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Ways To Stop Puppy Chewing
If you’re trying to stop your puppy chewing on things she should not, you must first recognize that chewing is a very natural and expected behavior in a young puppy. All puppies are going to chew on things, either because they are bored or because they are teething. Following are ways to stop puppy chewing on things you don’t want her to ruin.
It’s not a matter of actually stopping that chewing, but redirecting it towards a better object. You need to generate enough things for your puppy to do that she will not want to chew up your carpet, slippers, or couch cushions.
Why Should You Stop A Puppy Chewing
When a puppy is young, many people assume that they can let the puppy continue chewing on whatever she wants. It’s natural, right? Or they do the opposite and yell at their puppy, confusing her and causing other behavior problems. In reality, your response should be somewhere in the middle, showing the puppy that chewing on your things is not okay, but that there are plenty of alternatives.
If you do not take steps to make sure your puppy’s chewing is under control, then you may regret it when she is an adult and the habit is very ingrained. Cute when they are little – horrible when they are mature!
How To Stop A Puppy Chewing
When it comes necessary to stop puppy chewing furniture and other precious objects, there are a few very simple things you can do. To start with, NEVER scold your puppy openly or hit her for any reason. No matter how angry you get, always make sure you do not direct your anger towards your puppy.
Not only is this likely to seriously confuse her, but it is unlikely that she understands what she has done wrong. Instead, consider taking the following actions.
Instead of simply trying to stop your dog from chewing on your things, teach your puppy to chew on allowed things. When you catch your puppy chewing on a slipper, replace it with one of your puppy’s own toys, and then praise puppy when she starts chewing on the toy. This will teach your puppy that the new item is good and the old one is not.
Keep Your Puppy Busy
To stop puppy chewing, you need to take some steps to keep her from getting too bored. Even when not teething, a puppy will chew to keep active. It i entertainment and enjoyment for dogs. The best ways to stop your dog from chewing is to see to it that she gets plenty of exercise and puppy games when you are at home. When you’re not home make sure there are stimulating toys that will keep her active.
Crate Train Your Puppy
If your puppy gets into your things when you’re not home, it is a very good idea (if you have not already) to crate train her so she has limited access whenever you are not there. You can even keep your puppy in a single room while you’re away to limit their access, but the goal here is the same. Make sure her crate or room is inviting, has water and plenty of toys … and most important, that she enjoys being in there See my article on how to crate training puppies for some tips.
If you don’t have a crate for your puppy, it is worth getting one as they are seriously indispensable for training. They are also great to be able to have a safe place where you can put your puppy whenever you need to keep him out from under foot.
To stop puppy chewing on things like carpet or couch cushions, which puppy teeth can totally destroy, there are aversion sprays that are safe to use. Consider trying a humane spray like Bitter Apple Spray that does not taste good to her, but will do her no harm. She will quickly associate those items with the yucky bitter apple bad taste that will keep her from chewing them.
Chewing behaviors in a puppy are completely normal, but it should never be allowed to be directed to your possessions or your fingers. If it is, you will need to experiment with different ways to stop puppy chewing and start shifting it to something different and acceptable.
Being Consistent: If you really want to stop dogs chewing, make sure you are consistent in all of your actions. Don’t let your puppy chew on a slipper or a sock if you want her to leave your clothing alone. Don’t let her have a stuffed animal as a toy and then expect her to know which stuffed animals are not okay.
As the owner, lay down strict rules and follow them. Your puppy will learn quickly enough and the puppy chewing will just a stage she went through.