Puppies chew. It is one of the ways they explore and learn about the world around them. They also chew as part of their teething process. Training a puppy to stop chewing is not about stopping this instinctual behaviour but rather about rerouting it into a more acceptable practice. By being vigilante to your puppy's actions and providing him with an appropriate object to chew on, destructive chewing can be greatly reduced and, in many cases, eliminated entirely.
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Things you need
- Chew toys
- Dog crate
- Chew deterrent
Purchase appropriate chew toys for your puppy. Toys should be the right size and made specifically for dogs. Avoid any toys that look like household items, such as shoes or newspapers, since you do not want to confuse the puppy. Until a puppy has stopped inappropriate chewing, only provide him with one chew toy at a time. Too many toys can make it difficult to teach the puppy that only specific items are OK for him to chew on.
Trade out an inappropriate object, such as a shoe, for a chew toy whenever you catch your puppy in the act of chewing something he should not be. Praise him for switching his chewing to the toy. Avoid scolding him for chewing on an inappropriate object.
Crate train your puppy. By training him to be comfortable in his crate, there is never a reason for him to have access to your belongings without proper supervision. Crate training, when done with patience, is an invaluable method not only for training your puppy to stop chewing but also for housebreaking him.
Puppy-proof your house. As your puppy earns more unsupervised time in a room, you want to improve his chances for good behaviour. Place anything that might tempt him, such as shoes, socks and books, out of reach. Be sure to place one or two of his toys in plain view. If he is interested in the furniture, spray it with a chew-deterrent available from your local pet store.
Tips and warnings
- Be patient and consistent. Always respond with an appropriate toy and avoid leaving your puppy unsupervised until he shows more interest in his toys than your shoes.
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