You are probably well aware of the fact that puppies just love to chew. As the new owner of a puppy it is your responsibility to provide your puppy with safe toys that they can play with and chew on. What will follow is some information that will be useful regarding your puppy and chewing.
Most puppies start to teeth between the ages of three and six months. During this time they will need to chew on something that will help their teeth to come in. You should assist your puppy in avoiding harsh chewing by providing them with a selection of good durable objects they can chew on. Examples of this are a very hard rubber ball that is large enough so that your puppy cannot swallow it, or a tough rubber bone. By giving your puppy an old shoe, or any material that is “shoe-like”, will only make your puppy think that it is acceptable for them to chew on shoes. This is something that you definitely do not want.
Under no circumstances should you give your dog real bones to chew on – regardless of whether they are cooked or uncooked. These bones could very easily splinter, hurt your puppy’s mouth, and result in choking if a splinter is swallowed or cause vomiting and diarrhea. Make the puppy’s rubber ball or bone particularly nice-looking to them so that it will attract them to play games with it. Whenever they start to chew on an improper object, say no in a strict manner, and immediately take the forbidden object away – then replace it with a chewable bone or rubber ball/toy. As soon as your puppy starts to chew on their own toys, you should immediately praise them for their good behavior. Your puppy will like this and most probably respond in a happy manner.
All puppies like to chew on human fingers, and it may appear that they are biting. Make use of the same process as above, and swap your fingers with the toy. Your puppy will soon get the idea that they are not allowed to chew on your fingers or hands. Keep in mind that you should praise them as soon as they start chewing on their toys.
Remember that puppies frequently forget, so you may have to reiterate the chewing correction more than once. Sooner or later your puppy will get the hang of it, and we should always remain patient with our puppies. If your puppy has their own toys to chew on, they will most probably leave your shoes alone. By keeping your shoes out of your puppy’s reach, you will also help them to not get involved in wrong behavior.
Also put your puppy’s toys in a box, as they will quickly learn where they can go for a toy to chew on.
Always keep all chemical and harmful products away from your puppy.
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