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What To Do If Your Puppy Is Mouthing or Chewing

Many puppies explore the world with their mouths, and chew/mouth on hands and feet. The best way to get through this stage is to either ignore your puppy when it is mouthing or to put something else in its mouth you want it to chew on and praise it for chewing on that. If you think of how puppies play with each other, they are constantly bashing each other around the face. If you tell your puppy no and push its face away from you it’s just going to think that you are playing and get more wound up. It will think that chewing on your hands is a way to get attention. If you instead stand up and turn your back to the puppy (no eye contact either!), the puppy is going to learn that mouthing does not get it any attention at all and will stop.

Puppies do start losing their puppy teeth and getting their adult teeth in around 16 weeks old. At this time the mouthing progresses into a chewing/teething behaviour. Ensure you have lots of different chew toys around that you want your puppy to chew on while its mouth is sore and itchy. For more information on how to maintain and care for your dog’s teeth, visit our Dental Care for Dogs page.

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Last Updated: October 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 6, 2020, one client per appointment will be allowed into the hospital. Below are important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Sunday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Tantallon Veterinary Hospital