Welcome to PetForums

Join thousands of other pet owners and pet lovers on the UK's most popular and friendly pet community and discussion forum.

Sign Up

Help!

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Jenn Hukins, Jul 4, 2018.


  1. Jenn Hukins

    Jenn Hukins PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2018
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hello all!

    I’m after done advice on puppy chewing. We recently got ourselves a gorgeous border collie - he’s just over three months old, and only just had his booster jabs so can’t be taken on walks just yet.
    The problem we’re having is his incessant chewing. He will chew EVERYTHING. W’ve tried ignoring him, time outs, buying toys he can chew, buying chew toys, exercising in the garden and nothing is working. Please help!
     
  2. BlueJay

    BlueJay Pack of Losers

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2013
    Messages:
    6,929
    Likes Received:
    19,345
    Perseverance, supervision and repetition.
    He's a tiny baby and doesn't automatically know what is acceptable and what isnt. If he's chewing on something inappropriate, swap it for something more suitable with some praise. Don't get frustrated at him, just keep at it.

    Side note; is there a reason he's so late being vacced?
    You can - and hopefully are - still take him out and about so he gets used to things in the wide world if you're careful and mostly carry him
     
    tabelmabel likes this.
  3. tabelmabel

    tabelmabel Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2013
    Messages:
    8,407
    Likes Received:
    15,709
    Yes it is just a case of constantly re inforcing the message of what is ok to chew and what isn't.

    Kongs are excellent but you will need a good 5 or 6 of them and there is an art to stuffing them. You want it easy enough for your pup to keep at it but difficult enough to last. If you put something really smelly like a tiny bit of liver or sardine in the wee hole at the bottom, then a loose mix of kibble and grated cheese topped off with phiadelphia or peanut butter that is the sort of thing to keep a pup going.

    Remember to feed all your pup's meals from kongs at this age. Not bowls. That way your pup is more mentally stimulated and learns the kong is a fun thing.

    You can introduce a word like kong or chew toy. Collies are bright dogs so they cotton on fast. If you always use the same word, soon when your pup goes to chew your slipper, you will be able to say "ah ah - get your kong" and your pup will look for his kong.

    If furniture is getting damaged, there is a bitter spray that can help stop this but mainly it's a case of containing your pup to a pen until you teach the house rules. It's all about prevention at this age. You can stop your pup from making mistakes by containing and supervising
     
  4. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2009
    Messages:
    19,021
    Likes Received:
    13,466
    He's chewing to relieve the pain of his teeth coming through. It will go on for some time, as the new teeth will have to settle in once his jaw has stopped growing. I had a log out in the garden for my collie pups to chew on (I have a woodburner), and sacrificed some fleece fabric as what's what they preferred. Nelson's homeopathic teething granules - made for babies - may help.
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice