SC_YellowDawg wrote:Anything you can do to nip this in the bud? after reading this last night I started thinking and ALL of my pups toys are designed to by chewed (nylabone, squeaker, ect.) .... Does allowing them to chew on things at a young age transfer to chewing on birds later in life?? My dog is 7mo and has not been through FF yet so hopefully that will change the mouth manners
Is your dog chewing on birds now in a retrieve?
IMO there are several things that cause it:
Poor/sloppy mouth habits allowed to develop by owner
Inherently mouthy dog that is an incessant chewer and allowed to (any object)
Neurotic dog who defaults to it and is allowed to (any object)
Dogs with poor bird exposure by owner (bird nips/spurs dog - dog decides it must kill all birds)
So it's dog, owner, or both.
So your squeaky toy may or may not be an issue. But...you realize the squeaky toy represents a play scenario whereby your pup is crushing the wind out of a bird, right?