How to Stop Puppy Chewing

How to Stop Puppy Chewing

Puppy chewing is a normal behavior for puppies.  Puppies use their mouths to explore things, just like human babies do.  It’s when it becomes a problem – like when your puppy is chewing furniture, your shoes or other objects that you’d prefer not get ruined – that’s when you have to figure out how to stop puppy chewing – and fast!

How to Stop Puppy ChewingNeed Help Training Your Puppy?

Before we get into the reasons why puppies chew and how to stop puppy chewing, I want to give you a recommendation for super effective and affordable puppy training.  It’s called the Perfect Puppy Program, created by Professional Dog Trainer and Behavioral Specialist, Doggy Dan.  He is the owner of the dog training website, TheOnlineDogTrainer.com.  The Perfect Puppy Program covers, in step-by-step videos, how to address all puppy behavioral issues.  Feel free to check it out:

How to Stop Puppy Chewing

Why Do Puppies Chew Everything?

There are several reasons why puppies chew everything.  Figuring out why your puppy is chewing is definitely the best way to figure out how to stop it.

 

Teething.  Just like with human babies, teething is a painful process for puppies.  They do tend to chew more during this time because their gums are so irritated and the chewing helps to relieve the discomfort.How to Stop Puppy ChewingExploring.  Just like human babies, puppies like to put things in their mouths.  It’s how they explore the world around them.  Usually puppies will outgrow this habit over time.  The best thing to do is puppy proof your house in the meantime.

Boredom.  Puppies have an enormous amount of energy.  They have to direct that energy somewhere – and that might just end up being your coffee table!  Evaluate whether your puppy is getting enough physical activity.  Is he being taken for a walk every day? Are his walks long enough?  How about mental stimulation – does he have toys to play with?  They say a tired dog is a good dog.  This is absolutely true.

Separation anxiety.  If the puppy is chewing everything while you’re away from home, then he may be suffering from separation anxiety. This needs to be addressed by discovering the underlying issue for the anxiety, and taking steps to correct it.  You can read my article about solving separation anxiety in dogs HERE.  If your puppy or dog is not just chewing on furniture, but absolutely destroying it, he’s likely suffering from separation anxiety.

How to Stop Puppy ChewingHow to Get a Puppy to Stop Chewing 

Here are some steps you can take to get your puppy to stop chewing everything: 

Puppy proof your home.  Look around for any possible dangers to your puppy.  Put household cleaners and chemicals out of his reach, as well as any potentially toxic plants.  Make sure electrical cords are either made inaccessible or covered.  Your puppy chewing on those could result in electrocution.  Also remove items that are likely to appeal to your puppy like shoes, socks, children’s toys, etc.  And block access to rooms you don’t want the puppy in with baby gates.  You might also consider crate training your puppy for the times when he cannot be supervised.  You can get professional help from Doggy Dan in this FREE crate training tutorial:

How to Stop Puppy Chewing

Show them what to chew on.  The best way to encourage appropriate chewing is to provide chew toys for your puppy to enjoy.  You can find a nice selection of inexpensive puppy chew toys HERE.  Make sure you’re giving toys that are appropriate for puppies, and make sure the toy doesn’t have any small parts that can be broken off and swallowed.

Redirect them if they’re chewing on something they shouldn’t.  If you’ve followed the steps we’ve already talked about, then you’ve already minimized the amount of stuff your puppy can get his paws on!  But if you do find your puppy chewing on something that’s not his, redirect the dog to one of his own toys.

Lastly, engage in playtime with your puppy.  Like I said earlier in this article, a tired dog is a good dog.  Spend time playing with your puppy and make sure he gets lots of exercise.  Throw a ball for him, run around with him in the yard.  This will not only provide your puppy with healthy exercise, but will also help create a wonderful bond for the two of you.  And take advantage of the fact that if you have children, they likely have the same high energy levels as your puppy!

How to Stop Puppy ChewingNeed More Help?

Doggy Dan’s dog training website, The Online Dog Trainer, has more than 250 step-by-step videos covering every dog and puppy training issue you can think of!  Doggy Dan also includes his puppy training program called “Project Moses,” where he videotapes his weekly training sessions with his new puppy, Moses, from the time he gets Moses at age 8 weeks, all the way up to one year!  This training is absolutely priceless if you have a new puppy!  I definitely encourage you to check out Doggy Dan’s training videos – your entire household will thank you for it!

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