“…tells about every common puppy foible – chewing, digging, jumping and covers more extreme dilemmas – hyperactivity, unwarranted aggressive behavior and separation anxiety.” The Nashville News
The Puppy Owner's Manual: Solutions to all your puppy quandaries in an easy - to - follow question and answer format.by Diana Delmar
Learn to control mischievous puppy antics with humane, common-sense techniques. In an easy-to-use question-and-answer format, Diana Delmar shows you how to establish firm boundaries and clear expectations while receiving limitless love in return. Channel your dog’s natural energy into productive exercise and fun outings. Train him to go outside rather than on
Learn to control mischievous puppy antics with humane, common-sense techniques. In an easy-to-use question-and-answer format, Diana Delmar shows you how to establish firm boundaries and clear expectations while receiving limitless love in return. Channel your dog’s natural energy into productive exercise and fun outings. Train him to go outside rather than on the carpet, and to distinguish between the dog food bowl and the counter. You’ll soon be confidently raising a safe, healthy pooch who’s a pleasure to have around the house.
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No matter how adorable and affectionate your puppy may be, there will be times when her behavior truly tries your patience. By understanding her needs and applying some practical strategies, you can eliminate or reduce many of those problems. Then both of you can enjoy the pleasures of puppyhood to the fullest!
How can we teach our puppy to stop chewing everything she can get her teeth on?
Chewing is typical, natural, and necessary puppy behavior. You cannot teach her to stop chewing. You can give her the opportunity to chew appropriate items.
Puppies about four months of age in particular are prone to chewing because that's usually when they start teething, and it will take several more months before the teething process is complete. Teething makes their gums sore; chewing helps the teeth break through the gums. Teething is likely to be a major contributor to the chewing problem if the puppy tries to chew inappropriate objects, whether you are home or not.
Other dogs chew because they are anxious about being left alone, which is known as separation anxiety. This is more likely to be the cause of chewing if the dog seems to chew inappropriate objects only when you are not home. More information about separation anxiety appears later in this chapter.
To prevent destruction in the house, help your puppy to form desirable chewing habits:
• Do not give her the opportunity to chew items you don't want chewed. Do not let her get into the habit of chewing anything she wants to chew. An easy way to do this is to confine her to one room with the use of baby gates. Make sure anything off limits is out of reach. The kitchen is ideal because it's generally easy to puppy-proof. Baby gates are good because they allow the dog to see out, and some dogs become anxious if they feel too confined. Confining the dog in a cage, or "crating" the dog, is an option that you'll read more about later in this chapter. Remove all objects you don't
Meet the Author
Diana Delmar is a freelance writer and editor specializing in veterinary topics and human health-care trends. She is the author of The Puppy Owner’s Manual.
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