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Old 12-25-2015, 02:05 PM   #1
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Default New puppy eating paper - need advice

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our new puppy is very happy in his little pen (not so little, we got one big enough that a few kids - or one kid and one adult - can comfortably fit in there with puppy) and he has already made it clear that he likes to pee in the same spot if we dont take him out in time to go outside.
he likes his toys but if we leave him alone for more than a few minutes he starts to eat the newspaper we've put down.

any ideas? is it ok for him to eat newspaper? for now, we're just not leaving him alone and redirecting him if he starts to chew on the paper.

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Old 12-26-2015, 06:23 AM   #2
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Absolutley NOT!!! Redirecting techniques is so important from a early age (what ever they shouldn't be chewing on!!) The pup will only learn by being shown what's ok to chew and whats not ok! And if a behaviour (bad one) is learned and is not challenged it's then harder to break the behaviour! So I would start now redirecting and also with the potty training too Good luck and let us know how you get on!!
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Nearly all of the puppies I have fostered think the pee pee pads or paper in the xpen a great things to play with. They so quickly got the hang of using them for the right reason and then thought it was terrific fun to tear them up! I remove and replace them as soon as they are used and keep several novel toys within hands reach to distract them from the "fun".
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:00 AM   #4
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From my experience all puppies tend to go at the paper at some stage. He will stop eventually as he gets used to being around the paper. As we all know u cannot watch the dog 24/7 so he may get at it when your not looking. But be patient puppy will grow out of this . The most important thing is to make sure the puppy has interesting toys the play with to keep him/her busy.

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Actually there are a lot of behaviours in a pup that need to be challanged and corrected! This is why it's important to discourage such behaviours from a 'early' age
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The question is whether your pup is really eating the paper, or just ripping / shredding / chewing and then spitting it out.

If it is the former, you have a problem that could cause a blockage and a large vet bill. In this case I would remove all paper.

If it is the latter, it's perfectly normal as others have said, and nothing to worry about.

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Bonnie is five months old and she likes nothing better than chewing up paper. It is a bit of a mess to clean up but I let her do it with things that do not matter. Much easier than cleaning up all the stuffing Kris used to (and still does) pull out of all the stuffies. Once all the stuffing is out, they have a great time playing with the "carcasses". Neither of them try and eat any of it.

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he was actually eating the paper. if it was just a matter of cleaning up torn newspaper, I would just deal with that, but we removed all the paper because I couldnt risk having him swallow a wad of it.

I see the benefits of paper training, but it wasnt worth the risk. so we just keep an eye on him. the few times he's peed on the floor were when we didnt let him out in time (happened today, my daughter told me she thought he needed to go and I went to get my coat first and by the time I got to him, he had already gone. I was able to interrupt him and he finished up outside, but yeah, paper wouldve been nice!)

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I have never used paper or piddle pads. So no advice there. HOWEVER the golden we lost in Aug. 2014 was 13+ years old when she died (she had adopted her fully grown and heart worm positive and had her for `2 years), chewed envelopes, ate napkins, tissues, anything paper up until her death. She would take toilet paper ;rollers out of trash and eat them. Never could break her from eating paper objects.
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That said 3 goldens this behaviour can be reversed. Puppies especialy are very inquisitive and can be in danger with picking up stuff they aren't supposed to have. When they aren't being supervised then a large play pen or crate keeps them safe
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