Sep 16, 2010

I'm a puppy and I LOVE to Chew!

A dog with a rawhide chew toy.Got Anything for Me to Chew On? I'm a Puppy and I'm Teething and it Hurts!Chewing is a puppy’s way of exploring the world by mouth. Taste and smell are strong dog senses and as your puppy gets used to its new home, he will naturally use his mouth to fulfill his curiosity. Human babies do a similar thing when they get their hands on an object they find interesting. Beyond environmental discovery, chewing is a part of a puppy’s teething process. When adult teeth cut through a puppy’s gums, the feeling can be painful and he will try to alleviate this discomfort by chewing. Try giving your pup ice cubes if you can stand a wet floor -- or put him outside with them. Ice numbs the gums. Finally, chewing can be a sign of boredom if a dog is not getting enough exercise or there is a lack of appropriate chew toys and bones for him to sink his teeth into.

No matter the case, you should take three steps to prevent chewing and satisfy your dog’s need to exercise his mouth. First, apply a stop-chew solution to furniture legs, throw-rug corners, any tempting area or object your dog has taken a liking to and has a habit of chewing. Second, provide your dog with safe chew toys so he does not look around the house for alternatives, such as your shoes. Third, be sure your grown dog is getting enough exercise and playtime so he does not resort to chewing your valuables. He will be happier, and so will you.

Make Stop-Chew Solution
To make your own stop-chew solution, mix equal parts of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg essential oils (from the natural foods store) in a clean glass container with a lid. You can use this blend full strength by applying a small amount with a rubber glove directly to the surface the dog is chewing. To make a spray, place the oil blend in a glass spray bottle and add a small amount of very hot water. Shake well and spray on surfaces you want the dog to avoid. Note: Never use stop-chew solution on painted surfaces, and test other surfaces in an inconspicuous area before applying to be sure it will not cause damage. Store any unused solution in a cool, dark place—the refrigerator is great.

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