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Old 09-28-2006, 12:07 AM   #1
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Default Why do teething puppies always choose soft stuff?

I have a teething puppy - she's lost most of her puppy teeth.

I give her hard bones - rubber toys - frozen treats - etc, but she always chews on the "soft " things.

ie the fringes on the mat - the curtains - and my pillow.

I give her soft toys, but she seems to want to chew on everything but them!

What do I do, except constant vigilence?

Help needed please - she is my very first puppy, even though I have had dogs for years (they were "rescues" - quite a bit older)

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Old 09-28-2006, 03:38 AM   #2
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Hi

My puppie is the same he chews everything BUT hes toys!! I have bought him over 60GBP of toys and he loves my duvet, my boyfriends laces and my finger

They are sooo cute wen they are a puppie i cant shout at him!!

Hes my 1st puppie aswell so i cant really help you on this - sorry! But i think they will grow out of it, i think its just a phase (hopefully)

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Have you tried the soft rubber toys specially designed for young puppies. Sometimes they can't cope with the harder toys. What about the small soft puppy kongs - being able to stuff them with food should make them more interesting.

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Oh - and do restrict access to things you dont want her to learn to chew when you cant watch her. The last thing you want is for her to develop a habbit of chewing inappropriate things.

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I don't have great advice on this one. Yao Ming is still young and chewy and he's made quick work of a couple of things that he shouldn't have (remote control, my prescription glasses) but when he is caught he learns quickly and doesn't touch the item again after being corrected. Correction for him is just a sharp "No. Anh Anh!"

Why soft things? I would imagine for a number of reasons none of which we can really understand without them being able to speak our language. I would imagine the fringes bits that are soft and can be torn satisfy a need to rip things apart which is an action they'd use in the wild on a carcass. It may be soothing in a way similar to us using floss to get things out from between our teeth also. But I'm guessing the former is the more likely reason. Besides, I'm just not sure I'd want to chew on something hard if my teeth were growing and achey. Yao Ming is allowed to rip up his stuffed animals - which just means we can never leave any of those out that don't belong to him. He loves to pull the stuffing out of them so that brings me back to the "kill it and remove it's innards" reason.

Sorry I can't be more helpful. Training wise I only know what i've read - correct them, then give them something they are allowed to chew on instead. But that's not a lot of help, i know.
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Puppies chew when they are teething. They get their first set of 28 between 3-6 weeks. At around 4 months they loose the baby teeth and start to grow permanant teeth, 42 in most breeds and the molars come in around 6 -7 months. They chew to relieve the discomfort. So until all 42 teeth are in all the way, they will and need to chew.

I use stuff animals. Cheap ones can be found at garage sales or thrift stores. I wash them first and remove eyes and noses, things they can bite off.

I also use basic toys and tug toys and I personally prefer pig ears or rawhide.
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Thank you everyone - I haven't counted her teeth yet, but I will, just to see how many more need to come through!

I too get the toys from the thrift stores - we call them charity shops here. I too take out the eyes and noses.

She is a lovely puppy, except for the chewing on inappropriate things. I only have to turn my back, and she's found something else to chew on.

Almost feel as if I need to live in a cave, without anything - if it is chewable, she'll chew it.

Must admit though, she has improved since her last puppy tooth came out this morning - was dangling by a thread and she was licking/gulping/swallowing, so I looked in her mouth and saw it and gave a gentle tug and out it came.

I do so love her - she is for the most part a very lovely and loving little dog.

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