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My Lab pup has grown a habit of putting everything into her mouth, help?

M facing a problem with my pup(2.5months Lab). She has grown a habit of putting everything into her mouth....does not bother what it is. If we say not to do it..she listens but soon after she repeats it. She licks the staircases...puts the dirt from the corner of the room into her mouth...its not possible to monitor her every time and those things might be toxic.... Tips to rectify it, plz.............
By Ayon Saha · 06 Dec 2011 9:53 am

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By Shanu · 06 Dec 2011 1:41 pm
first of all you deworm it
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By Ayon Saha · 06 Dec 2011 3:02 pm
She was dewormed on 16/11/12...got a 7-in-1 shot on 28/11/12....dewormed again on 6/12/12(today).
M using half Cantel tab.

Let's see if she changes......

Meanwhile......any other tips......????
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By Rahul Bhardwaj · 06 Dec 2011 3:11 pm
start to give her calcium syrup also....
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By Ayon Saha · 06 Dec 2011 6:58 pm
Since she has been with me(40 days old) she is being given SHELCAL (calcium syrup supplemented with Vitamin D3)....2.5ml twice a day after lunch and dinner or 5ml after dinner (if miss in the afternoon).
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By pennypup · 06 Dec 2011 8:36 pm
She is teething. Her teeth ache since her adult teeth will soon be growing in.
When you catch her chewing something, immediately say "Off" in a firm tone. Remove the object from her mouth and replace it with a toy she can chew like a bone, rope toy, ball etc. Then pet her and praise her when she chews the toy.

To keep her from chewing things in your absense, she should be placed into a crate or pen. Puppies are very much like babies and need constant supervision. She can't be left alone so you must confine her to a save area.

Is she eating kibble? If so, stop giving her calcium. Too much calcium can cause severe damage to her bones as she grows.
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By Ayon Saha · 06 Dec 2011 9:20 pm
Thanks...I generally do the same that u just explained but she seems a little mischievous, even if she is given chew sticks, she will search for all other things leaving the stick behind....very naughty...!!!

Actually, she has grown the bad habit recently....she has been teething since long but these days I'm simply getting damn agitated when i see her licking staircase and putting rubbish into her mouth after repeated "off" command!!
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By pennypup · 07 Dec 2011 1:46 am
Oh yes, puppies can really try your patience! Just keep on the training and she'll turn into a very well behaved dog in no time. =D
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By SaiShyam · 07 Dec 2011 3:25 am
Dogs are not babies. Dogs are animals.They have their sense far better even from puppyhood.it already senses that you are not in control and he can do whatever he want and you not going to harm him so this habit may soon turn aggressiveness so its better to adapt some technique of firmness and let her know that you are the pack leader and he has to do what you suggest.Did you ever see street dogs playing with ur bike tyres or car tyres or with some people's footwear etc? They will never think or do cos their mom controls her from the start.
Humans have diff nature,dogs sense their weakness like instant so to keep a dog a bond has to be built and has to be from the day one.SO best of luck and try to be firm from now on.This way he will be in future very good dog instead of bad one.
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By Ayon Saha · 08 Dec 2011 7:41 pm
Thanks!!
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By hansa iyengar · 06 Jan 2012 2:36 pm
I agree with SaiShyam here. It seems that the dog considers himself the alpha. There are 2 things happening here, one the pup is teething and two ur not controlling him properly. Always, always remember that any behaviour prob the dog has is YOUR fault since you did not rectify it at the onset. I would advice that you give the dog something to chew like a twisted rope chew toy, old tennis ball, or a knotted cloth rice-bag. NEVER give the dog any of your things like old socks, old slippers, etc as very soon the pup might take up chewing new stuff. Keep a watch on the pup and the moment u see it chewing or putting waste material in its mouth, immediately scold in a loud voice or make a loud noise that will scare the pup. Also, u should begin socialising the pup and ensuring that you're the alpha for the 'pack' (dogs consider their human family as their pack and hence need a strict and consistent leader (you) otherwise they will become the leader themselves). You can find a lot of material on the net on how to establish yourself as the alpha. Some of the simple things u can do are: never allow dog on furniture, always eat something first (every family member shud eat) before feeding the dog as in dog-world only the alpha eats first, feed the pup from his bowl with ur hands for a month or so and do not let the pup growl at u when u approach his food bowl while eating, always be firm and consistent in ur commands (yes, u can start training now, in fact u shud start from day 1). Good luck and remember, a disciplined dog is a good dog always :)
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