Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Puppy teething

EDITOR:

Uncle Matty, you were “spot on” when your wrote the Dec. 27, 2013 “Passing on useless advice.” Puppies’ teething causes a challenge to deal with. They want and need relief and chewing something is required. They might use your finger, hand or pant leg, or great grandma’s antique chair leg. A bleeding finger or unrepairable chair leg are not the best choices, but for the puppy they will do.

I have never heard the suggestion you made of a frozen towel for them to chew on. One thing you left out concerning this suggestion is leaving the towel with the puppy is not a good idea. If they chew it up and swallow it you can end up waiting for it pass through or worse it can cause the death to the little one. After the towel has melted take it away from them and find something else to distract them with.

JIM LA BERGE
Pollock Pines

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Discussion | 7 comments

  • suzanneDecember 31, 2013 - 11:25 am

    The best choice to give the puppy? Something to chew on such as a dog toy. In the future you will not be missing towels or other items that you will not want your mature dog to be chewing on.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 31, 2013 - 11:32 am

    Suzanne, the other day Cookie mentioned how a partially collapsed and capped 16oz water bottle gave pups a "free", fun, crackly chew toys. It makes me want to get a puppy . . .

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  • suzanneDecember 31, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    The thing is Phil, puppies can eat the plastic shards and bang! You have a huge vet bill. I still feel it is best to offer dog toys. This way you teach the pup good habits for the future. They have these Kong balls that you can put food in to keep the puppy busy for hours.

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  • cookie65January 06, 2014 - 4:23 am

    Do you leave your new puppy unattended for hours on end?

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  • PatriceJanuary 07, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Just like you to attempt to make someone feel like they are doing something wrong. Not everyone has an in-home blogging job where they can be their pets full time supervisor. The folks who have to work outside the home shouldn't have pets. Is that what you are saying? Suzanne is responsibly problem solving her situation. Giving a puppy a water bottle to chew on, not so smart.

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  • I want oneJanuary 07, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    Patrice how do you'll get one of them blogging jobs? Does ya has da be a dumbocrat to qualify? Stupid freaking bit#@ ah female puppy...

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 07, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    I have a four year old...I got her at three...she used to drag the neighbors couch outside to eat it--she was bored. Toys, ice cubes, and yes water bottles are some of her favorites. Now I dont let her have water bottles alone--she just likes the sound. some of the articles here are interesting...I dont let my dog eat brownies laced with weed on trails--I dont leave her with dangerous toys or "chewy" things...I just allow her to play when im here. I find if im not here she justs sleeps. she also will not eat if im not here--her choice...she will drink water. If im late--I have given several friends keys to check on her. I treat her as a family member...since she is "child like" --I keep an eye on her. Her favorite toy is a stick--if she can "sneak" one in--she is very happy (I know when she is--and pretend I dont know.) she will throw it up in the air and catch it in the other room. Only once did she bit into one that was full of ants--she ended up eating many before I saw. I just thought she was licking the stick out of love...lololol Things happen no matter how we watch our children and /or furry friends.

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