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Puppy Teething Solutions

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Puppies will nip and chew for several reasons, such as teething, looking for attention and boredom. Never encourage your puppy to nip. If he attempts to nip or grab at you, walk away. If your puppy does nip you, say "ouch!" in a high-pitched voice and walk away.

Never squeeze your puppy's mouth shut, slap him or use any type of physical punishment, since it usually makes the behavior worse.

Managing the Teething
 

Puppies will nip and chew for several reasons, such as teething, looking for attention and boredom. Never encourage your puppy to nip. If he attempts to nip or grab at you, walk away. If your puppy does nip you, say "ouch!" in a high-pitched voice and walk away.

Never squeeze your puppy's mouth shut, slap him or use any type of physical punishment, since it usually makes the behavior worse.

Managing the Teething
Around week 16 (4 months old), your puppy's permanent teeth will begin to appear. Just like with children, they are born with few sensory capabilities and poor motor skills. However, taste and smell capabilities are very strong from the beginning. As a result, a lot of what they learn is through chewing on things. Chewing is okay - as long as it is directed at the proper item. Encourage your puppy to chew on proper chew toys. Reward him for chewing on an appropriate toy rather than your shoes.
 

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17 Feb 2011 9:32 pm

MitzyGirl123 said:

My dog used to chew on shoes but then i got new slipers & gave him the old pair it works great!

09 Jan 2011 8:40 am

kyrasmygsd said:

jthammons, I know how frustrating puppy biting can be. It's one of those things I find REALLY annoying (not to mention painful). The above methods work most of the time, but not instantly. You should be seeing a gradual decrease with age, so that by the time he's 6 months old it's much better. I'd keep up the above methods and make sure EVERYONE is being consistent every time. Nobody should be encouraging the puppy to bite by teasing him, wrestling with him, waving hands around his face, etc. Since you're having so much trouble, all playing should be done with toys, not hands. (Side note: not that it matters now, but if he came away from his litter before 8 weeks or was an only puppy, no littermates, he didn't learn all the bite inhibition he could. A lot of bite inhibition is learned between 5 & 8 weeks from the mother and siblings). Additionally, I'd increase the dog's exercise as excess energy comes out in mouthiness very often. Also, I'd make sure he's getting enough sleep. If you have a busy household he may not be getting enough sleep. Most puppies need a lot (like 18 or so hours) or they tend to get mouthy and overstimulated when they are tired. A good quality food can also have an effect on behavior so make sure his food doesn't have added sugar, artificial colors, or excessive fillers. Hope this helps!
Debbie McKnight, Accredited PetSmart Trainer

06 Jan 2011 11:40 am

jthammons said:

I have tried all of these methods and it is still not working. Our puppy will run after us to chew or grab. When loving and playing with him, he chews on us constantly, even after saying ouch or no no. I've tried to replace us for a toy to chew on and that doesn't work. I'm so frustrated! Please HELP!!!

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