other owners say it's aggressive behavior.

Dog play often involves behaviors similar to those canines use in aggressive encounters, such as chasing and jumping on another dog, mouthing and growling.

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It's likely that their human parents didn't teach them how to be gentle or to chew toys instead.

Most mouthing is normal dog behavior.

But some dogs bite out of fear or frustration, and this type of biting can indicate problems with aggression.

Most of the time, an aggressive dog's body will look stiff.

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Affection and Grooming.

Some dogs will groom each other by gently nibbling at the back and ears of each other.

By pulling his teeth through the fur of another dog, a dog will help groom the other, showing trust and affection.

This is a self-soothing habit that your dog may have learned as a puppy.

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When puppies play with each other, they use their mouths.

Therefore, puppies usually want to bite or "mouth" hands during play or when being petted.

With puppies, this is rarely aggressive behavior in which the intent is to do harm.

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It's likely that their human parents didn't teach them how to be gentle or to chew toys instead.

Most mouthing is normal dog behavior.

But some dogs bite out of fear or frustration, and this type of biting can indicate problems with aggression.

Most of the time, an aggressive dog's body will look stiff.

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Scratching can indicate a presence of ear mites, dry skin or fleas, but it can also alert a dog owner to more serious conditions that need to be attended to.

One of my dogs has a severe reaction to fleas.

Flea allergy dermatitis is an allergic reaction to the saliva of the biting flea.

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It's likely that their human parents didn't teach them how to be gentle or to chew toys instead.

Most mouthing is normal dog behavior.

But some dogs bite out of fear or frustration, and this type of biting can indicate problems with aggression.

Most of the time, an aggressive dog's body will look stiff.

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When puppies play with each other, they use their mouths.

Therefore, puppies usually want to bite or "mouth" hands during play or when being petted.

With puppies, this is rarely aggressive behavior in which the intent is to do harm.

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