Puppies are a set of happy creatures that see the entire world as a giant chew toy. These baby dogs would chew on anything and everything they find because there is no better way to explore the universe than using the mouth.
Your puppies will chew on your shoes, their toys, the couch, and even your kid’s toys just because they can. It is sometimes funny and annoying how much damage these tiny fellows can do in your house if you do not attend to them.
Allowing your puppies chew on everything is not a good idea because they could ingest harmful items. While it will take some time for your you to train your puppy on how to control its mouth activities, there are a few things you can do to help protect your items from a destructive puppy until it is fully trained.
Table of Contents
- You can puppy-proof your home
- Crate train your puppy
- Provide some puppy-friendly toys
- Rotate the puppy’s toys
- Redirect your pup when it makes a mistake
- Give your puppy lots of exercises
- Do not have more than one puppy at a time
You can puppy-proof your home
Puppies should not be allowed to play in every room, and anywhere they like until they are finally trained to behave right. Most people would rather have their pet play in the kitchen area as it is easier to clean up a messy kitchen than other parts of the house.
The kitchen floor is mostly uncarpeted, so it would be easier to get rid of whatever mess your pet makes on it than it would be to clean up a rugged or carpeted area of the house. Once you have chosen an area of the house that is OK for your pet to play in, search the area properly and begin to make it puppy proof.
Move or pick up whatever object is in the area that your puppy might chew on or get injured by. Get down on all fours or just squat so you can view the area from your puppy’s level and find out what might be attractive to it.
Remove or protect any electric wire in the area, garbage pails, houseplants, fabrics, toys, or anything you do not want your mouthy fellow to chew on or knock over when it runs around.
Crate train your puppy
When the topic of crate training comes up, people often think it is restricted to house training. Crate training is a tool to curb your destructive puppies.
When you are too busy to supervise your puppy’s activities, crating is a great way to keep your home and your puppy safe. If you are not in possession of a crate, you can confine your pet to a bathroom, a kitchen, or a small puppy-proof room.
Provide some puppy-friendly toys
Puppies need to chew on things. Chewing is a method your puppy uses to ease the pains that come with teething and also to fight off boredom.
If you do not make provision for some chew toys for your puppy, it will have no choice but to find some chew toys for itself and your shoes might just be an excellent option.
To prevent your puppy from chewing on your furniture or other things that are valuable to you or are potentially harmful to it, provide appropriate chew toys or edibles that can keep the little guy busy.
Items like small Kong toys, nylon bone, and stuffed animals with some squeakers inside. Avoid giving your puppy animal bones, antlers, and hooves as they will be too hard for it.
There have been some not so nice comments about giving a puppy items such as pig’s ears, raw hides, and other chews that are edible. Make sure to discuss with your vet before you purchase any of these items for your little canine friend.
Rotate the puppy’s toys
Because your puppy engages in chewing to help it alleviate boredom, it is only fair that you rotate the play items you make available every two to three days.
Just like how we humans get bored of doing the same thing over and over every day, your puppy gets tired of chewing on the same toy every day of its life, so it ends up searching for something new to nibble on.
Rotating your pets toys helps to keep it interested in chewing these toys instead of chewing on any furniture it has access to or munching on poisonous plants.
Redirect your pup when it makes a mistake
When you notice your puppy chewing on anything that is inappropriate, do not make the mistake of scolding it as these creatures are very emotional, and it wouldn’t be fair to make your puppy feel bad when you can correct it more lovingly.
Move your puppy away from the object it shouldn’t be chewing and show it the one you would prefer he chews on. Make him interested in the toy you want your pet to chew on by squeaking a squeaky toy or dangling a toy bone and taking in a very friendly tone.
Say nice things as a way of rewarding your pet for chewing on the toy you want it to eat ( believe it or not, this works like magic every time)
Give your puppy lots of exercises
The easiest way to spot a happy puppy is to find a tired one. When you see a tired puppy, it is a sign that it has had as much fun as it wants. Make sure to give your little friend plenty of play and cuddle time.
If your puppy has had all the puppy vaccinations that it needs, make sure to include walks to its daily routine.
If you do not help your puppy engage in activities that support it to burn off energy, it will have no choice but to search for other means to burn energy without your help and that may mean partaking in some destructive behaviours that will upset you.
Besides, when your puppy gets enough exercise, it is more likely to behave well.
Do not have more than one puppy at a time
Puppies love to have friends of their species around them and the more puppies you have, the more running around and chewing on things you will have to deal with. It is best you fill the spot of a playmate for your puppy, or if you have kids in the house let them play with the pet instead.