Coping with Teething in PONS
As most PON owners have observed, the teething stage can range for some time, but in most cases will end by the time the PON is about 2 years old.If you do an efficient job of directing your PON puppy to appropriate toys some PONS will be focused on their balls and toys by the time they're a year old and able to have more freedom at home. If you've waited until a destructive chewing problem has emerged and are now starting to deal with it in a PON several months of age, plan on restricting house freedom until the PON is somewhat older.
Either way, avoid giving up and because you don't want to use a crate or other confinement long term. Rarely does it need to be forever, unless you have a situation that requires confinement for family issues. Teething is a stage that, with your help, the majority of PONS can come through very well.
An important tool you need for this training is a bottle of Bitter Apple spray or similar product. Bitter Apple has been on the market for a long time, doesn't harm dogs if they ingest it, and doesn't stain most surfaces.This is a training tool, not a protect-the-house tool. Alcohol-based, the spray evaporates quickly and has to be applied three to four times a day to keep its bitter effect active.
When your PON starts exploring, or starts to chew an inappropriate object, take along the Bitter Apple spray and a dog toy and calmly go to your PON. Spray the object your PON is chewing (do not spray your PON), while you calmly say, "Leave it." Instantly animate the dog toy and get your PON excited enough to want it. Do not carry this to extreme teasing because it's not a game. Your goal is to direct the PON's attention to the toy, not to agitate him into a state of high activity. You want your PON to continue thinking of chewing, which PONS do when relaxing at home.As soon as your PON wants the toy, give it to him. When your PON settles with it to chew, softly praise him and return to your previous activity. You have just completed a successful lesson.
You will need to repeat this process countless times. You're helping your PON form strong chewing habits of choosing a dog toy all the time. A young dog with jaws urging chew is apt to make countless mistakes. You want these mistakes made in front of you but you do not want to scare the PON into hiding from you to chew. The longer the PON was allowed to keep making mistakes about chewing before his family started this training, the more habits there will be to overcome. Also the PON needs time to mature.Your PON is learning many valuable lessons in the process of this training, including the fact that his owner loves him.
If you notice your PON returning to an inappropriate item of a certain texture try and get some toys of that texture. This may be a texture your PON's teeth require at that point in his development. Avoid discarded human items. It's not fair to expect a PON to consistently know the difference between old shoes and new shoes! Use dog toys at all times. If you find an item your PON hasdamaged when you weren't watching, it is acceptable to repeat the training if he is still chewing it. If the PON is finished chewing , you have missed your chance. There is nothing you can teach your PON about destructive chewing by punishing him. Your best option is simply to do a better job with supervision, so that your PON is not again put into a position to make this mistake without your help to choose the appropriate toy.
Remember that you are helping your PON form habits for life. Not only do you want him to chew dog toys instead of your belongings, you also want your PON to form the chewing habit! Yes, correct! The PON who continues to chew on appropriate toys through life will typically have better dental health. If you've ever had a dog with teeth that quickly got dirty and needed a lot of dental work, you'll realize that you want a PON who chews. Of course, you want your PON to chew the appropriate toys! Please keep us updated and good luck !