Being a human Parent is a huge responsibility and along with it we need to incorporate patience, compassion and love for our pets. When we adopt a little puppy, it is noticed that human parents start getting overwhelmed and restless during the teething stage. A little ones start knowing and chewing and biting everything around the house including furniture, foam, walls et cetera. At such a tender age, it is also difficult to be harsh on them. Our fingers and toes become the main source of delight for them and even though, the biting is tender, many human parents find it irritating. In order to control such behaviour, it is important to make efforts in making your pet understand that such behaviour is unwelcome and unhealthy.
When puppies’ diet during teasing it is called play biting. However, for a human parent, it is irksome and annoying. By implementing a few effective steps, you need to change this habit among us your pet and allow them to grow peacefully with renewed confidence.
Whenever your puppy is in the mood for play biting, you may pretend to be in pain and raise your voice to express the pain. The expression needs to be in moderation so that it does not scare your puppy and make him/her lose his confidence. By expressing your pain, they intuitively stop biting too hard. Gradually, with regular exercise of this habit, they stop biting for pleasure.
Implement ‘Time Out’
During your free time, if you find that your pet is biting and chewing, then you can instantly say that this is not good behaviour and take a break by staying away. It will give a signal to your pet that whenever it makes an attempt to bite, it will not be entertained and you will not continue playing if your pet keeps biting. Slowly, your pet will start realising that biting is not favourable for continuance of enjoyment in playtime. Are motions always come in us and the same applies to our pets. They also choose happiness over pleasure. They begin to value your time spent with them and subtly, they stop chewing and biting to encourage companionship with their human parent.
Another successful gesture to indicate that biting is not welcome is by putting your hands in your armpits every time your pet time tries to bite. Look into their eyes strictly, sternly say ‘No’ and tuck your hands into your arm pits.
Gift your pets Chewy Toys
There is a wide range of chewy toys for your pet. They are often created in the shapes of your pet’s favourite items that it gnaws on, like house slippers, balls, shoes, etc. These toys are made using harmless products and materials that soothes the gums and addresses teething problems, thereby, offering a non-destructive, quiet escape from boredom. Every time they make any chance to buy, you can offer the chewy toy as an alternative. This way, they will know that it is okay to nibble on the toy and not your fingers or toes. It will give them a fair idea about what is permissible to chew and what not to chew.
Keeping your pet busy
Channelise your pet’s energy in walks, exercise and indulging them in playful activities so that they are distracted from the teething problems. When they have ample free time, they start biting and chewing around the house. Hence, keeping them busy through activities helps them in focusing on the games.
Maintain your Calm
Biting and chewing during the teething stage is a temporary phase. It is important to keep in mind that after six months, the habit will change and your loving pet will no longer adhere to annoying habits like biting, until and unless it is stressed or angry for some reasons. Hence, your own happiness goes a long way in checking your pet’s bad habits.
Motivate Good Behaviour
Every time your pet behaves appropriately, you should motivate them by responding positively and resort to the habit of giving treats. Whenever you get an indication that it is going to run and jump aggressively, control them by giving treats closer to your feet so that they feel motivated and behave calmly by your side. This even helps in manning them for walks so that they are trained to walk by your side in even strides without rushing.
Providing Higher Exposure
Your pet should not be restricted within the premises of your residence. Take them out regularly and expose them in a phased manner to other human beings, kids, nature etc. Be cognitive while introducing and exposing them to new things and events. Whenever you get an inkling of aggression, act immediately in a disciplined manner without scaring them. They know you are the master and will listen to every instruction from you.
Never be Violent
Whatever habits annoy you, you must never resort to violent actions like beating, hitting, threatening etc. Pets are highly sensitive in nature and violence will trigger extreme reactions in them. They will either withdraw into their own shell or attack you mercilessly. Hence, there is a thin line between being assertive and offensive. At all times, you need to deal with your pup with patience and composure.
Consult a Trainer/Dog Whisperer
Dog whisperers and trainers strike a natural cord with your pet to understand the latent truth behind their behaviour. They work in both, emotional and physical level, to instil good behaviour in your pet. If you feel that the habits have not improved in six months, then it is better to consult a trainer or whisperer.
Our pets often bring untold joy into our lives. Their mere presence imparts the courage to handle all kinds of challenges in our life. Their growing years are crucial in moulding their futuristic behaviour and when they silently offer strength to our spirit, it is definitely not much to cater to their transformations in a patient and loving manner. Let us pave the way to happiness by motivating their love and safeguard their personality.