Cuba & Isabel's Mom
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Smyrna, Georgia
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Thanks for the replies. I am not as concerned about the chewing on the toes and the fingers because he is getting better at NOT doing that. However, whenever he seems tired, he seems to forget that he shouldn't chew on my fingers and I have to correct him. As for the chew toys, I have been giving them to him when I catch him chewing other things. However, I haven't praised him for chewing on his chew toy afterward so I will try that. He is definitely a cutie and he knows he is doing something he shouldn't be doing. I will definitely be more consistent in the chew toy praise.
I tried praising him after giving him the chew toy, but he won't let me touch him. He thinks I want to play keep away and runs all over the living room. My problem is not just that Cuba is a chewer, he is also a "puller and yanker". For instance, he takes great pleasure in biting the skirt of my couch or chair and pulling as hard as he can. I know it is just a matter of time before he tears it. Currently I have him in his crate with his toys in the living room next to me and he seems to be chewing on his toys happily enough. I feel bad keeping him in his crate and I would like for him to be able to chose where on the carpet his wants to lay and chew on his toys. Maybe I was moving too fast and he needs to spend time in his crate while I am with him in the living room. I would put him on the couch with me, but he would soon jump off.
Last edited by Esperanita; 08-25-2008 at 08:38 PM.