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Addressing Behavior Problems Chewing

 

Pet parents should never encourage their puppy to grab skin or clothes, even during play. You should discourage games like tug-of-war with mouthy puppies because this may increase the problem.

If your puppy nips or chews on clothes you should walk away from the puppy. This sends a message that, "This is not appropriate behavior." Puppy chewing is also a natural and necessary behavior, it can also be an issue of other symptoms. It is important to catch the puppy in the act an to correct him every time. Try rewarding them for the calm quiet behavior, by giving them a treat or a nice belly rub.

Sometimes a startling noise can inhibit the biting such as a loud "OUCH!" Punishment should never include physical force such as hitting or slapping the puppy. This sort of punishment can cause fear or aggression and may even make the nipping worse.

Puppies are born with sharp little baby teeth. Just like babies they will have the urge to chew to help break them in. They will go through this stage of teething twice. Dogs and puppies also explore their surrounding by tasting things and smelling things also. This is a normal and natural behavior. In the wild puppies have to strengthen their muscles of the jaw so they will be able to tear apart their dinner. Most of the food in the wild is small animals and their teeth would need to be strong in order to tear it apart.

The next teething period comes around four to six months of age. This is the period when your puppy will be losing their baby teeth and trying to cut in the adult teeth. Having Nylabones and chew ropes will help in the cutting of the adult teeth. The dogs will chew on the rope and some times the baby teeth will get caught in the threads of the rope and stay there. Don't be alarmed if you never find or see the baby teeth. Dogs usually swallow them while they are eating. This does not harm your dog in anyway. It happens more times than not.

Supervision is a great way to prevent chewing of unwanted items. If you see your puppy starting to chew on your shoes, you need to correct them with a "leave it" or "wrong" and replace your shoe with a toy they are aloud to chew on.

Keeping things you don't want your puppy to chew on up off of the floor will help assure that they chew on their own toys. Rotate toys also. If they chew on the same thing day after day they can get bored. Boredom is a big reason for chewing. If you place down a few new toys every week from the dog basket.and pick up the old ones, your dog will explore the new items.

Boredom or being left alone for long periods of time are also reasons for chewing. If your puppy gets bored they will find something to occupy themselves with. Usually it is something we don't want them to have. Take your puppy with you as much as possible and try not to leave dog along for hours at a time. Kong's with treats, Frozen treats, are great ways to occupy your new puppy.

Puppy chewing, then, is both a natural and necessary behavior but can also be a symptom of other issues which require an alteration to our own behavior patterns. But by providing our puppies with clear leadership and plenty of human contact and stimulation, as well as a number of exciting chew toys, it is possible to stop puppy chewing and get through the puppy phase relatively unscathed.