How Do I Stop My Dog from Chewing Everything?

  Puppies go through a teething stage from about four months to the age of ten months. They lose their baby teeth from about four to six months and their adult teeth begin to grow in at about six to ten months. It is important to allow your puppy to chew to help his teeth come in, however you need to teach your puppy what is OK to chew and what is not.

   During this time your puppy's teeth will feel very uncomfortable and the pup will want to chew on everything trying to relieve the discomfort. He is not chewing purposely to upset you, he is simply uncomfortable. Do not allow your puppy to chew or bite on humans as it will be setting yourself up for problems in the future.

   The best way to handle a teething puppy is, every time the pup chews on something he is not allowed to chew on take it away and immediately give him something he is allowed to chew on. To teach your puppy not everything is his to chew on, place things in front of him one by one that he is not allowed to have. If he begins to chew the item say, “Leave it” and direct him to an item he is allowed to chew on. Then stand near the off-limits object and do not allow the puppy to go near it. Keep giving the bone, or other object he is allowed to have, back to him.

   If you simply yank the object from the puppy's mouth you may bring out the pup's prey drive, making the puppy that much more determined to get the object back again. Try redirecting his attention with another object such as food or using the “leave it” command as you slowly remove the shoe from his mouth and immediately give him a bone or other toy he is allowed to chew on.

   If you are not 100% sure you can get the object away from the dog without him running with it, try using a distraction such as a treat to redirect his attention away from off-limits objects. If he learns to run with something and you are not there to immediately stop him you will lose the battle. making it that much more difficult to train your puppy to leave things alone.

Our thanks to the Dog Breed Info Center for this valuable information!

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