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New Puppy chewing

We have a brand new 10wk boy and he is doing very well with training but just started to do some chewing, not on his toys, that I could use some advice on.

We have alot of toys for him, bully sticks, chew toys, balls etc. He loves to play with them but he will drop them and run up and grap on to pant legs, sleeves, fingers etc. He justed started doing this.

I substitute that behavior with another toy that he will take but then after a few minutes he will come back and chew on fingers or clothing again. He really isn't biting but chewing the same way he does on his toys.

When this happens I've been doing the following things but could use any other tips and advice, I will swap out toys, or I will tell him "No", but he continues to come back and wants to chew on pant leg etc. We have been working on the command "drop" for his toys and substituing another.

In most cases after saying No multiple times, or giving him the drop command multiple times he will stop but sometimes he is resistent.

When he becomes resistent to the No or Drop command I have been putting him on "Time Out" in his pen area where his bed and other toys are located.

My question is, am I doing the right things? Should I try something different? Or is this a typical puppy thing that will go away.

Other than this he has been excellent, sleeps the nightthru with no whinning, knows his name, will come on command, knows the quiet command, will sit, laydown, is taking to the leash and is potty trained on paper and going up and down the pet door ramp.

We've only had him for 5 days so I think he is progressing very well but wanted to train him on only chewing on his toys.

Thanks for all your help
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I've got a ONE YEAR OLD puppy that STILL likes to chew! I think I pulled 5 different things she KNOWS she's not supposed to have out of her mouth this morning. She has all kinds of chew toys laying around the house. I'm not sure they ever outgrow this. I try to give her an "approved" chew toy when I pull something out of her mouth. And I'll be darned when I think I have everything out of her reach, and she STILL finds something she's not supposed to have. I went outside yesterday and realized she has been pulling the cable cord OFF of the house and chewing on it. Ugh!!! And my landscape lighting...they are history because of her. Good thing she's so darn cute...

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I'd recommend that you forego the word "no" at this age and timeouts too. Keep redirecting him and reward him for chewing the appropriate things "good puppy", petting, etc. If he insists on hands or clothing, remove yourself from him or divert your eye contact for a few seconds. At 10 weeks old, the response needs to be consistent and immediate.

If his teeth touch your skin at all, mimic the sounds of his littermates and do an "Ouch" or a yipe of some sort. He will back off immediately.

Bitter Apple is an option for your spraying on your hands. Just make sure you wash up afterwards or you might get a taste too.

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Bitter apple worked well for MacGyver. He was actually better than our Goldens, who thought everything was put on earth to be chewed.

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Get the Bitter Apple Spray! I got so tired of saying no and hearing my husband say no to biting and behaviors. We do whimper like a puppy and if he doesn't stop the biting on fingers, we ignore him for a few minutes. I wanted Dexter to learn words and not just the word "no."

As for the pants..........I stop and quit walking and use the "Eh Eh!" very loudly. Praise all good behavior. Start walking again, and if he starts biting again....I stop walking again and repeat the process. Dexter did the pants thing a lot when he was younger, not much now.

Sometimes Dexter will nip at my pants and jump on my pants when he has had enough walking and wants to go back home.

When I now hold Dexter in my lap, I always have a rawhide type chewy so I can protect my fingers until Dexter calms down.

I remember playing with Dexter a lot when we first got him home to tire him out. He plays with a toy about 15 minutes and goes on to the next toy. You have to show your puppy how fun with the toys so pups will play with them. Put the toys away and see which ones the pup will take out! I do this and Dexter takes out everything! Toys everywhere!

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Pixie chewed fingers and feet and I did my best to give a loud "Ack" when she started. Taking her over my parent's ruined that-they let her do it all day long. Thankfully she has completely outgrown it (at 9 months now). Other than that, she's never been much of a chewer. He just may grow out of it also, but it's all part of puppyhood for now.

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Puppies! You gotta love 'm! It's just that they come with puppy teeth! lol

I did Kimberly's way. I kept fingers and toes out of reach and kept toys rotated. Shirt sleeves and pants legs out of reach as well. I ignore the little nips on my pants legs as I walk through the house or bark "no". I even quit wearing one certain bathrobe for a while because it was such a bother. Now I can wear the bathrobe with no problem.

I think of it like this... You know those cute stuffed toys that, when you press their little foot or paw, they start to wiggle and dance? That's what we are to the puppies! We're neat toys that have these sayings on our fingers and toes that say "Bite Here!" and watch us dance! We need to figure out a way to take out the batteries.


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Gosh Thanks for all the great advice. I'll start trying to night. Were new the forum but it looks like a great place to get information. I'll print all of it out and my wife and I can start tonight. We'll have to get a picture of Rico posted soon, he is black with tan.

Thanks again for all your help
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welcome Tom mt.yetti & Rico !
if he's chewing sounds like everything is right on schedule!
I am sure you'll have loads of fun with him.
But where are the pics? we need pics.
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