Destructive chewing is quite a usual problem in young dogs and results from the fact that puppies use their mouths as a way to explore the world around them. Chewing is a usual habit for puppies but it becomes disagreeable when it is aimed at the things in your home like 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 trusted veterinarian can help you curb this behavior in your furry friend. Here are a few of the most important things that you need to remember if you want to stop your puppy from chewing your furniture and belongings.
Hide Chewable Items
Do not forget that prevention is vital, so make sure to hide all of the things that your pup can get into his mouth. Even the pieces that may seem to be out of reach may be reached by a iron-willed pet. This includes shoes, children’s toys (especially minuscule toys that your puppy can choke on), clothing pieces (such as socks and underwear) plastic bags, medicine bottles and containers, wallets and purses; and anything similar. 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 extend to items that are in your waste bin, as well as rolls of toilet paper. Make certain that you carefully store precious items such as jewelry in places that a dog cannot get to such as a closed closet, dresser drawer or cabinet.
Prepare a Chew Toy
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 a great to have stuffed chew toys or dental chews in Ziplock bags placed in convenient areas around your home so that you can quickly have one whenever necessary. Many puppies have particular times of day when they are more likely to chew, so you can be sure to curb this behavior from the very beginning if you choose to give your puppy an appropriate chew toy at this time of day. Ensure that you are aware of your dog’s activity level and and make sure to track its weight and adjust based on what you see taking place.