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Preventing 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 typical practice for puppies but it becomes unwanted when it is aimed at the things in your house such as your shoes, furniture, or even your hands and feet. If destructive chewing is not set right immediately then it can bring about wide scale destruction of your personal property, medical problems in your puppy, and the eventual destruction of the human-animal bond. A reliable veterinarian can help you make the best choices for your furry friend. If you want to stop your puppy from chewing your furniture and belongings, here are some of our top tips to help you out.

Hide Chewable Pieces

Keep in mind that prevention is critical, so make certain to hide all of the things that your puppy can get into his mouth. Even the things that may look to be out of reach may be reached by a strong-willed dog. This includes shoes, children’s toys (especially minuscule toys that your puppy can choke on), clothing pieces (such as socks and underwear) plastic bags, medicine bottles and containers, wallets and purses; and anything similar. Make sure that you do not permit your puppy to go into the bathroom without your presence, because there are various objects there that you do not want to get chewed and dispersed all over your house. This can even count items that are in your wastebasket, and even 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.

Give Him 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 a great to have stuffed chew toys or dental chews in Ziplock bags placed in convenient areas around your home so that you can quickly have one whenever 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. Make sure you know about your dog’s activity level and and make sure to check its weight and adjust depending on what you see occurring.