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How to Stop Frustrating Puppy Chewing

 

Puppy chewing is not only frustrating and possibly expensive, it can become a gnawing problem in the long term if it isn't corrected early. While chewing helps puppies relieve stress, strengthen their jaws, cut teeth, and is their natural way of exploring things when they are young, uncorrected inappropriate chewing can eventually lead to more destructive behaviors, medical complications, and can even interfere with the human-animal bond. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to teach your furry friend not to chew on inappropriate things without sacrificing your prized possessions.


Remove Temptation

 

It is important to remember that your puppy is at a very inquisitive stage in his or her development. It is a good idea to puppy proof the areas that your puppy has access to in order to help protect him, as well as your belongings, from harm. Put away shoes, socks, and kids toys to begin with, and be sure to place toxic plants, household cleaners and other dangerous items out of reach. Remember that electrical cords can pose a dangerous risk to your pet as well. If you cannot make them inaccessible, consider a taste deterrent to protect your four legged friend.

 

 

Offer Acceptable Alternatives


Satisfy your puppy's desire to chew by offering safer, more acceptable solutions like toys that are specifically made for puppy chewing, balls, nylabones and dental chews. Beware of chicken bones, which can splinter and puncture your dog's intestinal tract. Rawhides and beef bones should be given with care, since more determined puppies can gnaw them into smaller pieces which can result in them becoming choke hazards. You may also wish to avoid things like old shoes, socks or stuffed toys because your dog cannot distinguish them from the ones you would rather keep.

 

 

Keep Your Puppy Contained


Be sure to block access to areas that have been puppy proofed to keep your pet free from danger. Additionally, you might want to consider keeping him or her in a crate or puppy playpen when supervision is not possible.

 


Correct Inappropriate Chewing


If you do happen to catch your puppy chewing on something inappropriate, promptly scold him and immediately take the item away. Be sure to replace it with an acceptable chew toy, ball or chew stick and then offer praise when he begins to chew on it. Before long, your pet will learn which items are okay to chew on. If unacceptable puppy chewing habits have already been established, it can be difficult, but not impossible to discourage them. Taste deterrents like bitter apple are often effective at stopping determined chewers in their tracks.

 


Interact with Your Puppy


Some puppies chew out of boredom or anxiety. Be sure to spend plenty of time playing with your new friend and offering him ample amounts of attention. Doing so will not only strengthen the bond you have with your pet, it will also help him expend energy, and a tired puppy is a well behaved puppy!

 


Take a Trip to the Vet


It is important to determine whether your puppy has an underlying medical condition that may be contributing to inappropriate chewing. Gastrointestinal upset, nutritional deficiencies or pest infestation can sometimes trigger puppy chewing as a coping mechanism.

 

 

For more information on dogs' inappropriate chewing, and how to keep yours safe, contact us today at Kybra Kennels!

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