How To Stop A Pup Chewing Your Home To Pieces
Chewing is natural puppy behaviour and can often be a comfort activity, sometimes as a way of dealing with separation anxiety. That said, your furniture and belongings shouldn’t have to be sacrificed as a result. If your pup’s chewing spree is destroying your home, it’s time to take action. Here’s how you can bite back.
Buy a chew toy
Your puppy needs an outlet for chewing, so give them designated chew toys that will satisfy their craving. There are lots of chew toys that you can buy, although an old slipper or soft toy may do. Dogs will try and shred through these toys, so make sure that obliterated toys are replaced promptly to stop your pup then moving onto something else.
Feed them dental chews
Dental chews for dogs have many benefits. Not only will they provide an outlet for chewing, but they’ll also serve as a tasty snack, as well as cleaning your canine’s teeth. Puppies under three months shouldn’t be given dental chews as their teeth may still be undeveloped. Some brands may recommend abstaining until your dog is at least six months old. Take this in mind to avoid damaging your pup’s teeth.
Hide non-chewable items
Few people that get a pup realise the amount of dog-proofing that needs to be done to their home first. Shoes, mats, rugs, ornaments, books and piles of clothes can all become chew targets. Whilst you may want to keep some of these items on the floor, anything that doesn’t need to be there should be moved to a higher level or stored securely away. You should also consider hanging objects such as cables and curtain pulls – tuck these away as your god could pull at them. Take extra caution with dangerous objects such as bottles of cleaning fluid, toxic plants, candles and small ornaments that could be choke hazards.
Use deterrent sprays
You may be able to prevent your pup from chewing certain items by using a spray of bitter apple. Dog’s find the scent and taste of this spray repugnant and are likely to stay away as a result. You can make your own bitter apple spray or buy a pre-made solution.
Be firm, but fair
The best way to get your dog to understand what can and can’t be chewed is by telling them ‘no’ whenever you see them chewing something they shouldn’t. Follow this up by then handing them their chew toy and congratulate them for chewing this – the dog will eventually realise that it’s ok to chew the toy but not other items in the house.
If your dog is still a pup, you shouldn’t physically punish them for chewing the wrong items as they’re likely to still be learning right and wrong and could be chewing as a replacement to not having their brothers and sisters to play with. Muzzles and taping on your dog’s mouth should be avoided at all costs as it will only make the dog more stressed.