12 Steps To Fixing Destructive Chewing Habits

Puppies are curious about their surroundings and tend to chew on things as well.

When your dog starts to chew on objects, it’s good to already let him know early on what items are okay to chew and not to chew. We’ve listed a few reminders below to help train your dog to keep away from your stuff.

Remember, there’s a reason behind the chewing and don’t punish your dog when he does so. It will only build stress and tarnish your relationship with each other.

  • Take responsibility for your own belongings.
  • Give your dog toys that are clearly distinguishable from household goods.
  • Supervise your dog until he learns the house rules.
  • Give your dog plenty of people-time.
  • Give your dog plenty of physical and mental exercise.
  • If you catch your dog chewing on something he shouldn’t, interrupt the behavior with a loud noise.
  • Build a toy obsession in your dog.
  • If your puppy is teething, try freezing a wet washcloth for him to chew on.
  • Make items unpleasant to your dog.
  • Offer your dog a treat in exchange for the item in his mouth.
  • Don’t chase your dog if he grabs an object and runs.
  • Have realistic expectations.

Caution: Supervise your dog when you first try one of these deterrents. Some dogs will chew an object even if it’s coated with a taste deterrent. Also be aware that you must reapply some of these deterrents to maintain their effectiveness.

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