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Top Tips to Prevent Your Puppy from Chewing Your Furniture and Belongings

Destructive chewing is an extremely common issue in young dogs and originates from the fact that puppies use their mouths in order to explore the world around them. Chewing is a normal behavior for puppies but it becomes objectionable when it is aimed at the things in your home such as your shoes, furniture, or even your hands and feet. If destructive chewing is not rectified as soon as possible then it can result in extensive destruction of your personal property, health issues in your puppy, and the gradual destruction of the human-animal bond. A trusted veterinarian can help you curb this behavior in your furry friend. Here are a few of the most important things that you need to remember if you want to stop your puppy from chewing your furniture and belongings.

Hide Chewable Things

You should always remember that prevention is key, so ensure that you hide all of the things that your dog can get into his mouth. Even the things that may look to be out of reach may be reached by a strong-willed dog. Some examples shoes, children’s toys (specifically small toys that your puppy can choke on), clothing items (such as socks and undergarments) plastic bags, medicine bottles and containers, wallets and purses; and anything else. Make certain that you do not let your puppy go into the bathroom without supervision, due to the fact that there are a considerable number of objects there that you do not want to get chewed and strewn all over your home. This can extend to items that are in your waste bin, as well as rolls of toilet paper. Be sure that you take the time to store valuable pieces like jewelry in locations that a dog cannot reach such as a closed closet, dresser drawer or cabinet.

Prepare a Chew Toy

If your dog tries to chew on one of your furniture or personal belongings when you are present, just stop him from doing so and re-direct him to an appropriate chew toy. It can be helpful to have stuffed chew toys or dental chews in Ziplock bags situated in convenient locations around your home so that you can quickly produce one if necessary. Many puppies have particular times of day when they are more likely to chew, so you can be sure to curb this behavior from the very beginning if you choose to give your puppy an appropriate chew toy at this time of day. Ensure that you are aware of your dog’s activity level and and make sure to track its weight and adjust based on what you see taking place.