Puppies and chewing

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , |


My tip this week came to me because I have so many friends with puppies right now.  One of the hardest things to deal with when you have a puppy is chewing.  It is very important to make NOT chewing a large priority in your pets training.  The big reason for this is because of their health.  If a pet becomes a chewer, you run the risk of the pet getting sick with diarrhea and vomiting, or some severe an obstruction causing surgery to be a necessity.  As they get older, your pets teeth can break or be worn due to chewing causing potential infection.

The same problem goes for cats.  A particular problem for cats is ingestion of string, causing it to get wrapped up in their intestines and cause an obstruction.

To keep your pet from chewing establish the “leave it” command.  You can do this by using it in play time with tennis balls or other toys.  when they give up their toy, reinforce them.  This is very important.  This is a time when the “No” command can also be very important.  And if it means saving their health, a tap on the nose to get their attention is also accepted.

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