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Puppies are lively, curious, and they teeth. This is what makes them adorable, but it can also lead them into serious trouble
unless you take preventive measures.
Here are tips on how to make your home a truly welcoming place for your new friend.
Remember, your new pet looks to you for direction, comfort, and protection.
Everything is new to him, so he may not be playful and frisky at first. Be patient. Talk to him.
Puppies and young dogs may not know "people vocabulary," but they soon learn to respond to your voice and commands.
Speak to him often and gently, and always treat him kindly.
Just about everyone knows that puppies, like babies, go through a teething phase.
At about 3 months of age, the sharp little milk teeth begin to loosen and fall out.
New, larger adult teeth begin to form.
At about 6-7 months, the transition is complete.
Teething is painful.
The pup wants to chew to relieve his discomfort.
Many different chew toys should be supplied at this time.
See what he likes the best and stick to that!
Don't litter the floor with toys: This will just confuse him and make him think that anything is there
for him to chew.
That is NOT the lesson you want to teach your young pup.
Two or three chew toys to choose from is sufficient.
Don't give him an old shoe to chew.
Your pup cannot tell the different between old and new.
This may cause some behavioral issues because he thinks that all shoes are there for the taking!
It is important to supervise your teething puppy.
Make sure his mouth stays on the toy and hasn't migrated over to the chair leg.
When you cannot supervise, confine the puppy to a small area that he cannot damage.
Gate off a portion of the hallway or bathroom.
Spray baseboards and any cabinetry with an anti-chew product such as Bitter Apple.
If the puppy continues to chew, the item will leave him with a terribly bitter taste in his mouth
that will make sure he never touches it again.
This will lead him to go back to the toy that you have given him.
If you do not have the extra space or simply don't want to take the chance, get a puppy play pen
or kennel crate.
This self-contained space also assists with housebreaking and behavioral problems associated with
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Giant Schnoodles From Feathers And Fleece Farm
Giant Schnoodles use their mouths the way babies use their hands to pick up an object and examine it thoroughly.
Depending on what the object is, it may or may not survive the inspection.
Again, supervision is key.
You must be able to catch him in the act if you want him to learn what he cannot chew.
Keep chew toys readily available.
When you see the puppy about to pick up the wrong item, sharply warn him to Leave it! and offer him a toy
in a warm, inviting voice.
If he doesn't accept your offer and returns to the wrong item, repeat the process.
Don't give in!
If necessary, put him on his leash and keep him with you for a while so he can't sneak off back to the forbidden object.
If your puppy chews non-stop or you come home from work to a ransacked house, make sure that you are meeting
your dog's need for exercise.
Dogs that are bored and under-exercised get it out of their system by digging, barking, pacing, and chewing.
No amount of playing can replace exercise.
Giant Schnoodles particularly have a high energy level so they need more exercise than other breeds.
Giant Schnoodle puppies are more active than their adult counterparts by nature.
Very young Schnoodles can sleep 16-18 hours a day; whereas, puppies over 3 months sleep less and play more.
It is important that you ensure your puppy enough exercise before leaving for long periods of the day.
Not doing so can force your pup into a frenzied day of chewing and trashing the house.
Lastly, if you've tried using information from books or knowledgeable pet owners are are still
not successful in teaching your pup what not to chew, consult a behavioral specialist or trainer.
Giant Schnoodles in training at Feathers And Fleece
Tethering must be supervised.
Feathers & Fleece does not recommend this type of containment unless for grooming purposes.
However, if you feel the need to do so, do not leave your pup tied up alone.
The dog could become tangled, panic, and hurt himself.
Tether the dog and help him settle down by giving him something that will keep him busy (a chewie or a toy
that can't roll out of his reach).
If the dog begins to tug or whine incessantly, check your watch.
It may be getting close to walking time.
If so, get the dog out quickly.
If not, correct the dog with a firm NO!
Redirect him to the chew toy or squeaky.
Don't release him for nagging.
Now you can keep an eye on the dog no matter where you are in the house.
It also prevents the dog from slipping out of the room unnoticed while you're involved with tv or the phone.
Remember, you can only correct the dog if you see the misbehavior and act immediately after.
If you missed the event, all you can do now is vow to be more diligent in your supervision and clean up.
Unless you catch the dog in the act, the correction is useless.
After-the-fact punishment does not teach.
Upon finding an accident, many dog owners grab the dog, drag it back to the scene of the crime,
point at the mess or even worse, push the dog's face in it's excrement and yell.
The dog will cower, lower his eyes, lay back his ears, and yelp.
The owner thinks that dog understands what he has done, but that is not true.
The dog is reacting to the yelling.
The postures struck are in response to the loud, deep voice and the affront of being grabbed and shoved.
For all the dog knows, you're yelling and pointing because you wanted him to soil the living room
carpet, not the hall carpet!
Discipline after-the-fact lets the dog know something is wrong, not what that something is.
Only catching the dog in action will let him know what is wrong and how to make it right.
Supervision is everything.
When you are home, the dog should be in sight.
When you cannot supervise, he should be crated or confined to a smaller area.
Clean up all accidents with a commercial odor neutralizer.
This type of product, readily available in pet supply stores and catalogs, breaks down the organic matter that causes the odor.
Cleaning up with ammonia or pine based cleaners will not neutralize the odor.
If there is any residual odor left after cleaning, chances are good that the dog will return to the spot again.
Be sure to follow the package directions for use precisely.
If used incorrectly, the product will not work.
When you take the dog out, keep in mind that this is a toilet trip, not a time to play.
If you have to wait for an elevator, walk down a long corridor or path, and keep the dog's attention riveted on you.
Let him sniff around, but do not leave the area.
Encourage the dog verbally as you move back and forth across the area.
Give him no more than 10 minutes to get the job done.
Don't walk on for blocks and blocks.
You're not on a tour.
Your dogs bathroom should be close to home.
Gently praise the dog as he relieves himself.
Now go for a walk or go back inside to play.
The reward for going quickly is getting to play or go on an adventure walk afterward.
If the dog does not go, return home.
Crate or tether the dog.
Do not let him roam out of your sight: Doing so will simply encourage accidents.
Try taking him out again in an hour or so.
When he goes, you're going to see it.
If it happens indoors, correct him.
If it happens outdoors, praise him.
Let him know that this was good.
Keep in mind that when he goes to bed for the night, his stomach should be empty.
Do not give him food or water four hours prior to bedtime.
Standard Schnoodle from Feathers And Fleece Farm
Because puppies do not have hands, it can be difficult for them to have to use their mouths
This can lead to nipping.
Although nipping can become habit, it is not done maliciously.
It's usually playful and their way of relating to their people as it relates to fellow dogs.
Even so, this behavior is inexcusable and should be taught so immediately.
A good way of getting your pup to stop nipping at your feet and hands is to redirect his attention to something
he is allowed to chew, like a chew toy.
Keep a chew toy close to you when the puppy starts to show signs of nipping.
When you see the signs, immediately hand him the chew toy.
Biting isn't necessarily a bad habit.
Chewing on bones will help keep your pup's teeth strong and healthy, but it should
be properly channeled.
When your Giant Schnoodle does this, it is not trying to harm you.
Because of this, you should let him know that, that is what he is doing.
A sharp yelp, like to sound you hear come from other puppies, should work just fine.
Put on a show.
Get up and walk away from your dog.
Dogs are pack animals so shunning them sends a distinct unmistakable message.
Ignore the puppy until he has calmed down and then give him his chew toy.
If nipping continues, don't be afraid to assert your authority over your puppy.
Relating to your pup on the same level as another dog will benefit you.
Take your Schnoodle by the scruff of its neck and push it gently away saying No firmly.
Use a firm tone of voice and hand gestures to get your point across.
This type of control (scruff of the neck grab) is how the mother would handle the situation,
which will help them better understand their misbehavior.
Play games with your puppy.
A busy Schnoodle is a happy Schnoodle and every game of catch teaches acceptable behavior.
Your Schnoodle will soon learn what is okay to bite and what is not.
Never let nipping during a game get overlooked.