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3 Dog Training Tips For Teething Pups

 

     Around 12 to 16 weeks of age, puppies begin to teethe as baby teeth are replaced by adult teeth. As with babies, the teething process is painful and chewing on something is the one thing that helps to relieve the discomfort. Typically, puppies will continue to teethe until they are eight or nine months old, although some take as long as twelve months. The following are three dog training tips for teething puppies.

 


Controlled Environment


During teething, if puppies have access to something, they will probably chew it. This could be shoes, furniture legs, toys, and a multitude of other items that are in their reach. Controlling the environment involves not allowing the puppy to have access to items that tempt chewing. Many owners use baby gates to limit the puppy to an area that is “chew” safe, but does not make the puppy feel socially isolated. Crates and tethers can also be used, not as punishment, but as safe areas with favorite chew toys.

 


Provide Appropriate Toys


Owners should make sure that they have a variety of chew toys available for their puppy. Rubber chews and other flexible toys, or designed specifically for baby teeth. Frozen washcloths that have been tied up in a knot, help to alleviate the pain involved in teething. Some chew toys on the market are filled with a non-toxic gel that freezes rapidly in the freezer. These frozen toy bones also help numb the gums and relieve any feverishness. Other great chew toys for teething include:


• Rope Toys

Rope toys are excellent for puppies who are teething. They are superb toys for tug-of-war, and are also good for solitary chewing exercises. Rope toys actually help strengthen gums and clean teeth. They can also be frozen for pain relieving chomping.


• Rubber Toys with Hidden Treats

The Kong Company is known for designing different types of rubber toys that are suitable for various levels of chewers. Kong’s original rubber product has a hidden treat inside. Puppies have been known to wrestle and chew these toys for hours as they attempt to get at the treat.


• Cold Carrots

Most puppies love the taste of carrots, and enjoy chewing on them. The cold will ease gum pain, and carrots also contain Vitamins A and K, Potassium, and Omega 6 fatty acids. Puppies should not have more than one carrot a day as they are high in fiber and can cause an upset stomach.

 


Redirect Inappropriate Chewing


If your puppy starts to chew on, or has an inappropriate item in its mouth, do not grab them by the scruff of the neck or use physical force, as this can make the behavior worse. The puppy will learn to run from you as soon as they see that you are coming their way. Effective redirection methods include:

 

    • Voice a sudden, loud “No.” Often this will produce a startled response where the puppy drops the item, or immediately stops the behavior.


     • Entice the puppy with an appropriate toy and incite him to grab it instead. Praise the puppy for letting go of the inappropriate item.


   • Some trainers suggest ignoring the puppy, or playing with something better until the puppy gets distracted and drops the item on his own.

 

 

Teething doesn’t last forever, it just seems like it. Consistency is essential throughout the teething period, but with training, the puppy will learn to seek out his own, very favorite chew toys.

 

 

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