A puppy chewing on your belongings is a common behavior problem, but is there anything you can do about it?

Chewing is one of the most irritating dog habits, however it can really madden a dog owner when loved objects such as your favorite shoes, furniture, or other possessions in your house result in damage and are irreparable.

When you catch a glimpse of your dog chewing on anything other than their assigned toy, it shouldn’t be your goal to frighten the dog or yell at the pup. Instead, you should show them their assigned toy and praise them when they begin to play with it.

If you do not correct their inappropriate chewing behavior, it can lead not just to wide-scale destruction of your personal property, but also to medical problems and worst-case scenario it could lead to a detachment of the bond that you have with your dog.

Here are some of the ways you can coach your dog from destructing your valuables:

  • Confinement:

Confining a dog to a crate will compel them to self-entertain. Furthermore, it also confines your dog to an area in which there are none of your personal belongings lying around. This makes it impossible for your dog to reach and grab anything that is not inside the crate.

  • Teach avoidance:

You can teach your dog how to avoid chewing onto something it shouldn’t be chewing. This can be done in several different ways. One example is awarding the dog with snacks when he/she listens to a “drop it!” command if they are chewing on an object that is “outlawed”.

  • Supervise

One of the most effective ways to avoid the destruction of your home and belongings is to supervise your pup. Tone of voice is one of the most important and effectual distinguishing factors that a pup can understand. In time the pup should associate a deeper tone as an error on the pups part.

  • Address your pup’s needs

Observe why your dog is chewing on anything that he/she can get their jaws on.  An underlying medical issue could be the reason.

  • Provide chew toys

Always assign your pup with chew toys. This will help them entertain themselves, it will give them something of their own since they are territorial animals, and furthermore it will give them a chance to utilize their jaws and teeth, reducing the chances of dental illnesses in the future

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