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You Should Teach Your Puppy Proper Chewing Behavior


As much as you may love your cute, new puppy, if she chews on everything in sight--including you--she will not be cute to you for very long. Puppies that are left to their own devices can destroy a home quickly. Just as training is required to housebreak your little fur ball, training is also necessary to teach them appropriate chewing behaviors.

Many believe the longer a pup is allowed to stay with her mother and siblings, the better she will behave. It seems that puppies younger than eight weeks--who are taken from their mother--exhibit a more aggressive form of chewing and biting over those pups which are separated after the two-month mark.

Pups learn from the day they are born what is expected of them. Most pups find their mother is very tolerant of being chewed and gnawed on. However, as the pup grows and those sharp little teeth start coming in, the mother dog starts setting the limit on how much nipping she will tolerate, especially if she has a large litter using her for a chew toy! The mother dog will usually get up and leave the area which will eventually teach the little squirts to be gentle with her.

This is usually when the pups start rough housing and playing with their litter mates. Nothing is more enjoyable than watching a pile of pups roll, tumble, and clumsily play with each other. Nevertheless, it is important to understand what is taking place during this time. What looks like good old puppy fun to us is truly a necessary part to a dog's development. During this time with siblings, puppies are learning their place in the "pack." They are figuring out who is the boss, and they are testing their limits with each other.

When a puppy nips or chews on their sibling too hard, they are shocked when their sibling lets out a yelp. One of two things usually occurs at this point. The hurt sibling will either fight back and nip their sibling in return even harder, or the hurt pup will refuse to play with the biter any longer. Both of these approaches work to teach pups how to interact. When pups are taken from their mother and litter mates too soon, they miss out on this much needed character and personality training.

If your puppy is chewing everything in site, it can be very frustrating. Who wants to come home to find an expensive pair of shoes torn apart or feathers from pillows floating in the air? I know of one particular couple who came home to find their entire couch shredded down to the springs. Their two pups were snoozing in the midst of all the mess oblivious to their naughty deed. Also, it is hard for children and adults to be around a puppy who thinks that fingers, toes and pant legs are an invitation for teething and biting. Situations like this are why many pups find themselves banned to the outdoors, or locked in a crate for hours on end, while their owners are at work.

It is important to understand that teething is as natural to a puppy as teething is to a human infant. It is just a fact of life. You cannot expect your puppy to not want to chew. It helps her teeth come through the gums, and it also promotes the development of her adult teeth under the gums. Puppies see no differentiation between a bone and a hairbrush. Both serve the purpose to a puppy. In fact, most puppies will sometimes seek out items that have their owners scent if they are having separation anxiety. So, it is important that you teach your pup from day one proper chewing behaviors. If not, your puppy will assume everything in the home is at her disposal whenever it suits her.

The best advice is to go out and purchase your puppy some chew toys. These toys should be mentally stimulating to your pup. If not, your pup will soon tire of them and return to the piano leg! Some chew toys can even be purchased which have treats inside. These treats take some work to get to. Your pup can spend hours figuring out how to chew on these toys in the right manner to reach the yummy inside. Once your puppy has learned there are items in her home which provide her with a snack, she will tire of your shoes, furniture and clothing. It is good to stock up on the chew toys which seem to stimulate your pup and occupy her time the most. You should only leave one or two of these out at a time. You should also rotate the toys to ensure she doesn't get bored.

The important thing to remember about chew toys is that you should not purchase ones that have a hidden bell or other device which can pose as a choking hazard. You should also avoid toys that have been chemically treated.

When your pup gets overly rambunctious and starts nipping and chewing on you, you should handle the situation like her mother and litter mates would. This is especially important if you have a pup which was taken from its mother and siblings rather early. When your pup starts nibbling on your person, or clothing, you should let out a noise that lets her know it hurt. This is not a problem if she has actually nipped at your skin! But, you should also put on your acting hat and let out a yelp if she is pulling on your shoe laces or pant leg. When you do this, it will usually startle her. You should immediately walk away from your dog, or leave her in the area alone.

It will take consistency and repetition for your puppy to get the message that what she is doing is wrong. However, if she is a slow learner, you can let out your "yelp" and put her in her crate. You shouldn't be harsh about the manner, as this will only confuse her. Once she is in her crate, she may turn on the tears and start trying to manipulate you with her whiney groans of dissatisfaction. When this occurs, you should never take her out. Wait until she has stopped her tantrum and then release her. When you let her out, be affectionate with her and let her know all is well. You should not hold a grudge, as your dog is incapable of understanding why you are angry. Also, when you place her in her crate, it should only be for a few minutes . . . unless she is having a full-blown tantrum. Then you should wait until she quiets. If you are consistent with this approach, your pup will soon learn that when she nips, chews or bites she will have to go to time out.

Puppies love to be handled and may affectionately want to play with you like she would her litter mates. It is perfectly fine for a pup to want to lick or even playfully hold your fingers in her mouth as you play. This is normal, and a form of bonding. However, any form of aggression or pressure should be promptly discouraged. Puppies usually learn by four months what is appropriate in regards to chewing . . . if their owners are consistent with training.

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 11, 2020 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 11, 2020  Summit Daily News

Tulsa Animal Welfare pets of the week - KTUL
Tulsa Animal Welfare pets of the week  KTUL

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Pet Vet: Hot Weather and Pets  WNDU

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Tips to keep your pets safe during the dogs days of summer  WVLT

Pet Project 2020: Pets available for adoption in Massachusetts on July 10 - masslive.com
Pet Project 2020: Pets available for adoption in Massachusetts on July 10  masslive.com

Nationwide event helps pets in Mid-Michigan pets find their forever homes - WLNS
Nationwide event helps pets in Mid-Michigan pets find their forever homes  WLNS

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Transitioning pets to post-quarantine routines – Santa Clarita Valley Signal  Santa Clarita Valley Signal

CAPA Pet of the Week: Buttercup - Lompoc Record
CAPA Pet of the Week: Buttercup  Lompoc Record

Social media a boon for lost Bay County pets - The News Herald
Social media a boon for lost Bay County pets  The News Herald

People share who or what they named their pets after in this feel-good Twitter thread - Hindustan Times
People share who or what they named their pets after in this feel-good Twitter thread  Hindustan Times

Pet Tales: Helping domestic violence centers that shelter pets, too - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Helping domestic violence centers that shelter pets, too  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

IndyHumane Wants You To Remember To Vaccinate Your Pets - 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis
IndyHumane Wants You To Remember To Vaccinate Your Pets  93.1 WIBC Indianapolis

Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County - The Register-Guard
Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County  The Register-Guard

Pepin's Pet Projects: Tips on easing pets into the "new" normal as you return to work - WCYB
Pepin's Pet Projects: Tips on easing pets into the "new" normal as you return to work  WCYB

Here’s how to keep your pets cool and safe this summer - WOWK 13 News
Here’s how to keep your pets cool and safe this summer  WOWK 13 News

Mobile veterinary services tend to Tenderloin's homeless pet population - SFGate
Mobile veterinary services tend to Tenderloin's homeless pet population  SFGate

Be extra cautious of your pet during the summer heat - Victoria Advocate
Be extra cautious of your pet during the summer heat  Victoria Advocate

Empty the Shelters: Pet adoption fees reduced this weekend - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Empty the Shelters: Pet adoption fees reduced this weekend  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

What you need to know to keep pets safe in the heat - 10TV
What you need to know to keep pets safe in the heat  10TV

This July discount can help Houston’s senior pets find ‘fur’-ever homes, you a new friend - KPRC Click2Houston
This July discount can help Houston’s senior pets find ‘fur’-ever homes, you a new friend  KPRC Click2Houston

Vets offer tips to keep pets safe during summer heat, activities - KHON2
Vets offer tips to keep pets safe during summer heat, activities  KHON2

Keeping pets safe and cool during the summer - WBOY.com
Keeping pets safe and cool during the summer  WBOY.com

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A photographer's inventive dog portraits show just how human-like our pets can be - Insider  INSIDER

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Seeing Pets as Human  Psychology Today

Mystery illness has Arp pet owners worried - KLTV
Mystery illness has Arp pet owners worried  KLTV

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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Covid-19 kept them separated from their pets for months. So they've chartered a plane to bring them home  CNN

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Preventing pandemic-related pet anxiety now and later  WTOP

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The 10 Weirdest Movie Pets Of All Time (That We Still Love Anyways)  Screen Rant

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Pets of the week: Make room for lap-cat Kayla  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Adoptable pets from humane society visit Discovery Center  TribDem.com

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PHOTO GALLERY: It’s National All-American Pet Photo Day! Send us your pics  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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ARL extreme heat safety tips for pets  Newton Daily News

Pets of the week: Chihuahuas looking for a home together - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the week: Chihuahuas looking for a home together  Duluth News Tribune

Local animal shelter provides tips to keep pets safe this summer - WVNS-TV
Local animal shelter provides tips to keep pets safe this summer  WVNS-TV

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Pets and People: Buyer beware | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

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Pets of the Week  Elko Daily Free Press

CDC gives recommendations on keeping pets safe from COVID-19 - KYTV
CDC gives recommendations on keeping pets safe from COVID-19  KYTV

Anti-Tick Tricks To Keep Your Pets Safe - NBC New York
Anti-Tick Tricks To Keep Your Pets Safe  NBC New York

Pet Owners Struggling To Reunite With Their Furry Family Members Amid The Pandemic - NPR
Pet Owners Struggling To Reunite With Their Furry Family Members Amid The Pandemic  NPR

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Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4  CNN

Featured pets — July 11 | Pets And Animals - Frederick News Post
Featured pets — July 11 | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

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1/3 of pet owners pets gained pandemic weight | WWL  WWL News, Talk, Sports Radio Station

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SAFD: Homeowner, six pets rescued from house fire on Northeast Side  KSAT San Antonio

Think through the details before bringing home a new pet - The Keene Sentinel
Think through the details before bringing home a new pet  The Keene Sentinel

CCAPS works to find homes for pets amidst struggles for donations - Magnolia Banner News
CCAPS works to find homes for pets amidst struggles for donations  Magnolia Banner News

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How To Ease Separation Anxiety For Pets Being Left Alone For First Time In Months  Block Club Chicago

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Bella Is Basking Ridges Pet Of The Week  Patch.com

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What you need to do before bringing home a new pet  The Washington Post

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As temperatures rise, so should you pet safety awareness  WSMV Nashville

Hit the Paws Button: Vote for your favorite pet! - Waterbury Republican American
Hit the Paws Button: Vote for your favorite pet!  Waterbury Republican American

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Angie's List Report: Pet-friendly flooring  41 NBC News

How to help your pet deal with fireworks anxiety - KYW Newsradio 1060
How to help your pet deal with fireworks anxiety  KYW Newsradio 1060

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Five tips for bringing a new pet home  huntingdondailynews.com

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Public Health Column: To help prevent rabies, love your pets but leave wildlife and feral cats alone  The Batavian

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Tips on how to treat a pet suffering from heatstroke  WENY-TV

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Great Lakes Mall hosts Shop With Your Pet Fundraiser  News-Herald.com

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For Pet's Sake | Should you feed your pet human food?  fox56.com

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Update: COVID-19, dengue, mosquitoes and pets – Keys News  KeysNews.com

Pet Adoption Fees Reduced Through Sunday At SPCA, LA City Shelters - CBS Los Angeles
Pet Adoption Fees Reduced Through Sunday At SPCA, LA City Shelters  CBS Los Angeles

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Pet Cremation Owner Shares How It's More Than Just Business To Her  WGLT News

Pet Supplies Plus opens new FM 1488 location north of The Woodlands - Community Impact Newspaper
Pet Supplies Plus opens new FM 1488 location north of The Woodlands  Community Impact Newspaper

Houston area volunteer discusses pandemic’s impact on pet therapy - Chron
Houston area volunteer discusses pandemic’s impact on pet therapy  Chron

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Argument over pets led to shooting | Alert  Seguin Gazette-Enterprise

This Guy Found Caterpillars In His Grocery Store Broccoli And Kept Them As Pets Until They Were Butterflies - Delish
This Guy Found Caterpillars In His Grocery Store Broccoli And Kept Them As Pets Until They Were Butterflies  Delish

It’s All-American Pet Photo Day: Show us your furry friend - KSAT San Antonio
It’s All-American Pet Photo Day: Show us your furry friend  KSAT San Antonio

Project Blu Turns Fishing Net Into Eco-Chic Pet Products - Forbes
Project Blu Turns Fishing Net Into Eco-Chic Pet Products  Forbes

As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk - Carolinacoastonline
As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk  Carolinacoastonline

Report: Rockford No. 1 in US for hookworm in dogs, cats - WIFR
Report: Rockford No. 1 in US for hookworm in dogs, cats  WIFR

Easily clean pets outside with this clever water hose attachment - AOL
Easily clean pets outside with this clever water hose attachment  AOL

Shelby Is Manvilles Pet Of The Week - Patch.com
Shelby Is Manvilles Pet Of The Week  Patch.com

Fargo volunteers launch pet pantry to help local dogs, cats | INFORUM - INFORUM
Fargo volunteers launch pet pantry to help local dogs, cats | INFORUM  INFORUM

Pet of the Weekend: Baker - FOX 7 Austin
Pet of the Weekend: Baker  FOX 7 Austin

Take the BC SPCA’s No Hot Pets pledge to keep pets safe this summer - Barriere Star Journal
Take the BC SPCA’s No Hot Pets pledge to keep pets safe this summer  Barriere Star Journal

Pets: Rx for a happier life - The County
Pets: Rx for a happier life  The County

Pet Lodge USA accepting donations to help humane society that took in hundreds of animals - WKBN.com
Pet Lodge USA accepting donations to help humane society that took in hundreds of animals  WKBN.com

The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19 - The New York Times
The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19  The New York Times

4's Pet Project - WJXT News4JAX
4's Pet Project  WJXT News4JAX

TAHC: North Texas family's pet dog tests positive for virus that causes COVID-19 - CBS19.tv KYTX
TAHC: North Texas family's pet dog tests positive for virus that causes COVID-19  CBS19.tv KYTX

Larry Is Bridgewaters Pet Of The Week - Bridgewater, NJ Patch
Larry Is Bridgewaters Pet Of The Week  Bridgewater, NJ Patch

N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020  nj.com

Everything You Need to Know About Buying Pet Insurance - New York Magazine
Everything You Need to Know About Buying Pet Insurance  New York Magazine

ChIA-PIPE: A fully automated pipeline for comprehensive ChIA-PET data analysis and visualization - Science Advances
ChIA-PIPE: A fully automated pipeline for comprehensive ChIA-PET data analysis and visualization  Science Advances

Pet of the Week - Mia - Santa Monica Daily Press
Pet of the Week - Mia  Santa Monica Daily Press

These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28 - SILive.com
These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28  SILive.com

Pet owner frustrated with the Riverfront Animal Hospital - WILX
Pet owner frustrated with the Riverfront Animal Hospital  WILX

Letter: Pet crematorium service at Pettigrass long overdue - Auburn Citizen
Letter: Pet crematorium service at Pettigrass long overdue  Auburn Citizen

Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips - Clarksville Now
Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips  Clarksville Now

Pet of the Week | Chevy - WHP Harrisburg
Pet of the Week | Chevy  WHP Harrisburg

Pet of the week - The Robesonian
Pet of the week  The Robesonian

Felix Is Hillsboroughs Pet Of The Week - Hillsborough, NJ Patch
Felix Is Hillsboroughs Pet Of The Week  Hillsborough, NJ Patch

Fonzie Is Scotch Plains-Fanwoods Pet Of The Week - Scotch Plains, NJ Patch
Fonzie Is Scotch Plains-Fanwoods Pet Of The Week  Scotch Plains, NJ Patch

'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19 - AZCentral
'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19  AZCentral

Runaway pets wind up in SoCal shelters in the aftermath of Fourth of July fireworks - KABC-TV
Runaway pets wind up in SoCal shelters in the aftermath of Fourth of July fireworks  KABC-TV

Palomino Valley Pet Rescue saves dog's life - KOLO
Palomino Valley Pet Rescue saves dog's life  KOLO

Petco Shares Tips for COVID-19 Safe Summer Fun with Pets - WFMZ Allentown
Petco Shares Tips for COVID-19 Safe Summer Fun with Pets  WFMZ Allentown

Adopt a Pet | Marmee - Napa Valley Register
Adopt a Pet | Marmee  Napa Valley Register

Make a Difference in a Adoptive Pet's Life - NBC 10 Philadelphia
Make a Difference in a Adoptive Pet's Life  NBC 10 Philadelphia

Dan's Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Creates Podcast - Port Washington News
Dan's Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Creates Podcast  Port Washington News

4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet - PRNewswire
4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet  PRNewswire

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