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    Knock on wood we haven't had much of a chewing problem with Dozer. He hates bitter apple so that has helped a lot. The leave it command is awesome. If you haven't taught your puppy that command yet, do it!

    Anyway, last night at puppy class the trainer said one of the reasons puppies chew furniture and woodwork in their homes is because they have not yet developed the skill to hold onto a chew toy very well and a piece of furniture or woodwork is sturdy and won't move. It is about quality of chew, not always what they are actually chewing; and puppies love a good quality chew.

    Of course puppies chew things for attention as well, but what she (the trainer) said about chewing made total sense. I see Dozer fumbling with his chew toys all the time.

    So -- how do we teach a puppy to hold thier chewies better? LOL
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    Get bigger ones?

    I've always thought it was a texture thing. Baloo has always loved paper, given the chance he will shred it, and eat it. But he won't touch wood. I've taught him "hold" and he'll hold all materials better than wood, its the one we struggle with the most. Rubber/plastic? No problem! Fabric? Sure! Metal? Absolutely! Wood..? Um... rather not thanks. But he'll chew on sticks at the park...? Never understood that one.

    Anyhoo, in all seriousness I found that the big, gigantic heavy nylabomes were the most popular when he was that age, probably for that reason come to think of it. They stayed still with relatively little effort because of theur size.

    Coordination I think comes with time, and in the meantime using larger chews might be an option.
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    Bigger -- good idea. I have to get him some new stuff this weekend so I'll keep that in mind.

    We discussed puppies and paper last night too and the group of us came to the concensus that paper and puppies go hand in hand. They just love it. Who knows why? The thought of eating paper makes me gag. LOL
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    I just realized I called them "nylabomes" and it made me giggle.

    The bigger ones are more expensive, but thats probably because they last forever. Baloo still has the aforementioned ones.
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    We haven't tried him on a nylabone yet, which type do you recommend?
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    Our Roxy likes all types of chewies -- Peanut Butter Nylabone are in the top of her favorites.

    But really, she likes anything that makes a crunchy noise -- plastic bottles and ice are her favorite noise makers. She doesn't chew the bottles to shreds, but just likes to gnaw on them until they lose their crunchy sound.

    She will also sit and whine at us if we have a drink that contains ice. It took us a long time to realize she was after the ice in the glasses -- discovered it after she would grab ice that fell out of the freezer.

    No matter the location, all lab homes have a "chew" story!

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