Note to Cush: My Toes Are NOT Chew Toys!
The joys of bringing home a new puppy: The puppy breath, the playingâ€¦and the biting. If youâ€™ve been fortunate enough to have ever had a puppy, you know what Iâ€™m talking about.
My 4-month-old Chihuahua mix Cush chews and bites on everything and everyone. He bites on the couch, my shoes, my toes, the cat, and my roommateâ€™s 4-year-old pit bull.
A puppy doesnâ€™t know that biting hurts, so their intention isnâ€™t to harm anyone of course. So, how do puppies learn that biting is bad?
I’ve found that saying, â€œOW!â€ when Cush bites me is very effective at stopping him. This does two things: It gets his attention and my tone lets him know Iâ€™m not happy with the biting.
Also, if he bites when weâ€™re playing, I stop the play immediately. Bentley, my 3-year-old cat, has a different method to stop Cushâ€™s biting–she bites back.
Cush learned the other day that the cute fuzzy cat can in fact hurt him when he bit her too hard and she retaliatedâ€”not surprisingly, heâ€™s much gentler with her now.
Though he’s a handful at the moment, I know that the puppy stage wonâ€™t last much longer and I should try to enjoy it while it lastsâ€¦biting and all.