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Stop Puppies & Dogs Chewing things
Why do dogs chew?
Dogs chew for many reasons. Puppies explore with their mouths. Everything and
anything will go in. When they begin teething, chewing eases discomfort and
puppy teeth work their way out. Adults chew for fun, to alleviate boredom,
feels good. Chewing is natural and to be expected. Your job it to teach your dog
only appropriate items.
What can I give my
dog to chew?
Make certain you use items approved for dog use. Make certain the items you give
puppy or dog to chew are sturdy and will not be ingested rapidly. Rawhide flips
chips, cow/pigs ears I give these occasionally as treats but not as regular
chews. They can
fast, offer no nutritional value and do not give a long lasting, satisfying
toys the cute squeaky newspapers and such are not the best choices. Some
squeaky toys have squeakers that may pull out and choke a puppy. Some dogs are
with the rolled rawhide bones (also called knotted bones) and retriever rolls
(rawhide rolled into rolls with no knots at the end). It all depends on how aggressively
Old shoes, socks, old stuffed animals are also a bad choice. Your dog
know the difference between your $180 running shoes and that old tennis shoe you
him. Children's toys will not hold up to a vigorous chewer. Plus, button eyes
can be eaten and cause choking or obstruction.
I keep all my dog toys in a
The dogs learn that if something is in the box or came from the box it may be
I use pressed rawhide bones. The rawhide is compressed under high pressure into
a sturdy bone. The sterilized bones made for dogs (watch Puppy, I have one dog that can
chunks of these bones so I never let him have one unattended) and rope toys. I
the fleece chew men (other shapes available) made specifically for dogs.
and watch how he reacts to various chew toys. Should he shatter a bone or shred
a fleece toy, you may wish to change to a different chew or try a different bone or
Sometimes, there may be a weakness you did not see. Not every toy is safe for
dog! Choose toys appropriately sized for your dog. I would never think of using
a four inch
bone with my Australian Shepherd-Newfoundland cross. It is just too small and he
could choke. However, that giant, four-foot rawhide bone may dwarf my Sheltie's
Get a variety of toys and rotate every day or two so there are always "new" toys
way, Puppy has a variety of toys and you do not have to buy dozens of toys to
Puppy chewing stuff he
Should you see Puppy chewing something inappropriate, use a, firm, growly "NO!
LEAVE IT!" and take the item away. Now immediately get a good chew and
encourage Puppy to take it. Once he does praise lavishly. Remember, you must
Puppy in the act so the correction will be effective. A good thing to have on
hand is one
of the no chewing products.
Sprays and Ointments to
stop puppy chewing
There are a variety of sprays and ointments to deter
chewing. Find one your puppy really hates and spray items if necessary. Do not
spray it directly into Puppy's mouth. That is cruel. Follow the directions on the
Teaching your puppy not
to chew inappropriate items can save his life
Teaching puppy appropriate items to chew can save a life. Puppies will chew electrical
bottles of poison, plants, objects that can cause intestinal obstructions. They
learn what is good and bad. The safest things are prevention. Keep poisons out
Hide cords (some home improvement places even carry cord cover as do places that
baby proofing items) and check to see if your plants are non-toxic. Many garden
have lists of toxic plants. Basically, puppy-proof (and doggy-proof) as if you
precocious toddler around! It is far better to prevent an incident than to treat
Should you think Puppy ingested a poison or ate something that could either
blockage or intestinal damage (pins, needles, nails, nylons, fishing line,
antifreeze, household cleaners, plants, etc.) call your vet immediately.
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