How to Stop Your Puppy from Chewing up Everything
17 December, 2013
Puppies are the cutest furry little creatures that make you smile and fill up your home with joy and fun. Yet, let’s be honest, along with that adorable face, puppyhood comes with their inability to hold their bladders, “accidents” occurring and chewing up your furniture, carpet or anything in their sight. This is completely normal and expected; however there are ways to help minimize the destruction!
Puppies chew because they don’t know any better (yet)
Puppies do not chew and destroy your house and belongings because they are angry, jealous or spiteful. They do it because they are puppies. They may be lonely, bored, frustrated or anxious, but they are not malicious, vindictive or petty.
Active puppies can become restless when left alone for long periods. If you always come home at a certain time and you are late, your puppy may become anxious. Your puppy does not punish you for being late by destructive chewing. The puppies’ chewing is their way of relieving stress and pent-up energy. Punishing them will not help and know this is a normal behavior.
Give your puppy a room or area that can be blocked off
Until your puppy can be trusted not to destroy your home and yard, do not give him or her unsupervised run of your house. Give your puppy a pleasant area or room of his own where he or she can relax when you are not home or are unable to supervise him.
Fill this room with a wide variety of toys so that your puppy can learn to chew and play with his own toys. Try making the toys desirable by soaking them in rawhide and long marrow bones in different flavored soups. Sterilized marrow bones and Kong toys can be stuffed with liver treats or cheese. The puppy will be entertained for hours trying to extricate the treats from the toy.
Try teaching your dog that toys are the objects to chew
When you are home, take the time to teach your puppy to play with his or her toys and to seek them out whenever she feels like chewing. Always praise your puppy every time you see her playing with or chewing on one of her toys.
It’s important to teach your puppy to find the toys. Scatter several toys in different rooms throughout the house. Tell your puppy to go and find it and then immediately lead her from room to room encouraging her to pick up a toy when she sees one. When she does so, reward with praise, affection, play and even a food treat and then continue the game.
Try to figure out the times when the chewing occurs
In most puppies, the destructive chewing occurs just before you get home. The puppy is anxiously anticipating your return and the energy is being released by chewing. You can prevent your puppy from indiscriminately chewing whatever is handy and instead chew her own toys. Whenever you return home, insist that your puppy greet you with a toy in her mouth.
At first you will have to help your puppy by telling him or her to find the toy. Do not give your usual home coming greeting until she has a toy firmly in her mouth. Within a few days, your puppy will realize that you never say hello unless she has a toy in her mouth.
Now when your puppy starts anticipating your return, your puppy will hopefully begin looking for a toy to gain your greeting and approval when you do return. If a toy is already in her mouth, she will be likely to chew on it, rather than on the furniture, to release tension.
Exercise your puppy to tire him or her out
Also, make sure that you walk your puppy before you leave the house and when you return. A tired puppy is more likely to sleep than destroy your carpet.
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