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Hi guys, 

Dante has been doing really well lately – but his teeth are driving him crazy. I find he has a lot of trouble holding on to the chew toys Mina and Coda like to chew on, and find he’s been latching onto things that won’t move…like the coffee table or the metal sides of his crate. Things that we either don’t want him chewing on, or that could possibly hurt his teeth.

Any ideas? We’ve tried a frozen wash cloth and he really wasn’t interested at all. He has a lot of trouble with stuffed kongs or raw meaty bones. I feel like nailing a nylabone to the floor for him, so it doesn’t slip away from him.  

Anyone found anything that helps or works – or will we just  have to endure the teething stage with him?

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Anyone found anything that helps or works –


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It took Trouble a really long time to get to the point where she wasn’t totally frustrated trying to hold on to something and chew it.  She is better now, but still get’s that agitated attitude going on when she is having a hard time with something like this.  She also was months into her journey before she would attempt to play, I’m guessing for the same reason.  It wasn’t the same and she didn’t know how to compensate for the missing limb.

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LOL Comet we’re certainly not new to puppyville or chewing- that’s about what my house has looked like since Coda came along 5 years ago. Coda didn’t leave much evidence behind though. She didn’t just chew things up, she ate everything she chewed up! I lost many, many pairs of undie and socks to her indestructible tummy. She’s better now, she’s found appropriate things to chew on. Her last feat though a few weeks ago, was a silver gel pen that painted her nails and lips with silver glitter. She looked like she was ready for a night out!

The pups aren’t chewers like Coda was. They haven’t destroyed a single thing yet, not interested in it. At this age Coda had destroyed several hundred dollars worth of stuff, over what she was worth! It was not pretty, LOL. They mostly didn’t start chewing til their teeth started coming. He’ll try over and over to chew on a Nylabone, and after it slips away so many times, he’ll get up and pace, then give in a gnaw on the table or crate. 

He likes sticks because they bend, he can pin them down with his one paw, and bend them up with his mouth. Maybe we could try some of the more flexible toys and banish Coda from the living room while those toys are out – she will still destroy toys in mere seconds!

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I don’t know if this would work, it is just off the top of my head.  I wonder if putting the chew toys on one of those non-skip pads (used for keeping rugs in place) would work.  Like I said it is just a thought.  Emily was a rear leg amputee so I don’t have any experience with it.  Good luck.

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OMD Comet those pics are sooo funny! Stuffie slaugher pics! Yikes!

Hmmmm….well, I really love chewing on carrot sticks and celery. But they aren’t anchored down. You know I think Dante will get it eventually, just like Spirit Jerry did. Dogs will always find a way!  I’m not sure that the chewing of anchored things is directly related to being a Tripawd and not being able to hold stuff, I think it’s just Dante being a puppy.

How about anchoring a carrot stick inside a heavy item, like a Kong? Just a thought.


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