Puppies chew not just because they like the taste of what they are chewing but also for the act of eating. This is because puppies have a lot of growing during their first year and need to develop their jaw muscles, which are just developing now. However, there can be circumstances where your puppy might be excessively chewing and you should know about that.
If your puppy is excessively chewing, it might be a sign that something is wrong. It could signify teething when puppies lose their baby teeth and grow their adult teeth. If your puppy is teething, you might notice that they are excessively drooling and chewing on anything it can get its teeth on. If so, consider offering them a chew toy or a fresh piece of cloth to chew on to help their gums feel better.
Another possibility is that your puppy is feeling anxious or stressed. This might happen if changes have been made to their immediate environment, such as making a home move or bringing a new child into the world. Try giving your puppy extra attention and reassurance if this is the case. You can also try giving them some dog-safe chew toys to help them relieve their stress.
If your puppy’s excessive chewing continues despite these efforts, it might indicate an underlying medical condition. In this case, you should take your puppy to the vet to get checked out.
WHAT DOES PUPPY CHEWING MEAN?
Puppy chewing is a normal, natural behavior that helps puppies explore their world and relieve teething pain. Puppies typically begin to chew around 3-4 months of age and continue to do so until they are around 6-9 months old. Puppy chewing can be frustrating for pet parents; nevertheless, there are several things you may do to try and stop it.
First, give your dog lots of chew toys to keep them occupied and ease their teething discomfort. Second, never reprimand your puppy for chewing; doing so will make them fear you and increase the likelihood that they’ll carry on the habit covertly. Finally, be patient – your puppy will outgrow their need to chew everything in sight!
HOW CAN I PREVENT PUPPY CHEWING?
You can stop or discourage puppy chewing in several ways:
- Provide your puppy with plenty of chew toys to keep them entertained and help relieve teething pain.
- Never punish your puppy for chewing – This will increase their fear of you and their propensity to engage in the conduct covertly.
- Be patient – eventually, your puppy will outgrow their need to chew everything in sight!
- Supervise your puppy closely when awake and alert so that you can redirect their chewing behavior toward appropriate chew toys.
- If your puppy seems particularly interested in chewing on certain objects (like furniture or shoes), try spraying them with a bitter-tasting anti-chew spray to deter them from chewing on these items.
- Give your puppy lots of positive attention and praise when chewing on their toys so they know that you want to see them act in a manner like this.
WAYS TO KEEP YOUR PUPPY FROM CHEWING THINGS THEY SHOULDN’T
If your puppy is chewing on things they shouldn’t, you can do a few things to stop them. First, make sure they have plenty of chew toys available. Giving them something else to chew on will usually solve the problem if they are chewing on something because they are bored. You can also try spraying taste deterrents on things you don’t want them to chew. These products usually have a bitter taste that will deter your puppy from chewing. Finally, if your puppy is teething, give them something cold to chew on like a frozen Kong toy or a wet washcloth. This will help soothe their gums and keep them from chewing on your belongings.
If your puppy is still having trouble chewing, consult your veterinarian. They may recommend a training class or behavior modification to help your puppy learn what they can and cannot chew on.
TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR HOME CHEW-FREE
- Keep your puppy away from areas where you don’t want him to chew. This may mean using baby gates or crates to confine him to a safe area.
- Puppies like to chew on things that smell like their owner, so keep your belongings out of reach.
- Provide your puppy with plenty of safe toys and chews for him to gnaw on.
- Never punish your puppy for chewing; instead, redirect his chewing behavior to appropriate objects.
- Be consistent with your rules and expectations for chew-proofing your home, and remain patient while your puppy learns what he can and cannot chew on.
- If your puppy is having difficulty learning what he can and cannot chew, seek the help of a professional trainer or behaviorist.
Following these tips can help your puppy learn what is appropriate to chew on and keep your home free of dog-related damage.
PREVENTION OF PUPPY CHEWING
You may put a few measures to prevent your puppy from chewing. One is to provide them with many chew toys so they won’t bite on your furniture or other possessions. Leaving children alone for extended periods should also be avoided as this might result in boredom and chewing out of pure frustration. If you see your dog acting inappropriately, gently correct them and direct their focus to one of their toys. With patience and consistency, you should be able to successfully train your puppy not to chew on anything other than their designated toys.
Puppy chewing is a normal part of a puppy’s development. They require chewing to both reduce teething discomfort and investigate their surroundings. However, it can be frustrating for owners when their puppies chew on everything in sight. Puppies will usually outgrow the chewing phase by the time they are six months old. To help manage your puppy’s chewing, provide plenty of appropriate chew toys and supervise them closely when exploring their environment. Your puppy will soon outgrow this stage and mature into a well-behaved adult dog with a little time and training.