There is no doubt about it: Sharing your home with a young puppy is lots of fun. But some puppies have the tendency to chew on everything they can find. In doing so, they can damage our possessions, and even bring themselves into danger: No one wants to have their shoes destroyed, or find their puppies gnawing on power cords. So, how can we keep both our dogs and our possessions safe? In this article, we will explain why dogs are so fond of chewing – and how we can manage this behaviour.
How To Stop My Dog From Chewing?
HOW CAN I STOP MY PUPPY FROM CHEWING?
WHY IS MY PUPPY CHEWING?
Chewing is a completely normal behaviour for young dogs. After all, they do not have hands like humans. Instead, they must rely on their mouths to gain information about their environment. Taking different objects into their snouts, tasting them and nibbling on them, helps dogs to better understand the world around them. Of course, puppy teeth are quite sharp. And without meaning to, puppies can accidentally pierce the skin of their owners, or damage their clothing.
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HOW TO STOP PUPPIES FROM CHEWING ON EVERYTHING?
As we have seen, mouthing, gnawing and biting is necessary for puppies – at least, to some extent. Young dogs depend on their mouths to gain information about the world they live in. They also have to expel their milk teeth. But to protect our young dogs from harming themselves, we must prevent them from nibbling on toxic plants or sharp objects. We also have to keep them from swallowing items that can cause internal blockages or even injuries. So, let us look at a few simple solutions to puppy chewing.
1. Puppy-Proofing Your Home
Puppy-proofing your living space is one of the most important things you can do for your new dog. The extent of such safety-measures largely depends on the areas that will be accessible for your puppy. For example, some owners only secure the kitchen and living room – as this is the only indoor space the dog will be allowed in. Other people dog-proof their entire house and backyard. Here are some of the measures you can take to puppy-proof your home and garden:
✓ Get a crate and/or playpen to leave your puppy in whenever you cannot watch them
✓ Keep your puppy out of any unsecured rooms
✓ Keep cabinets and drawers securely closed at all times, and your floors tidy (doing so prevents your puppy gaining access to socks or other smaller objects that they could swallow)
✓ Remove toxic plants from the garden
✓ Relocate toxic pot plants to spaces where the dog cannot access them
✓ Secure windows, doors, staircases, garden gates, balconies and fireplaces (for example, by using baby gates)
✓ Cover plug sockets
✓ Secure electrical cords – for example, by tying them up or covering them with a PVC pipe
✓ Keep chemicals, cleaning supplies, human food and medications in high cabinets
✓ Make the trash bin inaccessible for your puppy
✓ Put a fence around swimming pools or ponds on your property
2. Providing Safe Chew Toys
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