Safe Play And Handling Puppies
Just like human babies, puppies need a lot of rest. It’s important to give them down time as well as exciting play time.
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As your puppy plays, they will use their mouths as well as their paws. This is normal, but puppy teeth are sharp and it’s important your puppy learns early on what they can and cannot munch on!
- Use appropriately sized toys. Your puppy is still a baby and a big ball might be too much for their little jaws! On the flip-side, small item are easily swallowed and can result in surgery to retrieve! Keep to puppy-sized toys to keep them happy, and make sure you get new toys as they grow.
- Don't use your hands. When you're growing up, it's hard to tell the difference between fingers and toys if they are used for the same thing! Making sure play is always with toys and not hands can help stop your puppy from getting confused and can help prevent puppy biting.
- Toys specially designed for teething puppies can be gentler on little mouths. Puppies generally get their adult teeth between 4 and 6 months old, although each puppy is different. Getting your puppy used to tooth brushingearly on can also help protect these new gnashers!
- Use toys only. If you don't want your dog to rip up your newspaper, don't use it to tickle him during play time! Now is the time to teach your puppy what they can and can't play with, and using household items like slippers, newspapers and cushions as toys will result in these being regarded as fun and acceptable chew targets.
- Make training fun! Training a puppy shouldn't feel like a chore to either of you. Building training into play, such as teaching fetch and drop it is a great way to puppy parent and you will find drop it very useful with an inquisitive pup around the house!