Puppy Forum and Dog Forums banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
It's a bit of an ordeal taking my puppy outside, he wants to chew on everything.
I know thats how puppies are... but i hear its bad to chew on sticks. They can splinter and you can swallow splinters.

Its bad for his teeth to chew on rocks.
He also chews on gumball/pinecones and random plants and everything and it feels like if I take him outside its just me constantly telling him No or pulling things out of his mouth and thats not good for our relationship.

Do I just let him chew on all the sticks? Do I constantly micromanage him every second?
How have you dealt with this oral phase? I got him a couple stick-like toys to chew on but any single object only holds his attention so long.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
40 Posts
My puppy is almost 6 months and dose the same thing, it is stressful. How old is your puppy. I am teacherabd her the leave it command and watch her like a hawk when she's outside, hope that helps, hopefully someone can let us both know about if sticks are safe,
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
My puppy is almost 6 months and dose the same thing, it is stressful. How old is your puppy. I am teacherabd her the leave it command and watch her like a hawk when she's outside, hope that helps, hopefully someone can let us both know about if sticks are safe,
Thanks! He is 10 weeks old. I've had him for 2 weeks and he doesn't know much yet. Not even house trained.
He finally started to give me some kisses the last couple days so I think we're starting to bond. then today he nipped my face lol.

he acts like a wild animal. gets frustrated easily and will bark/yell at me.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
40 Posts
Awww, Brand new, what kind did you get, I just started bonding with my puppy recently after 2 months , some days I feel like she loves me other days she doesn't even want me looking at her the wrong way lol. I hope things get easier soon because like you said she acts like a wild animal and it is stressful but hoping it's going to be worth it in the long run.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Awww, Brand new, what kind did you get, I just started bonding with my puppy recently after 2 months , some days I feel like she loves me other days she doesn't even want me looking at her the wrong way lol. I hope things get easier soon because like you said she acts like a wild animal and it is stressful but hoping it's going to be worth it in the long run.
My expectations were to take 6 weeks to bond and I'm only on week 2 and seeing progress so I still have plenty of optimism. But given that I have a wild animal for a pet i dont think i'm in a position to give anyone advice lol.

He is a pitbull so its some extra responsibility but i'm putting the time in.
Here are some pictures from today of Zap! I should make a thread for him sometime.





 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
2,436 Posts
Sometimes all you can do is be extra vigilant. If he's doing this in a place you have control over, like a yard, you may just need to do a really good clean-up of sticks, pinecones, acorns, etc. before you go out there with him, or block off areas of the yard where there's stuff he really shouldn't get into. If it's outside the yard, I'd keep a couple different toys on you and try to redirect to those toys when he gets too mouthy with risky objects. Puppies do explore with their mouths, so it can be pretty impossible to stop this kind of behavior entirely without resorting to something like a muzzle, which is an option (so long as you introduce it slowly and positively so your puppy's happy to wear it), but an expensive one for a growing pup.

Inside, you can work on making trading games super fun, so he starts defaulting to handing stuff he picks up to you rather than chewing on them or playing keep-away. Do this mostly with things he's allowed to have, so that you can almost always give the item back after you've traded it. So long as he gets the item he traded to you back 99% of the time (because you're regularly practicing with safe toys, chews, and other goodies), he'll be much less worried that he's going to lose access to a high-value goodie (like a pinecone or worse, chicken bone) he finds on a walk by giving it to you in trade for a treat.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Thank you so much, I hope your puppy lives a long healthy life as well and that he gives you lots of kisses!
I found this old thread talking about it and it helped me a bit

I've started letting him chew on some stuff he's not supposed to and just watch him and he gets bored after 10 seconds
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top