Labrador chewing problems

August 18, 2012 – 00:00

The Labrador retriever is dog that was bred to hold things in its mouth. Its working function is to fetch birds or other small game that has been shot and bring them back to its master. Therefore it is perfectly natural for your Lab puppy to want to hold things in its mouth and, yes, even chew things.

If you want to stop your puppy chewing anything at all then you are not being realistic. Remember your puppy will be teething and also learning about its world. Part of this learning will be to put things into its mouth.

Puppy Chewing –The Rules

The two common misconceptions when reacting to a chewing puppy are;

  • Thinking that the Labrador puppy must chew nothing at all. This false belief is usually based on the idea that if a puppy chews then you are setting it up to be a destructive dog. This misconception is normally accompanied by scolding of the puppy if he so much as mouths anything.
  • The second misconception is based on a belief that a puppy must be allowed to chew everything and anything because he is young and learning.

In reality, a Labrador puppy must be allowed to chew some things because he needs to as part of his development. However he must also be given guidelines based around not chewing anything that is not his property or that he doesn’t have permission to chew.

Teach Responsible Chewing

The most important thing is not to punish your puppy for chewing things. Dishing out punishment will only succeed in confusing your new Labrador puppy and breaking down its trust in you.

Make sure that your Lab has plenty of teething toys and things of his own that he can play with and chew on. By providing teething toys you can swap them for your own items with your puppy to teach him the items that he is permitted to chew.


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A Labradoodle website! It sounds to me like they have done some thought about the genetics. A simple recessive gene for a "poodle coat" would mean that approximately 25% of any litter would be non-shedding. Unfortunately, they couldn't quite let go of the fiction, since the last sentence seem to negate the rest.
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Flat Coat - these are always more hair, than wool or fleece textured, and will definitely shed to some degree. Are lowest maintenance of all.
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