Destructive chewing is an extremely common issue in young dogs and originates from the fact that puppies use their mouths in order to explore the world around them. Chewing is a normal behavior for puppies but it becomes objectionable when it is aimed at the things in your home such as your shoes, furniture, or even your hands and feet. If destructive chewing is not rectified quickly then it can lead to considerable destruction of your personal property, medical issues in your puppy, and the slight destruction of the human-animal bond. A reputable veterinarian can help you stop this behavior in your furry friend. If you want to stop your puppy from chewing your furniture and belongings, here are some of our top tips to help you out.
Hide Chewable Pieces
Keep in mind that prevention is critical, so make certain to hide all of the things that your puppy can get into his mouth. Even the things that may look to be out of reach may be reached by a strong-willed dog. Some examples shoes, children’s toys (specifically small toys that your puppy can choke on), clothing items (such as socks and undergarments) plastic bags, medicine bottles and containers, wallets and purses; and anything else. Make sure that you do not permit your puppy to go into the bathroom without your presence, because there are various objects there that you do not want to get chewed and dispersed all over your house. This can even count items that are in your wastebasket, and even rolls of toilet paper. Be sure that you take the time to store valuable pieces like jewelry in locations that a dog cannot reach such as a closed closet, dresser drawer or cabinet.
Buy a Chew Toy Instead
If your dog attempt to chew on one of your furniture or personal belongings when you are around, just keep him from doing so and re-direct him to an appropriate chew toy. It can be useful to have stuffed chew toys or dental chews in Ziplock bags kept in convenient places around your home so that you can immediately produce one whenever needed. Numerous puppies have specific times of day when they are more likely to chew, so you can make certain to limit this behavior from the very start if you elect to give your puppy an appropriate chew toy at this time of day. Make certain that you are knowledgeable about your dog’s activity level and and make sure to monitor its weight and adjust relying on what you see happening.