The Puppy Owner's Manual: Solutions to all your puppy quandaries in an easy - to - follow question and answer format.

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How can one little puppy be so much TROUBLE?

Just about all behaviors that come naturally to puppies - barking, chewing, nipping, and roughhousing, to name a few - are generally unacceptable in a human household. Housebreaking and training can be exasperating! Learn to manage typical mischievous puppy antics using these tried-and-true, commonsense techniques. You'll raise a healthy dog and a friend for life.

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Overview


How can one little puppy be so much TROUBLE?

Just about all behaviors that come naturally to puppies - barking, chewing, nipping, and roughhousing, to name a few - are generally unacceptable in a human household. Housebreaking and training can be exasperating! Learn to manage typical mischievous puppy antics using these tried-and-true, commonsense techniques. You'll raise a healthy dog and a friend for life.

"Answers the distress signals sent up by every puppy owner." (Dog Fancy)

"An insightful guide to dealing with problem behavior" without harming the dog or the trusting relationship that you have with him "Makes a great addition to your dog care library." (Southern Living)

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“…answers the distress signals sent up by every puppy owner. Diana Delmar covers the dark side of puppyhood in an easy-to-read question-and-answer format.” – Dog Fancy magazine

“…tells about every common puppy foible – chewing, digging, jumping and covers more extreme dilemmas – hyperactivity, unwarranted aggressive behavior and separation anxiety.” The Nashville News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580174015
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 778,733
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Diana Delamar is a freelance writer and editor specializing in veterinary topics and human health-care trends. She is the author of The Guilt-Free Dog Owner's Guide and Taking Up Riding as an Adult, both from Storey Books.
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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

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Table of Contents


PART ONE Solving Puppy Problems

1 Puppy's into Everything (2)

2 "Bathroom" Blunders (and Other Messy Problems) (20)

3 Play and Exercise Annoyances (37)

4 Eating-Related Irritations (50)

5 Puppy Health Concerns (65)

6 Keeping Puppy Safe (87)

7 Reluctant Pretty Puppy (103)

8 Training Frustrations (118)

9 Puppy Owner Problems (139)

PART TWO Tools for Controlling Your Puppy (154)

10 Tools for Controlling Your Puppy 154

11 Training Basics (165)

APPENDIX (175)

Suppliers

Organizations

Pet Catalogs

RECOMMENDED READING (177)

INDEX (178)

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