There are a lot of challenges that come with raising puppies. Certain breeds have different behaviors than other dogs because of their genetics. If you happen to be lucky enough to have puppies that love to chew, you may be in for an uphill battle. There are a few things you can do to both stop chewing and reduce its effects while it goes on, but you shouldn’t attempt to stop dog chewing all at once. Especially when it comes to puppies, as it is a natural part of their development. However, you will probably only want them to chew on the things you allow. In this article Clean Feet Pet Clean Up will give you a few tips to help that process along. As a reminder please scoop the poop from your dog. Please practice dog waste removal because its the responsible thing to do, thank you.
Remember, puppies can feel our emotions too. So make sure that you keep your thoughts and words positive yet authoritative. Before you bring your puppy home it would be a great idea to puppy proof your home. Making your home safe for puppies is going to involve the removal of things that your puppies will see as targets or chew toys. The easiest practice is to put your valued possessions out of reach or hide them in another part of the house that your puppies cannot reach. If your puppy still finds things to destroy, and they all do, you will have to take the anti-chewing tactics to the next level. As an example, if your puppies target the legs of furniture you can purchase or make a bitter solution that will discourage chewing on any items you want.
The best way to stop dog chewing, as weird as it sounds, is to give them alternative things to chew on. The first requirement of raising a puppy should always be to give it lots of things to chew on like fresh bones from the deli/meat dept., Kong rubber chew toys, animal-safe ropes and/or stuffed animals. It would be a great idea to buy a wide variety of toys chew toys so you can see what your dog likes. No two puppies will like the same stuff, it’s hit and miss so you have to try them all. Always remember to have patience because it may take 3 or 4 trips to the pet store to get what your puppies like. Giving them these toys will also show your puppies that it is okay to chew on certain things. When your puppies accept their toy and chew on it, praise them and/or give them a small treat to reinforce the positive behavior. If your puppies decide to chew on something they aren’t allowed to correct the negative behavior immediately. This can be accomplished by using an authoritative tone and telling them to stop, followed up by giving them their chew toys.
By using the strategy of toys and positive/negative reinforcement, you will begin to see a decrease in your puppy’s chewing in a short period of time. At first it may seem discouraging cause your puppies never listen, but with consistent training anything is possible.
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