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Old 06-08-2015, 09:24 AM
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My puppy is literally chewing everything in site and its driving us crazy. He's a 9 weeks old rottweiler puppy. I've never dealt with a breed so stubborn before. He has plenty of toys to chew on in front of hime but he decides to gnaw on the legs of my coffee table, the rug, my kitchen table, etc. I brought him to the vet recently so i know he has no medical condition. It might be getting to me a little more because I just moved out and all the furniture I have in my apartment is brand new. I scold him when he chews on such things but he either try's to bite me when I do and growls back or he'll stop temporarily and continue later.

My friends have suggested squeezing the muzzle, tucking his top lip onto is own tooth to make him think he's biting himself, push my thumb against is tongue, all of it. I want to give him more toys that he can chew on but people are telling me that he's still to young for bones and chew sticks really. He has plenty of stuffed animals, a kong, rope, tennis balls, and we did try puppy chew bones but he only ate 1 out of the 3 it came with. When I bought him that same bone treat later it lasted minutes. He's growing super fast. He gets the worst right before he takes a nap. It's like having a child. Please help!
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Old 06-08-2015, 07:05 PM
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Absolutely not. Whoever is giving you the aversive training advice, don't listen to them. He's a puppy, a tiny baby learning the ways of the world by exploring with his mouth. Rather than punish him for a natural behaviour try and teach him a more desired behaviour instead.

For instance, using the 3 strike method. When puppy starts to bite or mouth you/inappropriate items redirect him with a toy. Nice play and tugging with the toys gets a tasty HIGH VALUE reward. If puppy continues to bite inappropriate items he is removed from the area/moved away from you for around 5 seconds no longer. If he still continues then remove him and yourself completely, either into his crate or x pen totally away from you and other items.

Do you have a crate and x pen? If not I'd invest in one, you can fasten the x pen to the crate and create a large, puppy safe area for him to go when he's chewing. What kind of chews are you giving him? Bully sticks, antlers, bull bars, even raw bones are all safe, healthy chews for him. Stay clear of rawhides.

If you haven't already I'd suggest enrolling him in puppy classes and obedience classes later in life with a positive reward based trainer. Also continuing training at home during the day. Short and sweet training sessions are key with HIGH QUALITY treats like real meat eg hot dog, chicken or even cheese are good.
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Eek, I totally agree with @BusterBCsMum please don't use those techniques on your puppy. That will make him very afraid of you. Puppies are notorious chewers. They don't have hands, so they have to use your mouths. Essentially they need constant supervision until they begin to learn what is okay to chew on and what is off limits. I second everything mentioned above.
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Shoot I missed my edit window, I wanted to add: You need to be consistant. Do as instructed every single time he chews/bites/mouths you. Every. Single. Time. Letting him away with it sometimes and not others will just confuse him.

Consistency is key.
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You could also use bitter apple spray and spray it on things he is chewing. Otherwise, just to echo everyone else, monitor constantly and redirect. Puppies are babies, and they use their mouths to explore...not unlike human babies who put everything in their mouths.
My dog chewed on everything too, we kept him in a penned in area, and only let him out when we could supervise him. Otherwise, we'd hang out in the penned area with him and play. If he started mouthing things he wasn't supposed to have, we would move him from the object and redirect to a toy. We would keep redirecting and over time, he got it. We also used the spray and found that to be helpful.

If you decide to have a penned in area, try to keep furniture, floor mats, and other possible objects out of the area so your puppy has less to chew on.

I can't stress the monitoring enough; your puppy could easily ingest something that could cause an issue for him, so if you know he's a chewer, keep a close eye on him and make sure you move him away from unsafe things.

You are right that is like having a child! It's great that you notice when it's the worst, so that's a great time to practice redirecting or teaching him other ways to calm himself before having a nap. He is too young for some things but there a few puppy safe toys out there for chewers...the PetStages brand has a few, as well as the brand that makes these plastic "car keys" (can't remember the brand).

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plz don't use those techniques because they won't work. puppy's react to positive techniques, try putting some gravy stock powder and water and put in a spray bottle and spray on his toys. it should deter him from your furniture.
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don't use force on a puppy.
you've got a Molosser-type breed there, a lot of them like gnawing, biting and grabbing stuff with their mouth, because that's why this type of dog had such a broad muzzle at the beginning (later this specific breed was of course more used for all kind of work around farms and butchers).
plus it is a puppy...puppies use smelling and tasting to explore the world aroung them...it is what they do.

don't use force on a puppy...especially when it gets a big dog once and you want them to trust you and follow your command. the puppy should connect interaction with the handler always with poitive emotions, not with pain.
be patient with your puppy. it is still a baby. It is like having a child because it is a child...yes it will grow faster than a human... but this is still a baby and not an adult. You wouldn't hurt a human toddler, when it started gnawing on an electric cable, you'd probably blame parents/adults around the baby, that it could get the cable.

remove everything out of their reach that is reaaally not something they should have and redirect him with a toy (ropetoy for example) when he starting to chew on something you forgot/didn't manage to put out of reach.

toys, for a lot of dogs, are boring when they just lay there. The baby first has to learn that the toy is there to play with it.
Toys for a puppy are much more interesting, when you play with them with the toy and the toy moves. You don't need many toys, but you should work on making playing with you one of the best things your dog knows. it's a great way to reward the dog when it is older, and it is nice for redirecting the dogs attention to you.

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