I posted a tiny while ago about getting my pup and I finally got him on the 11th of January.
This is truly a test. I know puppies are puppies and get into things, so I need to distinguish what to correct and what will go away as he gets older. One annoying thing he does is sniffs around on the floor for any and everything to eat. The same with outside. When I take him out to potty he is more occupied with eating bark and grass and what ever else he can find.
I let him run a little and found him chewing and trying to gulp up something. I opened his mouth and it was full of bark.
Will this pass or should I worry?
I am a first time puppy owner and we will be going to puppy training once he has all of his vacinnations.
If you don't already have appropriate chew toys for him, please buy some. You can teach him to stop chewing inappropriate things, buy correcting him right away, take the object from him that you don't want him chewing, then give him one of his chew toys, when he chews the toy, praise him. We have 3 toy boxes in our house for our dogs, and they have never chewed anything other than those, and the raw bones I give them.
***Edited By: Hailey on 1/24/2007 4:23:14 PM*** Reason: ***
I have plenty of chew toys, of various colors and styles. I also smear some with peanut butter and some I put treats inside.
He is not chewing on big things. He is sniffing around outside at broken pieces of bark and acorns..I have three big acorn trees in the back. It is impossible to pick up every peice. I try to distract him with many balls, and I keep him on the leash while going potty, it just doesnt work.
Have you tried bully sticks, or raw marrow bones yet? A bully stick is a thick braided chewy that may help, when my dogs have one of those, they chew them for hours. The raw marrow bones I feed frozen, it helps keep the teeth clean, as well as soothe the gums for teething.
Cockers are bird dogs. Bird dogs like things in their mouths. Simply give him a good no, and replace it with a proper toy and then engage in play. Put a positive connection between that toy, you, him and playing.
Right now hes exploring and if its interesting its interesting. More time on a leash and get used to carrying around a toy with you. It takes them a few weeks to get the proper focuse but once they do it works out nicely.
Also remember puppies are teething as well. Life, chewing and new teeth all combine to be a bit of work.