Here is what to do:
#1. Interrupt your Maltese.
Normally, we do not advise a sharp 'No!' for a teething puppy, since the urge to chew is not a 'bad' behavior. A 'no' may be appropriate in some cases for adults; it really depends what they are chewing on.
If the dog is ripping at the carpeting, a 'no' would be applicable; after all, you had no way to proof for that. However, if your Maltese is biting at your shoe, that shoe should not have been there. Most dogs have no idea what is a toy and what is not, unless they are taught.
Since a sharp word is not always the right thing to do, you may clap your hands together loudly. This works for some dogs. Each has their own sensitivity to this. For those that ignore their humans, a behavior interrupter device (those that make a short hissing noise) may work better.
. Once you have your Maltese's attention, it will be important to immediately show him what you'd like for him to be doing instead, which will be chewing on a toy. So, do be ready for this.
You will not want any pauses such as jogging away to find his toy. You may wish to have small bins in several places, so that they are right within reach.
Offer your dog a tempting toy, using enthusiasm. If it is a teething toy that holds a scent and flavor, wave it under his nose. If it is a chew toy that makes a noise, show him that noise a few times.
As soon as your Maltese takes the toy, give praise via a happy 'Good, dog!'.
If several minutes go by and your Maltese is still paying attention to his toy, offer more praise and occasionally a treat; but do not interact with him to such an extent that you draw his focus away from his good behavior.
When this sort of training is repeated for every infraction, within 2 weeks or so, a dog will understand what is expected.
are our recommended teething toys that are sized small enough for Maltese puppies, and
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