Training Dogs To Chew On The Right Things

Chewed dog toy. Good boy!

Our homes are usually the most expensive asset that we have, and most people spend years to actually pay for them. We try and fill them up with nice furniture, carpet and other things to make it more comfortable and to make it look more comforting. Enter: New Puppy. Your puppy has no value of the money or time that you spent fixing your house up to get it exactly the way that you wanted it. Puppies tend to begin chewing (nearly everything) at the age of four months when they begin teething. Puppies are also incredibly curious and like to chew on things to explore their surroundings. There are plenty of “chewing deterrents” available at most pet stores. There are also a few tips that I want to share that you can do to ensure that your puppy does not fall into the habit of chewing the wrong things.

Praise Your Dog After He Does Well

So, say you walk into your living room where you notice that your puppy is tearing into the side of a couch. The worst thing that you can do is to interrupt with a loud shout or noise. The dog may take that as an invitation to become even more rowdy or just as loud. What you want to do is offer it a chew toy that it is familiar with. Once your pup accepts the toy and begins ignoring your couch, praise it with a treat and kind, gentle words. Your dog will get the hang of what is acceptable and will build somewhat of an obsession with its acceptable toys. There are also plenty of chew bones that you can offer your pup. Some of them even have medical benefits, you can trick your puppy into appropriate chewing as well as receiving medical gains.

Puppy Proof Your House

Let’s visit our responsibility as pet owners. If we don’t want our puppy to chew on certain things, we shouldn’t leave them available to tempt them. Not that we can hide our couch or wooden entertainment center but there are plenty of other products that we may leave around that can lead the dog astray from his proper chewing training. Shoes and socks should obviously never be left in reach of your pup. There is something about a dirty sock that a puppy just can’t resist. Never break down and allow your puppy to chew on an old pair of shoes or socks that you don’t use anymore. That will ultimately confuse it when it gets disciplined for not knowing the difference when it begins chewing on a good pair. The same goes for other belongings and household items. Don’t forget that just about every room we have in our homes has a door that can be shut to block any chance of a puppy’s curiosity getting the best of it. It wouldn’t hurt to consider crate/cage training for those times that you can’t be there to make sure that your puppy is not getting into anything that it shouldn’t be.

Dog Bone Chew

A Tired Dog Will Not Misbehave

Remember that a tired dog is a well-behaved dog. Take some time out of your day to exercise and play with your puppy – really wear it out. When your dog is exhausted, it won’t really have the energy to explore its curiosity and will be more concerned with finding a nice warm place to nap. Playing is another good way to introduce appropriate toys that your dog is allowed to chew on. Find an appropriately sized ball for your dog and utilize that in your playing time. You’ll want a ball that is small enough that your dog can carry it around in its mouth but big enough that there will not be choking risk.

Medical Problems Can Disrupt A Dog’s Behavior

There may be a small chance that your dog’s chewing is a result of a medical issue. If it can’t seem to break the habit of chewing anything that it can get its mouth around, it’s time for a vet visit. Dogs are known for eating different things, looking for nutrients that they are lacking from their regular diets. Some dogs can use chewing as a coping mechanism if they’re dealing with an intestinal problem. Your vet can tell you if you may need to adjust your dog’s food or if it is just being a typical puppy and you need to follow the steps that we’ve covered.

Having a new puppy in your life is one of the most joyous occasions that you can do for yourself and your family. There is stress, of course. Hopefully, you can use some of these tips on making the transition more pleasant than stressful. It always helps to remember that your dog is there to become your loyal companion, it just needs your guidance. It also wants to get to know everything that is going on in its new environment, sometimes chewing is the only way it knows how to do it. But by showing your puppy attention and steering it towards things that it is allowed to chew on, your dog will not have much problem becoming familiar with its surroundings in its new “no chew zone.”