Learn More About Puppy Chewing
20th February 2019
Most puppies will need to chew when their new teeth are coming in, much like when a baby is teething. Management is very important because everything is a potential chew toy when the desire to teethe is so strong. Keep your pup in a penned area with items you don’t mind her chewing, such as bones, teething biscuits or chew toys. If you use a toy, make sure it is not made of a brittle material that could break off and lodge in your puppy’s mouth or stomach.
When your puppy is out of her playpen, pick up everything that you do not want destroyed, such as shoes, children’s toys, remote controls etc. She does not know what you covet and what is purposefully given to her to chew. She will be drawn to just about everything, especially items that have her owner’s scent on them.
Keeping her in her playpen will not only keep her from chewing your furniture but will help her toileting routine develop as you manage her visits into the backyard for toileting, and not on your carpets!
Never give your pup old shoes or clothing items as she will not distinguish between those and the new ones you don’t want her to chew.
If you catch her eyeing or starting to chew something off-limits like a table leg, utter a growl and clap your hands loudly. Praise her when she looks at you. You can also spray a taste deterrent such as bitter apple or crib stop on any furniture to create a non-tasty chewing experience for your pup.
Never physically correct your pup for chewing and never correct her after the fact. This can create more issues as your pup can become fearful of hands and people approaching her.
Once your puppy’s adult teeth are in, continue to provide healthy, safe chewing items throughout her life to keep the teeth and gums healthy and keep her active and stimulated when she is alone.