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Old 05-23-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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Her name is Chloe, and she's a 10 week old Lab/mini Poodle mix (Labradoodle ). She's staying with me while her owner is on vacation.

I've never had a puppy myself (apartment dweller here) and this little munchkin seems to have a little chewing problem... any suggestions on what to do to get her to stop gnawing on stuff, short of taking everything out of her reach?

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Old 05-23-2008, 04:49 PM   #2
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Chloe is a darling. But a ten-week-old puppy needs to chew. Maybe some rawhide-type (or similar) chew sticks are in order. That's what we've always supplied to our little ones. However they still might get hold of shoes. No, not a pair but one each of several. Hmmmm. Toys, and chewy things, I think. Enjoy her.
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Old 05-23-2008, 04:53 PM   #3
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Yes, I would get the skinny stick type rawhide. It's small enough for the little puppy. They chew constantly when they are puppies.
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:34 PM   #4
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She is a doll. Puppies do chew. electrical cords, shoes, etc. i've used rawhide chews, the very small ones about the diameter of a pencil. The best think I can suggest is to keep her in the crate unless you can keep an eye on her. It's just like teething. They chew on all kinds of things. I once had a puppy chew on my ultimate favorite pair of shoes. But, she only chewed on one. Then she found my daughters favorite pair, and chewed on one of hers. So, if you can't see the pup, find her fast! lol

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Old 05-23-2008, 05:35 PM   #5
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I agree that rawhide treats are the best, especially the chicken basted ones. My 3 dogs love them. All I have to say loudly is, "rawhide" and their ears perk up.
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Yep, you have to puppy-proof just like you would baby-proof. Remove all non-chewables from her reach and replace with plenty of puppy friendly chewies. My pups love rawhide and it keeps them busy for quite a while. Ropes are another favorite of theirs. Good luck and have fun with your temporary puppy!

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At ten weeks, unless they're sleeping, you can't let them out of your sight for a second! They're teething like crazy, and with tiny little bladders, they have to potty about every 3.5 seconds. Its either one or the other....

The best thing to do (besides never ever let her out of sight) is to put everything you don't want chewed out of puppy range *and* provide lots of nummy puppy chews that are way more appealing than, say, your computer cord.

Rawhides are good, but you (alas) have to supervise that chewing too. They can try to swallow a stick all at once, or swallow too much of a stick, and that often requires surgery. We found the flat pieces of rawhide more puppy-friendly than the sticks. Carrots and ice cubes are also a big hit.

The other thing to do is to make sure she gets plenty of play time. Puppies will go a million miles an hour and then *crash*. You will learn to value "crash-time." If she has a crate to sleep in, so much the better. She will quickly learn that crate-time equals sleep-time, and you can, say, take a shower without worrying about an electrical fire.

I gotta tell you though, our house was never cleaner than when we brought home our little bundle of joy. She's a just a year old now, and has only recently stopped chewing shoes we're silly enough to leave out. Now she just carries them around occasionally and drools on them. Little dear. Have fun with the puppy, she is adorable!
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What a cutiepie! They love lots of attention! Enjoy the little sweetie!!
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I've only had her less than a day and I've already noticed the "crash time" phenomena! I think it bummed my nephew out because when I was watching him too all he wanted to do was play with the puppy and all miss Chloe wanted to do was sleep! When she was dropped off, they brought a doggy carrier type thing that I'm to use as a crate but she so far hates her little carrier and likes to nap on the couch. She cries when I put her in the crate and I don't have the heart to ignore her crying :(

She also came with a little hollow bone that you fill with water and freeze for teething, and a soft toy with a squeeker (the squeek scares her) but she would rather chew on my hubby's flip flops or my rug, or fingers or toes-- you know, whatever's handy!

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