Why can't she just keep her puppy mouth closed?
June 2, 2011 8:05 PM Subscribe
How do you make a puppy stop chewing on EVERYTHING?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to pets & animals (36 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I adopted a puppy five days ago. She's an adorable two-month-old heeler/corgi mix and we love her to death, but she chews constantly on anything she can reach. She's already chewed the squeakers out of squeaky toys and the stuffing out of her doggie bed and crate bedding; she particularly loves trying to chew the carpet, furniture, table legs, and leaves, rocks and whatever else she can find when we take her outside. Just this morning she chewed on my ear before I could move out of the way, which fortunately only resulted in a little blood and not a trip to the hospital. (We're alright with a little playful nipping, which she usually does, but this crossed the line.)
My wife and I are exasperated. This puppy is destroying all the stuff we bought her and can't afford to replace yet, and she's going to get herself sick or worse from all the inedible junk she's swallowing before we can pull it out of her mouth. Not to mention we want to prevent her from dangerously biting humans when she gets older, before it's too late. What can we possibly do?
We've been to our first obedience class already, which was good but it's clear this is going to take some time. The puppy hasn't even figured out her name yet and is oblivious when we call or scold her. We don't want to hit her, instead going for positive reinforcement with treats for good behavior. But this chewing happens ALL THE TIME. We can't ignore it and we need it to stop ASAP. Please help!
As I typed this, she was in her crate (a time-out because of the chewing) and still proceeded to furiously shred her bedding in there. I responded by removing it so she's just on the plastic crate floor. No idea if that was good or bad but I couldn't let her keep eating that stuff. Now she's just as excited about trying to chew up the plastic floor. I didn't even think that was possible! I feel like I'm out of ideas to just make her quit already!