Puppies like to chew anything they can, even electrical cords! If your puppy is chewing on an electrical cord, they can compromise the insulative coating of the wire and make contact with the conductive materials, resulting in an electric shock to the mouth. While this may deter him from chewing on cords in the future, you would be surprised how often it does not!
More importantly, receiving a shock from a compromised electric cord can result in severe electrical burns to your puppy's mouth, requiring veterinary attention. Even worse, a severe enough shock can be fatal to your new puppy. Even if your puppy does not manage to shock himself, chewing on electrical cords will soon become expensive, as electrical appliances are ruined by this dangerous habit.
Puppies chew for a variety of reasons. Like all babies, including human ones, when their teeth are coming in they experience discomfort that is relieved by chewing. Also, puppies are curious, and they have not yet figured out what tastes good and what is good to chew, so they are constantly investigating. Dogs and puppies also chew to strengthen teeth and gums, or to relieve boredom or anxiety. Puppies are easily bored or become anxious when left alone and taking precautions to avoid your young dog becoming injured from inappropriate chewing is necessary.
It is imperative that your puppy not chew electrical cords that could result in serious injury or even death from electrocution if he bites into an electrical wire. Because this is critical, supervising your puppy and preventing him from having access to wires is important. There are several strategies to keep wires away from puppy until he learns to leave them alone as he matures, including moving or covering wires or creating a safe wire-free zone for puppy. During training, you will want to provide alternatives, distract your puppy from wires, create a negative association with chewing on electrical wires, and create a command you can use to instruct your puppy to leave wires alone. A 'leave it' command can be used to direct your puppy not only to leave wires alone, but can be applied to lots of other dangerous or unsavory items he may be motivated to chew on, and is useful in a variety of situations.
She likes to chew everything and has destroyed house appliances and wires. She listens occasionally.
Hello Kelsey, Check out the article linked below to deal with the household item chewing. Pup especially needs to be crate trained and tethered to yourself with a 6 foot hands free leash right now while learning and in a heavy chewing phase. While pup is tethered to yourself, you will have lots of opportunity to practice commands like Leave It and Out to help pup learn better self-control. Be sure to give pup a dog food stuffed chew toy - like a Kong, or frozen Kong to chew on instead also. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-not-to-chew/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I am wondering how to train our 14 week old puppy to prefer to go to the bathroom outside, but be able to use a puppy pad in a pinch. We live on the 5th floor of an apartment building, no elevator. For now with the pandemic I’m home all day, but that will change soon and sometimes I do need to go out for a half a day. I know how important routine and consistency is, and I’m worried if I start training her to go outside by taking her out every hour or so, watching for signs, treating her when she goes outside, etc. that she will get confused if we’re unable to go out and I want her to use the puppy pad. Is there a way to train for a balance of both?
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He won’t use the puppy pad or use the restroom outside. He goes anywhere inside except those two places.
Hello! I am going giving you information on potty training. You can apply the methods to both the potty pads and your outdoor area. Potty training: Know Your Pup. As you spend time with your puppy, learn your puppy’s love language. Just as some people prefer gifts, touch, or time spent together, puppies can be the same way. Some puppies love praise or pets, while others prefer treats. As you get to know your puppy, consider what reward your puppy loves the most. Create a Daily Schedule. It is best to have a routine for your puppy. A schedule helps them understand when to eat, play, and “go to the bathroom.” Your puppy should go out frequently and the routine should be the same every time. When? Start the day by taking your puppy outside, and repeating based on age and ability. They should also go out after napping, chewing, playing, and within 10 to 15 minutes of eating. Although some puppies can sleep for seven hours, it is important to set an alarm and take your pup out during the night. When you do, don’t make a fuss about it. Quietly take them outside with minimal stimulation and light. Praise them if they go to the bathroom and gently return them to their bed or crate. You don’t want them to get stimulated and ready to play in the middle of the night! As you get to know your puppy, you will become aware of their individual habits. Click here to learn more about house training schedules for puppies. Where? Take your puppy to a specific area to urinate or defecate. Be consistent. You can create an area by using urine-soaked paper or bowel movements to help create an aroma to stimulate your puppy. How? Take your puppy out on a leash so they can focus on the desired activity. This will help prevent them from wandering off to play. Once your puppy is in the selected area, use your verbal cue, such as “Hurry Up,” “Poopies,” “Go tinkle,” or any phrase your puppy responds to. What? Know the signs that your puppy has to go to the bathroom. Every animal may have a different “I gotta go” gesture, which often include restlessness, sniffing around, circling, scratching at the door, barking, and, eventually, squatting. At the first sign that your pup has to go, calmly and quickly take them outside to their bathroom spot. Deal with Accidents. Accidents are a normal part of house training a puppy. What to Do If you see your puppy in the process of urinating or defecating inappropriately, calmly and quickly interrupt them in the act. Tell them to stop (either by a jarring sound or command), and immediately take them to an appropriate location for elimination. After your puppy goes to the bathroom, lavishly praise them and offer a treat. Thoroughly clean up accidents, so your puppy is not attracted to this area again. Create a consistent feeding and watering schedule. Depending on the age of your puppy, they will eat three to four times a day. A consistent feeding routine can create a regular bathroom schedule. Take away water about 2 hours before bedtime. Learn more about ideal dog schedules here. What NOT to Do Don’t punish your puppy when they have an accident. At that point, it is too late. When a puppy has an accident in the house and they walk away, within seconds they have already forgotten about what they did. Taking them to the scene of the crime and yelling and/or rubbing their nose in it does not help and, in fact, can harm your puppy! Supervise. The best thing you can do is to prevent accidents and the best way to do this is to supervise your puppy at all times. You can tether your puppy to your waist with a five or six-foot leash and carefully observe them for signs that they need to go to the bathroom. If you can’t supervise, then crate or confine your puppy. The more accidents your puppy has in the house, the more confusing it will be for them and this can delay house training. Reward, Reward, Reward. It is important to give your puppy a reward for their good behavior. This can be for commands such as sitting and coming to you, or for appropriately eliminating outside. In a puppy, a reward can be a couple kibbles of puppy food or a treat, such as a small piece of meat. The treat should be exciting for them and only available as a result of good behavior.
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