5 steps to stop your puppy from chewing
Does your puppy or dog chew? Chances are it does. In this article you will learn 5 tips I use to stop puppies chewing. You'll never have to worry about your favorite pair of running shoes again! The first thing you need to do is to get your dog checked out by a vet. Sometimes puppies and dogs chew due to underlying medical reason's, we need to make sure that everything is okay with our dogs before proceeding with this training.
Dogs chew naturally, its one of the main ways that they learn when they are puppies. For this reason you should never try to ban chewing altogether. You simply need to educate your puppy as to what it's allowed to chew and what it can't chew. You'll also need to teach it to stare clear or power cables and other potential dangers.
The best way to teach your puppy what it isn't allowed to chew it to use the "No" command. Give a firm "No" anytime you catch your dog chewing something it shouldn't be, then take that item away from the dog if possible. If your puppy persists, give it a squirt of water to the face.
As you approach the dog to remove the item it's chewing, do it in a slow controlled manner. If you move too quickly your dog may get the wrong idea and thing you are playing. If the object is fixed, or large, try spraying some bitter apple chew deterrent to stop the chewing.
You shouldn't be attempting to stop chewing entirely as it is healthy, try to redirect your dogs chewing to items that can be chewed on such as chew toys for example.
Some puppies and dogs may resist when you try to teach them not to chew. If this is the case, be cautious as your dog may turn aggressive on you.
Use the tips mentioned above to train your dog what can and can't be chewed. In time and with a little persistence your dog will know exactly what she should and shouldn't be chewing.