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What to expect at 10 months

Written by: Kassie Dickson, CPDT-KA, K9 Koach

By this time, your puppy should have all of their adult teeth. This means that the chew toys that your dog had as a pup are not sufficient to withstand their newfound jaw strength.

It’s important to change up the chew toys you have available so that your pup has safe items that will not be torn up easily or ingested. To help with mental stimulation, try changing up their chew toys a few times a week.

Always supervise your pup.

TIP

Looking to burn off that extra puppy energy?

Add a game of fetch 🥏 or hide and seek 👀 to your daily routine.

TRAINING

JUMPING UP

Jumping up is a problem almost every dog owner faces. It’s a fairly easy habit to fix but requires you to be consistent.

Don’t allow your friends and family to let your pup jump up. Every time it happens, turn your back and don’t acknowledge your pooch until they have 4 paws on the floor. Then reward them with the attention they’re seeking!

 

CHASE

Chase can be a fun and rewarding game for your puppy.

It’s something we can use to our advantage to teach a recall. It’s also something your puppy will love to do for attention if you aren’t careful. 

When your puppy gets a hold of inappropriate items, be sure to never chase them! Calmly walk towards your pup or call them to you, and trade them for something better, such as treats, an acceptable toy, or even kibble.

Make trade a fun game so your puppy loves coming to you, and you never have to chase them down!

 

Running out of tricks to practice?

Make flashcards of all the tricks your pup knows and pick at random. Nothing keeps your pup on their toes than a quick refresher session.  — Kassie Dickson, CPDT - KA

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