A mouthy puppy is completely normal. Puppies perceiving everything as a chew toy is a natural part of their development. It is their way of learning the world, similar to babies discovering objects by touching. You will see this behavior especially during playtime, which can include nibbling on hands, feet and clothing. Save your hands, shoes, furniture and clothing from unwanted puncture marks from the dreaded puppy mouthiness.
Not every pup learns the same way but here are a few ways you can help them understand that your hands aren’t toys.
Puppy mouthiness have you at your wits end? Meet with one of our trainers to guide you through this stage and beyond.
The first year with your dog is a year filled with exciting firsts, as well as challenging milestones. You are probably wondering what sort of changes you will have to make to your lifestyle with a new puppy, i.e., will they need to be drastic, how much attention and training does my dog need, and where do I begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you!
Discuss what your breeder or rescue is currently doing for the care of your puppy, set proper expectations.Two Weeks Prior:
You’re about to em”bark” (see what we did there?) on an amazing journey with the newest member of your family: your puppy! Taking care of pups in these formative months can seem like a huge undertaking. After all, puppies require the same ( if not more) attention and care as the average human newborn!
Puppies are delightfully playful, adorably mischievous, and wonderfully affectionate. Bonding and training at this time is what lays the groundwork for your incredible relationship, so It’s important to seek guidance and do your research to ensure a happy, healthy puppy that grows into a strong, behaved, and loving “man’s best friend”.
And that’s the motivation behind our new blog series, Puppy 101. We’re giving you a free guide to your first months as a proud puppy owner. Development in the first 8-16 weeks of a puppy’s life is critical. We’re here to make rearing easy with guidelines for training, hygiene, playtime, and more!
Don’t get overwhelmed by the wonderful process that is puppy rearing. The experience is incredibly rewarding, and something you-and your puppy-will never forget! So stay tuned for all the info we’re about to throw at you- and feel free to email, call, or stop by one of our locations to ask any and all questions you may have!
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