The Causes of Puppy Chewing and How to Prevent It

Golden Retriever puppy sitting on couch covered in pillow feathers

The entire universe is a chew toy for pups. and infants both use their lips to investigate their surroundings. Sadly, their discoveries extend beyond the objects they own. A teething dog can happily chew on everything that is laying around your home, including your shoes, furniture, kids' toys, and other items.

Unfortunately, your puppy could nibble on anything dangerous. Your puppy's destructive habit can be stopped, but it will require time and continuous training.

Why Do Puppies Chew?

Chewing is often a natural pastime for pups and dogs and has several benefits, including anxiety relief and jaw strength.

Similar to infants, dogs too endure discomfort during teething, and some relief can be found by gnawing or chewing on objects. Another reason why pups chew is boredom. Dogs need stimulation for their mental health because they are social animals. Your dog may chew on unsuitable items to get attention if you don't exercise it enough or give it enough one-on-one time.

How to Stop Destructive Chewing

A visit to the veterinarian is worthwhile simply to be sure, even though there aren't many medical concerns other than teething that lead a dog to gnaw on items. If your puppy receives a clean bill of health from the clinic, there are a number of ways to stop it from causing damage to your home.

Puppy-Proof Your Home

Puppies should not have the full run of your home until they are completely trained. Many people choose to use the kitchen since it's easier to clean up accidents on an uncarpeted floor.

Once you've selected the play places for your puppy, take a good look around and start puppy-proofing. Any items that your puppy could decide to chew on should be picked up or moved. To see what could be appealing to the dog, get down on its level. Anything you don't want your puppy to chew on or knock over, such as electrical cables, houseplants, trash cans, kids' toys, or garbage pails, should be covered or removed.

Crate Train Your Puppy

Although is typically discussed in terms of housetraining, it is also a useful technique for controlling boisterous puppies. Crates can protect your dog and your house when you can't watch over it. If you don't have a crate, you may lock the dog in a compact, puppy-proof space like the kitchen or bathroom.

Provide Your Puppy with Toys

Puppy chewing helps to relieve teething discomfort and boredom. Make sure your dog has plenty of suitable objects to chew on to avoid it from developing the bad chewing habit.

Puppy-friendly toys include nylon bones, plush animals with squeakers inside, and rubber toys with hollow centers. Avoid using antlers, hooves, and animal bones.

Don't give your puppy old shoes or socks as playthings; you're likely to cause confusion between which shoes are OK for chewing and which ones are off-limits.

There is some controversy over the safety of items like rawhides, pig's ears, and other edible chews. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian before giving any of these items to your puppy.

Rotate Your Puppy's Toys

Rotating your puppy's toys every few days is a good idea because pups chew to relieve boredom. A puppy will seek for something novel and captivating to gnaw on. You may prevent it from starting to nibble on the kitchen cabinets by regularly switching up its toys and keeping it engaged in the items you want it to chew.

Offer a Swap

If your puppy has anything improper in its mouth, try rewarding it with a goodie. If you repeat the word "give" before providing the reward, this is an effective technique to teach your dog the command. Your puppy should eventually understand that the word "give" implies "give me that object in your mouth!"

Just be careful not to praise your dog excessively when it exchanges the wrong item for a goodie. You don't want to make it into a game where your dog anticipates getting treats for picking the incorrect items to chew on.

Redirect Your Puppy

Don't chastise your puppy when you notice it starting to gnaw on anything unsuitable. Instead, shift the puppy's attention away from the item and onto something you want it to chew. Squeezing a noisy toy or shaking a bone while conversing with your dog in a cheerful manner can make it more engaging. Thank the dog profusely for chewing on its toys.

Give your puppy a canine version of a teething ring if you believe it is teething: A washcloth should be dampened before being put in the freezer for about an hour. As your dog tugs and chews on it, the cold will help to calm its painful gums.

Give Your Puppy Plenty of Exercise

An exhausted puppy is a content puppy. Give your puppy plenty of opportunities to play and snuggle. Make daily walks a part of your dog's routine if it has received all of its puppy immunizations. Your puppy will start exploring for methods to burn off energy if left to its own devices. Destructive conduct is the result of this. Regular greatly increases a puppy's likelihood of becoming well-mannered.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.