Teething

by Jennie Hoenigsberg
(Shelburne, VT, USA)

We got our Great Pyrenees at 4 months old and he's been great with our kids, our 9 year old dog and our cat. He is now7 months old and the teething seems to be insatiable. He goes through treats like bully sticks and hard brain teaser consumable treats at an alarming rate. Lately, at night when I'm putting my two kids down he has been really bad and in the last two days ate a hole in my daughter's rug and then last night was chewing on the bannister. Am I missing something else that he'd like to chew on? I tried marrow bones for a while, but my older dog was eating bone chips off of them and ended up at the vet. How long will this go on? Also he gets a short walk in the morning, a long walk midday and a short walk before bed so I think he's had enough exercise.

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Crating
by: Donna

You don't mention crating him. Pups chew things. That's just what they do.

Keep him safe and start crating him in a crate big enough for him to stand in, and lie down full out. These dogs will chew for a few years to come.

Crating is not cruel. It just keeps him safe and your house safe when you are not home or at bedtime. Train him by making it fun to go into the crate. Feed him there. Throw treats in there so he goes in and say 'in your crate'. Then throw treats away from the crate saying 'get it'. Do this a few times a days o the crate becomes a good place for him.

If you need help with this, bring in a positive-reinforcement trainer to help you out.

Make sure he also gets play time with other pups and with you when you are doing training games with him.

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