4 simple tips to stop puppy chewing
Puppies are wonderful, and getting a puppy is a fun, exciting time for all, especially kids. But along with your new friend comes a new set of problems.
There are supplies to buy, sleeping arrangements to sort out, and the inevitable puppy puddles to deal with. Most new dog owners expect these things and prepare for them.
What they don’t expect is having their TV remote, cell phone or expensive new sneakers chewed up.
Unfortunately, this is an occupational hazard of getting a new dog. Puppies chew things. They always have, and they always will. So if you’re reading this article because you want to stop puppy chewing, it’s time to re-assess your goals.
The trick is not to stop puppy chewing (an impossible task), but rather to channel your puppy’s chewing in the right direction.
Here are 4 things you can do;
Stop Puppy Chewing: Keep Your Pup Occupied
To a puppy everything is an adventure. They’re either sleeping or exploring. Keep your puppy occupied and you can supervise what he explores, let him get bored and he’ll create his own entertainment, which is likely to involve chewing something.
Stop Puppy Chewing: Give Him Something to Chew On!
Puppies chew constantly, especially when they are teething. Give your pup something to chew and you’ll keep him occupied for hours (or at least until he falls asleep!).
Cool chew toys for puppies include the Buster Cube, Kong toys and Busy Buddy. Some allow you to put treats inside the toy, which provides mentally stimulation, as the puppy has to figure out how to get at the treat.
Don’t however give your puppy anything that can be broken up and swallowed. It is also not a good idea to give old shoes or clothes to the puppy, as he’ll assume that anything with your scent on is fair game – exactly what you don’t want!
Stop Puppy Chewing: Teach Your Pup the “Leave it!” command
Dogs learn at any age and even puppies as young as 8 weeks can be taught basic obedience commands. A useful, and easy, command to teach is “leave it”.
Here’s a simple method. Hold a small treat in your hand. Allow the puppy to sniff it, but when he tries to take it close your fist. The pup will try to get at the treat, but don’t let him have it.
When he gives up show him the treat again. Repeat this until you can hold the treat in your palm without him trying to grab it. Then say “leave it”, wait a second or two and give him the treat.
Stop Puppy Chewing: Teach Your Pup What to Chew
No matter how careful you are, there will be times when your puppy sinks his teeth into something he shouldn’t. When this happens, the temptation is to scold, or even spank, the puppy.
Stop right there! It doesn’t work and will only result in the puppy being fearful of you.
The right approach is to take the object away from the puppy and replace it with something he is allowed to chew on, like a chew toy. Then, when he starts chewing the toy, praise him. Positive re-enforcement always works best.
As with any dog training, patience and persistence are key if you want to stop puppy chewing, so stick with it and you will succeed.