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Preparing for Pup - Do they chew on drapes?

I'm curious what all you've had to do to Puppy Proof your house? I know the basic stuff like no little things on floor for them to choke on, no cords, etc. but then it hit me -- do they chew on drapes and window treatments? I have LOTS of full length windows and lots of new drapes. I also have the sheer window coverings (called Silhouettes) that are made from very sheer fabric, and then close like blinds. Will I need to take them down when I get a puppy? The drapes all puddle on the floor. Just thinking this all through...Kind of like you did back when you prepared for a baby's arrival!
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Havanese puppies chew on drapes??? Never


LOL I have had to puppy proof my house more than I ever baby proofed Never caught any of my kids chewing my printer cable or couch leg or my shoe (while I was wearing them!) Even with constant attention these little guys will keep you hoping. Great part is
they do mellow out and they are so worth it in the end.

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They pee on them too.


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Um, couch legs? I truly never thought of that, either!
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Okay, so do you remove drapes from the windows? Again, never thought of them peeing on them, either. Total puppy novice here!!
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Unless you have a way to drape them back over the rod or cornice board, I would. As for cords, furniture legs, etc, just make certain you have plenty of gnaw toys for puppy to chew on, use an exercise pen and get well acquainted with the bitter apple spray. It really does work




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I didn't have a problem with my drapes, but I did have to watch computer cords. I also didn't leave shoes lying around. If she was starting to mouth the wrong thing, I said "No!" and substituted a chew toy or soft dog toy. She caught on quickly, havs are so smart.

I still have to keep an eye on the bathroom trash can. She likes to sneak tissue and shred it into tiny pieces.

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Welcome to the forum. Oh yeah they love drapes. Just one of three thousand two hundred and forty one things, they'll chew on , in the home. Here's some guidance, http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...uctive-chewing Are you a first time dog owner?

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Rollie loved our shaggy flokati rug so much we pulled it up and haven't been able to put it back yet. He literally pulled out mouthfuls of the stuff. But actually, he hasn't been too bad with chewing on stuff. And the peeing on the drapes only happened once. He was already older and it was one of his very few "marking" incidents. We put one of his crate mats there and now he leaves it alone.


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I've been keeping my puppy in a playpen except for supervised play times. During the times she is out, I watch her 100% of the time. I tell her no when she does something like grab a cord in her mouth or begin to pee. I do this every single time I let her out. There is never any time she is allowed to do a bad behavior without correction. Eventually puppies do learn the rules but it can take months. My lab was 8 months old before he was able to reliably control his urges to chew my things, and over a year old before I was able to leave him un-crated in the house when I left (he was fine at that point being free roam when I was in the house, but the anxiety of being left alone made him chew things). Not sure how long it takes with Havanese, though. Like you, I've just started on this journey!
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