Your new puppy makes your heart melt–and your table legs wobbly! The need to gnaw escalates during the teething phase of puppy hood. But you can save your furniture and promote good dental habits with these great tips:
1. Smear hollow rubber toys with peanut butter, soft cheese, or even chicken fat or bacon grease. Any of these flavors is a whole lot more appealing to your puppyís taste buds than bare wood. You can also use bitter-flavored chewing deterrents, sold in most pet stores.
2. Stop puppy chewing with chicken broth ice cubes. Roll a few cubes around on the kitchen floor so that your teething puppy can chew and soothe her sore gums.
3. Knot a clean old dish towel, wet it, and let it chill in the freezer. Give it to your teething puppy to massage her tender gums. Donít worry: make the knot big and your puppy canít swallow it.
Adapted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Dog, by Arden Moore (Storey Books, 2000). Copyright (c) 2000 by Arden Moore. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Dog, by Arden Moore (Storey Books, 2000).