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Six months of laughter...but there's just a few things...

I studied this breed for about three years before getting one. Actually, I had another dog, and didn't want to get a puppy until she passed at 13 1/2 years of age back in early Summer.

Gracie Belle came into my life, a Chocolate with the pink/brown nose, and I'm telling you, everything I read (all around and here) is true. What a joy. Such intellect, HILARIOUS, and easy maintenance...not to mention cute as cute can be.

Okay you knew it was coming...the only problems are...she still bites--it's play time in her mind obvisouly...not a vicious bite. Also, she wants to chew everything in the house, especially my area rugs.

So for me it's all about those teeth. I do recall my Boxer goign through this stage and I also remember it lasting a while...so maybe it's me? I have the "no bite" command, then I ignore. She has SO many things to chew on and play with...Oh...I must add here...she LOVES to chew on pine cones. So I guess I need to find a chew treat/toy that has rough edges.

She is scheduled for surgery Monday (spaying)...at which point she will be 6 1/2 months old.

Anyone else have this problem...and did the need to chew thing ever end?


Thank you so much.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 01:40 PM
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Ahhh yes! I have two almost 6 month old puppies (twice the grrrrrrr)-
My new area rug also doesn't have nice sharp corners anymore!! I did put vics vaporub on the corners of my rug and they have left it alone since then.
Yes, they are going thru the teething stage and thank goodness it doesnt last forever!!!


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Thank you Katie! That's exactly what Gracie does...goes for the corners. Vic's vapor rub is a great idea. Someone I know suggested Cayenne Pepper...but my cats would suffer from that as well...if they walked on it.
Your two are precious...headed to your website...
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I've never heard of using Vic's before----I used Bitter Apple when Oliver was a puppy but he LIKED it!
My sister used cayenne pepper with her lab and it worked!
PS--your puppies are all adorable!

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I bought two bottles of the bitter apple...Gracie thinks it's so funny when I spray it...
I can just hear her thoughts...
I'll try and try...anything...until we get it right.
Thank you...sorry about the large photos on my post...will work on that.
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No suggestions but welcome to the Forum and your Gracie Belle is adorable.

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Thank you Sandi. Yours are too.
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Kodi is 8 months and still in the chew stage. Christmas day was interesting, to say the least, in terms of keeping things out of his mouth!!!

Bitter Apple does nothing. He sneezes once and goes right back to chewing whatever it is. I like the Vick's idea... haven't tried that. What I DID have success with was "Mad Dog" hot sauce from Fireflies Restaurant. This stuff is so hot that they make you sign a waiver to buy it.<g>

Our main chewing problem with Kodi was also rug corners and fringe... on our expensive orientals! We couldn't put anything directly on the rugs, but I cut thin strips of cloth, put the hot sauce on the strips and pinned then to the rug. One sniff and he has stayed clear!!! I can also use just a tiny bit, applied with a q-tip to keep him away from cords. (he had already chewed through two computer cords and a phone recharger cord that my boys left within his reach)

We've been slowly removing the hot sauce strips on the carpet (after having them there for a month) and so far, he hasn't gone back to chewing. If he does, out comes the hot sauce strips again!<g>

As far as biting people is concerned, Kodi doesn't do this at all anymore, and never did it much. But we were told to yell "OUCH!!!" in a loud, high pitched voice, even if it didn't hurt at all, so that he'd learn that it's not OK to put teeth on people. This is like the reaction they'd get from another puppy if they bit too hard in play. The other thing that is important is to ALWAYS have a toy in your hands when playing with a puppy so that you can redirect that perfectly natural urge for mouth play toward something that is acceptable.

Teach "tug" and release games, so that she has an appropriate way to play with you with her teeth. There are lots of good tug toys, but Kodi's favorites are braided strips of fleece material. You can buy these, or they are dead easy to make.


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Boy, I sure do like Havanese owners. Thank you! Being in Louisiana...and near the Tobasco plant...I've got plenty of hot sauce in the house. The strip is a great idea.
I have tried the high pitch "ouch" thing...but without a chew toy in hand to redirect her attention...that's a terrific idea as well. I need to be more consistant with it as well.
Thank you for all the kind and wise words.
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Boy, I sure do like Havanese owners. Thank you! Being in Louisiana...and near the Tobasco plant...I've got plenty of hot sauce in the house. The strip is a great idea.
I have tried the high pitch "ouch" thing...but without a chew toy in hand to redirect her attention...that's a terrific idea as well. I need to be more consistant with it as well.
Thank you for all the kind and wise words.
Welcome! What part of Louisiana are you in? Are you part of the Who Dat Nation? Your puppy is adorable. Luckily, Santos was never much of a chewer (at least not yet anyway).

Kim, Santos & Brew
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