Prevention Is Your Best Option. As with most dog behavior problems it’s much easier to prevent a bad habit from starting rather than trying to break the habit later. Puppies need to chew because they are teething or bored while you are away. Give them something acceptable they would prefer to chew on rather than anything else, raw bones are excellent. Not rawhides, as puppies can choke on them.
– Puppy proof your home (take away the temptation). Keep your puppy in a safe and confined area while you are away from home. Most puppies actually prefer to be in a confined space while you are away because it makes them feel more secure in a strange environment. This could be a dog crate, kennel run, laundry room, or any small secure room in your house. Of course you should provide a few chew toys or bones in this area and ensure that there are no dangerous objects present or hazardous things they may get into, like laundry soap, cleaners etc.
– Provide your dog with lots of exercise, both physical and mental when you are at home, such as games, obedience training, walks, tricks etc.,
How To Stop Existing Dog Chewing Problems. Always keep in mind that your dog can’t tell the difference between a $200 pair of shoe’s and a leather or cloth toy. And your dog is not chewing to be naughty, they chew because that’s what dogs need to do to keep their teeth in shape. It’s perfectly normal for them.
– If your dog has a particular liking for a certain object like a furniture leg, you can try coating the object with a foul tasting substance (non toxic) such as bitter apple, cayenne pepper or tabasco sauce.This method can be effective but because it doesn’t actually teach your dog to stop chewing, it may mean that your dog simply chews on a different object. Of course, if you put some tasty raw bones in the area, the chewing behavior will hopefully shift straight over to the bone. We haven’t seen a dog yet that prefers a table leg to a raw bone and raw bones keep their teeth clean and provide them with needed calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other nutrients. Make sure the bone is raw, not cooked: cooked bones can splinter in their stomachs. And make it a softer, easy-to-chew bone like a flat rib bone or small lamb leg bone so they don’t get discouraged by not being to actually eat it and go find something else to chew on. Those big, round femur bones from cows are too big for even giant breed dogs to actually chew, and they will discard them. Smaller bones that are just big enough to keep them busy for a while are key, but that they can still break chunks off of to satisfy their needs.
– If you catch your dog in the act of chewing something inappropriate, give a firm “No!” and replace the object with a tasty bone. Let the dog keep a couple bones laying around the house that they can get at any time they want. Give your dog praise when he starts chewing the bone. Never ever reprimand your dog if you don’t actually catch him in the act of chewing. If you don’t issue your correction within about two seconds of his inappropriate chewing behavior, he won’t have a clue what you are disciplining him for.
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