Let’s look at some techniques that will help guide you as you teach your dog not to chew. First, let’s get into the right mind set. It is important to think about rewarding your pet for their good behavior instead of punishing them when they chew. Just as you would child proof your home for the arrival of a new baby, you should puppy proof your home for your new puppy.
If you are bringing a new puppy or dog home select a variety of toys made with different material and textures until you know what toys your new pet prefers. Rotate the toys so they are seeing something new every couple of weeks. This can be an easy way to keep them entertained.
You may have the best toys and have done a great job of rotating them to prevent boredom and still find your pet chewing on items around the house. Check the items that you find them chewing on and remove any toys that resemble that item. Your pet may confuse what they can chew on and what they cannot.
While your pet is getting use to their new surroundings you may want to consider a crate. A crate can be a safe place for your pet to sleep and chew on their own special toys or treats. When you are home to supervise your pet attach a leash to your pet. This can serve two purposes if a leash is new for your pet this helps them get use to wearing a leash. It also acts as a handle for you to easily grab when your pet needs to be redirected.
If you find that your pet is destroying items only when you are away from home, they may need additional exercise to burn off excess energy. Get your pet on a routine and take them for a long walk in the morning or before you leave the house. You can also save a special toy like a Kong filled with their favorite treat that they only receive when you are leaving. If you are unable to correct the behavior their separation anxiety may need to be discussed with your veterinarian.
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