|Barked: Mon Apr 30, '07 1:15pm PST |
|1) When exactly IS the teething period?
Yeah, 4-6 months is about right. Your pup may want to chew anything and everything during this time, or nothing at all - some pups find it painful to even crunch kibble when teething. Pay attention if you see baby teeth hanging around in the same spots permanent teeth are coming in. Retained puppy teeth often need to be pulled, so point them out to your vet. They'll usually pull them when you're under sedation to get fixed.
(2) What is "normal" for housebreaking?
There is no "normal," unfortunately. Some pups take a day, some take months. The key is to be consistent and to address the problems of your particular pup, whether he may be having trouble controlling his bladder for a long time, telling you when he needs to go out, etc. A vet I had once threw out a number at me.. she said if your pup has gone 3 months without an accident, you can consider him housetrained.
The accidents you're talking about, however, like peeing when scared or excited, sound like submissive urination and is really more a behavioral issue than a potty-training issue. Google it and see what you find. It might be something you need to consult with a behaviorist or trainer about at some point.
Good luck with puppyhood! It can be stressful but also a lot of fun! And what a cutie you have!
Edited by author Mon Apr 30, '07 1:16pm PST
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