Help! Puppy eats EVERYTHING! I need chew toy suggestions and tips to help her realise people aren't for chewing too!(6 Posts)
My gorgeous almost 10 week old puppy chews everything - except the numerous chew toys we have bought her! She does chew a kong with a bit of peanut butter or cream cheese in for a while, and plays tug of war with a rope toy, but mostly she loves chewing socks and our shoes! Any toy recommendations to keep her busy? All I seem to do is fish object out of her mouth I never knew were possible for a puppy to chew (bits of doormat etc!)
Also how do I get her to understand teeth are not for humans? I've tried ignoring and praising good behaviour but so far it's not been very effective. I've also done a high pitched Yelp, which initially stopped her but now doesn't seem to. I think she's just so exuberant and keen to play but I can't seem to stroke her without her trying to chew my hand off! Any help appreciated!
I've seen Nylabone flavoured chewy things but wasn't sure if they were safe for a puppy in case they chew a piece off?
Puppy Biting and Play by Sally Bradbury
Biting is a normal puppy behaviour. Puppies investigate the world through their mouths. If it is within reach, it will probably be picked up and chewed! If it is exciting and moves fast it will definitely get bitten. Dogs play by using their mouths because they don’t have hands.
Puppies need to bite and they need to play. What he/she is doing is simply trying to elicit play. Play is by far the best way to bond with your pup and is a great way to reward him during training.
Use tug toys that he can bite. Old knotted towels or a favourite toy with string attached. Unwanted dressing gown cords are ideal. You need to encourage him to bite one end of the toy whilst you hold the other end. Then you can have a great game together without getting bitten.
Ensure your tug toys are long enough and soft enough for your puppy to happily bite. Your toy should touch the floor whilst you are holding the other end. This allows you to animate the toy and keep the game low to the ground and not encourage jumping up. It also puts distance between teeth and hands.
Keep these interactive toys out of your pups reach whilst they are not being played with. It will keep them more novel which means the pup is more likely to want to bite and play with them when given the opportunity. Plant toys around the house and garden (out of puppies reach) so you have them easily accessible and as much as possible, take the game outside.
Rotate chew items that you leave on the floor to also keep them interesting.
Do not play with your puppy unless you have a toy for him to grab. Don't let anyone in the house roughhouse with him or roll about on the floor with him.
Start by animating the toy on the floor and saying 'getit' every time your pup grabs the toy. You hold on to the toy and let him grab it and shake it. Let go of the toy sometimes so that puppy is encouraged to come back to you to get you to start the game again.
Also teach a word for letting go. To do this you simply stop the game by putting a finger in pup's collar and keeping hold of the toy, release the pressure on the toy so that it becomes boring. As soon as pup lets go say 'thank you' and immediately invite him to grab it again with a 'getit'. He will quickly learn to let go when you stop playing in order for the game to start again and eventually the word 'thankyou' (or your word of choice) will become his cue to let go.
Once your pup is getting the idea of the game then you can start to add in a 'sit' 'are you ready' before the 'getit' and before you know it you have a dog sitting and waiting patiently for the game to start.
As for chewing stuff she isn't meant to....put things away.
Thank you for those tips - we are doing the majority of that right which is good to know - but perhaps I need to put the toys away when they are not being played with to keep them exciting.
As for chewing things she shouldn't - I've put away everything I can. I have a Coke doormat that is inset in the floor so I can't remove it and she chews that, she chews the corner of the sofa, metal carpet strips, skirting boards. I do have a large puppy pen that I can put her in to keep her safe, and when she's out I try distracting her by playing but she would rather chew those things!
I think my job for today is teaching the word for letting go. She sits already (clever little pup) so I'll work on get it and let go and hopefully that will help!
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