Preventing Hardmouth

  • Monday, March 19, 2018 11:07 AM
    Message # 5987419

    What's everyone's opinion on chew toys for puppies between 8weeks - 6months old? 

    My 6 month old pup has a bad habit of shaking soft objects, such as birds. I was careful to only give him non-plush chew toys from the start such as kongs, nylabones, greenies and rawhides (not anymore). But at 3 months old he discovered clumps of grass in the yard from the mower and would take a mouthful and shake it. Since then he's been shaking soft objects. I have never played tug of war with him, and he does not have a biting issue nor chewing issue. He just likes to shake soft objects. 

    After seeing him destroy his first bird at 4months old I immediately stopped letting him retrieve freshly killed chukkars and moved to a bigger frozen mallard and that seemed to work. I also started using a dokken mallard and he has learned that shaking is a painful mistake. Unfortunately he still grabs dummies by the rope and tries to shake, as well as any clumps of grass he finds in the field including corn stalks. I will begin force fetch in a few weeks when his adult teeth are in place to finally address this issue. 

    Seems like even though I was careful in preventing hard-mouth, I was unsuccessful. Has anyone experienced this? Thoughts on preventing this with future puppies besides raking my yard to clear clumps of grass?

    Last modified: Monday, March 19, 2018 11:11 AM | Anonymous
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 1:58 AM
    Reply # 5992371 on 5987419
    Richard McCullough (Administrator)

    All my dogs older and puppies get chew toys, nyla type bones, etc. They are scattered all over the house and kennels.

    As for shaking, I just intervene and teach them not to shake by either saying no, or hold, yes even with the youngsters they get the idea.  I just did this to Windy and she is coming up on 5 months old and she has stopped shaking objects on the retrurn.

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