Although this topic was mentioned under the “Behavior” link, it’s worthy of it’s own mention. Randy is the Featured Breeder of the South African Boerboel in the Dogs USA Annual. In his article he states that “those interested in protection or bite work need not inquire.”
Randy does not believe in nor does he promote bite work of any kind in this breed. The Boerboel is by its’ very nature a protective guardian and will most certainly rise to the occasion if called upon to protect his human family. It’s equally true that puppies of all breeds love to incorporate biting into their play; it’s only natural! But you have to wonder at what point does this playful interaction with your puppy begin teaching him that biting is ok? You can’t very well have a dog that may weigh up to 190 lbs. biting as play. Can you imagine the several hundreds of pounds of pressure in that bite?
The truth is, you just simply shouldn’t let it begin as a part of play; period. I often watch as Randy gently taps at the nose when the puppy bites or, as they get a little older he might grab the scruff of the neck and momentarily hold them down much as the mother would when “scolding” her pups.
Try to remember, this cute, chubby and cuddly little bundle of joy will only learn what is acceptable as well as what is not from YOU.