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Old 04-05-2014, 01:47 PM
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Teething

Well, Merlin is 5 months old and I need some teething advice.

I have tons of chew toys for Merlin in addition to soaking and freezing an old dish towel for him to soothe his mouth with. The main thing is, Merlin seems more interested in things he shouldn't chew on, even after I try to redirect and praise for chewing on a toy. For things like the corners of my walls and other hard surfaces, I just spray bittle apple spray and it works to deter him. What do I do about him chewing on and pulling on the couch cover? Bitter apple doesn't seem to work on fabrics, in my experience.

Do I need to rotate toys? I have a few reserved for his crate and the rest are out for him any time he wants them.

Any other tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated! So far he's gotten all of his adult incisors, and I'm hoping the canines are next because his puppy canines are like tiny needles.

I've pretty much given up on bite inhibition and am simply focusing on surviving the teething stage.
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It may sound weird, but if there's no other dogs in the house but him, chew on his toys. Clean them off (or buy new ones) and let him watch you chew on them. My dog, Max, would never touch the toys. Then, after I started chewing on them, he always wanted to claim the toy and chew on it. I never froze the toys or anything. His favorite things to chew on were a ring with keys and then there was one (that I can no longer find) that was a cloth circle with squares on the outside of it. Some were normal and some were crinkly and crackled. He chewed on the crinkly ones so much that they were non-existent, haha. Still, here's the key toy that he loved.

Puppy Teething Keys™ | Product Finder | By Product Type | Nylabone®

You can find them at Petsmart and Petco.

All I did was laid down by him and started chewing on the blue key, since dogs see blue the best. He noticed it and let me chew for a few minutes. When I handed the toy to him, he started chewing on it immediately. He was never without that toy ever since. Best of luck to you and Merlin! For the couch cover, I would make a buzzing noise or an "ah ah!" whenever he tries to chew or pull on it.
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Ok, so here's the other crinkly toy that Max loved! It took me FOREVER to find this. Apparently they don't sell it in Petco or Petsmart anymore ...?

Amazon.com: Petstages Mini Easy Toss Ring: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Petstages Mini Easy Toss Ring: Pet Supplies
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...poor lil Merlin! A step up from the frozen rags (that stays frozen for longer) is any sort of rope-toy soaked and frozen. You can even step it up by soaking them in low-sodium broth. A lot of them are designed to be machine-washable.

Nyla's seem to be hit or miss with dogs but I noticed that they also have some puppy-teethers (shaped like fish) that are meant to be frozen. Worth a try on him for sure.

Lastly... Some dogs just really like to crunch ice cubes. Just be ready for a hasty potty break if he has too many.

The bite inhibition... We had huge problems with Toby snapping while playing and on the advice of a trainer we started leaving biting off the table altogether with him. No wiggling fingers around his face, redirecting to toys, quiet time if he really started chomping. As he got older he learned it on his own, even without the practice but he has never really been a mouthy dog since we stopped encouraging it.

With Lexy I did the same thing starting at 5 months cause WHOO could she chomp. And she is mouthier than Toby even now, perhaps just being a lab. BUT again despite my abandoned efforts at teaching it, she shows bite inhibition totally in her own initiative now. I really think that it's an impulse control thing that comes easier to them from 8 months or so onwards. Also, I think they become a little more mindful of your feelings and reactions, even for that split second that it takes to miss the toy and chomp your hand.
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Bernie loved carrots when he was teething. I used to pop them in the freezer for ten minutes to make them nice and cold

The carrot itself is really good for them too.
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@Kiara1125 That's actually a rwally good idea! I don't know why I didn't think of that before. I've done similar things with other dogs and it works to get them interested. I actually have the keys, but took them up because I don't think they're approlriate for dogs with any adult death. That other one looks interesting! When Gizmo was a puppy they used to carry that brand at Petsmart, but I don't think they do anymore.

@kelly528 I actually did soak a rope toy, but it didn't seem all that cold and frozen to me when I took it out of tue freezer. It may be treated with something on the outside that makes it more difficult to absorb water or broth. I think it'd be worth it to try again, though. I think his rope toys are his favorites (probably because he can fling them around and bruise me with them haha). I'll also try cutting finger waggling out as well as monitoring my reaction when he does chompity chomp.chomp my fingers (which is not easy, since his canines are sharp!). Thankfully he's never drawn blood, so at least he already seems to have that much bite inhibition already (he's also never been put in a situation where he's needed to bite down that hard).

@petitsfilous I'll try the carrot! I've actually been meaning to get some but forget when I'm at the store. Thanks for the reminder. : )
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For Ace's chewing, what I used to do was I would let him sniff it and sometimes he would jump away. What I would do was I would just let him get used to the toy, because sometimes he would get toys, and he would just go crazy for them after he got used to them.

I was actually really excited that he got over the horrible teething phase, as he is now 8 months old, he is still a pup, (will be until he is 2. Then he is an adult) and now he doesn't chew on me, but he still chews toys rapidly, and we have to buy new ones all the time.


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For Ace's chewing, what I used to do was I would let him sniff it and sometimes he would jump away. What I would do was I would just let him get used to the toy, because sometimes he would get toys, and he would just go crazy for them after he got used to them.

I was actually really excited that he got over the horrible teething phase, as he is now 8 months old, he is still a pup, (will be until he is 2. Then he is an adult) and now he doesn't chew on me, but he still chews toys rapidly, and we have to buy new ones all the time.


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I'm not sure Merlin has ever met a toy he didn't like haha.

And you've given me hope that teething will end someday. :P
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Ok, so here's the other crinkly toy that Max loved! It took me FOREVER to find this. Apparently they don't sell it in Petco or Petsmart anymore ...?

Amazon.com: Petstages Mini Easy Toss Ring: Pet Supplies
For future referebce: according to the petstages website, Target carries their products in addition to Petco.
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For future referebce: according to the petstages website, Target carries their products in addition to Petco.
Well, I looked on Target's and Petco's websites and, while they both carry Petstages toys, they don't carry the Mini Easy Toss Ring.
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