Chewing Vs. Biting
Puppies love to explore their world with their mouths – and they have no idea how sharp those little teeth are! When puppy gets a bit over zealous with the biting, keep in mind the following:
- Our hands (feet, clothes, etc) are not toys!
- Respond the same way a puppy playmate might – a high pitched yelp! The louder and
more dramatic, the better!
- Don’t punish-no swatting, holding muzzle or yelling.
- Instead, turn your back, hide your hands and ignore puppy.
- Redirect puppy’s chewing needs to be an appropriate toy and PRAISE him when he chews the right things!!
- No ‘tug of war’ or similar competitive games with puppy – these tend to promote aggressive behaviors.
Luckily, those sharp teeth start to fall out around 5-6 months of age! Chewing will continue (it’s part of being a dog), but it will be gentler if you help him learn appropriate behavior as a puppy.
Destructive or dangerous chewing can be discouraged with:
- Bitter Apple or Chew Guard Spray
- Providing puppy with many appropriate chew toys
- Cover electrical cords with PVC piping
- Crate Training
- Keeping dangerous or valuable items out of reach!