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Chewing my trouser legs!

Posted: 03 Nov 2020, 09:56
by Stedders
Ziggy (12 weeks old) has the rather irritating habit of biting at my trouser legs (my short term strategy is to tuck my trousers into a pair of old football sock!) but I am looking for any longer-term solutions.

The standard approach I take is to have other toys to hand, that I can use to distract him – this normally lasts for about five minutes before he reverts back to his default of just wanting to chew my trousers (or remnants of football socks).

I appreciate that all puppies go through such stages and that (hopefully) it is something he will grow out of – but I just wondered if anyone here had any tips or pearls of wisdom on this.

Re: Chewing my trouser legs!

Posted: 03 Nov 2020, 13:43
by Oscar 12345
Ha, my Oscar used to do this and when I walked he used to sweep the floor with his bottom. Otto never did it, he likes to lick the floor instead. I think you are doing the right thing in not allowing it to happen re tucking your trousers away.. that's perfect, it's such a fab game for them. Distraction for something more interesting works also until they get bored as you have found out. He will grow out of it I promise, in the meantime, just remember it will be a fab memory for the future.

Re: Chewing my trouser legs!

Posted: 03 Nov 2020, 14:23
by Oscar 12345
Just to add, great advice given to me was.... Ignore what you don't like, praise what you do like and manage what you think is unacceptable.

Re: Chewing my trouser legs!

Posted: 03 Nov 2020, 21:43
by Dawnspell
Is this just while you're walking or when sat down aswell ?

Jasper was an absolute teeth monster. He didn't go for trouser legs though he used to sink his needles into your feet:)) I taught him the touch command to touch my hand. Especially useful if you're trying to walk somewhere and don't have a distraction toy. You can put your hand to the front or side and ask for "touch" and reward and repeat to go where you want. With Barney my son was only 10 at the time and terrified of him biting, he wore wellies in the house and would stand still like a free if he started going for his feet :)) That worked :D

Have treats on you at all times so you can reward behaviours you like as they happen. I always have a little bank coin bag with some treats in a pocket at all times even now he's 18 months old.

Re: Chewing my trouser legs!

Posted: 21 Nov 2020, 16:06
by Stedders
Update: almost three weeks on and Ziggy just seems to have grown out of this. He's not done any of this sort of thing for the last couple of weeks.