give your puppy an old shoe or sock to chew on. Puppies don't understand
the difference between new and old.'
Puppies chew on whatever they can get their
mouths on for any number of reasons: they are bored, they have a lot of
energy, they are teething, or they are just curious. Dogs learn through
their mouths. It is their tool; it is how they receive a great deal of
information. They are naturally inclined to use their mouths whenever they
Fortunately, most destructive chewing
behavior can be prevented or controlled. To prevent problem chewing and to
direct your pup's natural inclination to chew toward appropriate objects,
follow these simple guidelines:
Puppy-proof the confined area. If possible,
remove all items your puppy can chew on, including socks, shoes,
furniture, plants, etc., from any area in which you confine your puppy.
Tape over electrical outlets and make sure electrical cords are out of
your pup in a crate, cage, or puppy-proofed
area when you are away. Because puppies learn with their mouths, giving
your teething puppy free rein in the house is asking for trouble. Keep
them confined; you do not want them to go to school on your expensive
living room furniture.
supervise your uncrated pup. Not unlike
caring for a toddler, you should always be aware of where your uncrated
pup is and what he is doing.
puppy chew toys. The sole focus of your
dog's chewing should be directed toward items you select. There are a
wide range of items to choose from, including Gumabone and Nylabone-type
products. There are also many safe, long-lasting chew toys that are made
especially for teething puppies that will keep them occupied and content
for hours. Examples would be knotted rawhide and durable rubber teething
products, like Kong toys, that satisfy your puppy's need for chewing and
gum stimulation. The items should not be similar to articles you do not
want your puppy to chew. Your puppy can not tell the difference between
your new dress shoes and an old tattered pair.
departures low key to avoid causing
separation anxiety, which is often expressed through nonstop
barking, whining, or destructive chewing. Before you leave, add your
scent to your dog's toy. Rub the bone between your hands and give it to
your pup as you leave.
puppy plenty of exercise to relieve boredom
and burn off energy - two significant factors contributing to
chewing of inappropriate objects. If you catch your pup in the
act of chewing anything but his chew toy, remove the object and replace
it with an acceptable chew toy. If your pup then chews on the toy,
praise him. You always want to reinforce desired behavior with praise.
If possible, treat the 'inappropriate object' with a product designed to
deter chewing, such as Grannick's Bitter Apple or Drs. Foster and Smith
Chew Stop that will give it a bad taste.
pup to ignore non-toy objects if he
consistently chews the wrong things. Place tempting objects on the floor
along with your pup's chew toy and pretend not to pay any attention to
him. If (and usually when) he starts to put his mouth over one of the
forbidden objects, correct with a firm 'No!' and point out his bone.
Once he learns he can only have the toy when you are in the room, it is
time to leave the room for short intervals.
If he chews on forbidden objects after you
leave the room, your quick return will catch him in the act - the only
time when corrective action should be taken. Again, give him the toy,
and praise if it is accepted. If he is chewing forbidden objects but you
cannot catch him, he should be crated when unsupervised until he learns
what is and is not acceptable to chew on.
The obvious purpose of this training is
to prepare your puppy for the day when he can be trusted to be alone in
the house and not confined.