Puppy Training - How to Prevent Chewing Household Items
Puppies all have one common characteristic; they chew on almost everything in sight. You may wonder why a dog that looks full grown has a favorite pastime of chewing up the floors, walls, chairs or his
He is still a kid and is not mentally full grown. When a dog reaches maturity at around the age of 2, the chewing should taper off.
The best solution to puppy chewing is prevention. If you have a room where your dog can inflict minimal damage, leave him there, when you are out. Puppy training using a crate is an even better solution. Confine him when you are unable to supervise him. Buy him a chew resistant dog bed.
When your dog manages to chew on something important to you, rug, clothing or piece of furniture - correct him. Take him to the item he was gnawing at and say "Bad Dog!" He will feel bad but this will not likely have any lasting affect. Left to his own devices, he will not think twice about chewing some tempting and chewable object. This is obviously not the ideal solution for training your puppy. A better option would be to offer him a TOY instead. However, training your dog to recognize command words is a good idea, eg.,"NO" or "Stop that" and simultaneously offer an acceptable toy to play with. Please do not hit your puppy or shout at him. Use discipline, not punishment.
If you are puppy training with a dog crate, keep lots of chewable toys in the crate with him and rotate the toys to keep his interest. Play with these same toys when you have him out of the crate. A hard rubber ball, kongs, rawhide chewable toys, Beefeaters Flat Rawhide Chews or choo hooves (dried cow hooves). A dog can chew cow hooves for days and not get completely through one. The drawback is that they smell when wet, which a dog thinks is yummy but you may have a different opinion. However, if you keep these toys strictly in the crate and not on your carpet, your dog will have a good reason to like being in his crate and you will at least confine the smell to one area.
Alternatively, consider the various types of toys that can be stuffed with food. Putting tidbits of food inside chew toys helps your dog focus on these toys rather than on unacceptable objects.
It may be tempting to let your pup chew on an old sock, an old shoe or slipper, but at this stage of your puppy's life, allowing this, in his mind, is an invitation to chew on every shoe or sock in your home.
Dogs will chew when bored so give him plenty of play time daily, take him for a walk. Take responsibility for your belongings, keep clothing, shoes, books, trash, eyeglasses, remote control devices, etc. out of your dog's reach.
Try spaying "Bitter Apple" on items that particularly seem tempting to your dog which will make chewing on it a not too pleasant experience.
Finally, the key to puppy training is persistence and consistency. Training a puppy not to chew can be frustrating but almost all dogs stop chewing after they grow up -- keep the future in mind.
Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement.