For all dogs – including puppies – chewing is a normal habit that can obviously become a problem once they start getting into things they shouldn’t. Below are some suggestions to puppy chewing prevention.
- Give your puppy enough exercise – tired puppies get into less trouble.
- Encourage appropriate chewing – Give them bones or chew toys to help with teething.
- Do not give your puppy any old things like shoes or socks, they will not understand the difference between your old things and your new things.
- Supervise your dog until he or she learns the house rules. Keep your dog with you on his leash in the house so he can’t make a mistake out of your sight. Confine him when you’re unable to keep an eye on him. Choose a safe place that’s puppy-proof, and provide fresh water and toys. If your dog is crate trained, you can also place them in their crate for short periods of time.
- If they get a hold of something you don’t want them to have DO NOT chase them. They will associate this with a game and will do it more and more when they want attention. Instead go grab a treat and tell them to come to you. Praise them for the good behavior of coming to you.
Keep in mind that puppies will be puppies, and you have to be patient and continue to work daily on eliminating bad habits. If you provide your dog with a range of chews, plenty of play-sessions and the opportunity to explore different environments, you will be well on the way to having a contented dog that only chews things he is supposed to.