Dogs and puppies love to chew. It is a very natural behavior for them and it is also good for their teeh and gums. What is important is to make it very clear what your dog/puppy can and can’t chew. Dogs or puppies don’t chew to upset you or get you angry.The important thing is to redirect the chewing from an object they may not chew to one they are allowed to chew. If you overreact and yell or chase them it will not have right effect and they might even think it is game, so read on learn how to redirect chewing and make your puppy/dog chew the right thing.
Be gentle with very young puppies
An 8 week old puppy needs to be treated with much more tolerance then a bigger puppy or adult dog. With very young dogs focus should be on removing non-chewable objects or placing your puppy in a safe enclosed space with lots of toys around it.
The step by step solution
- When your dog starts to chew something it shouldn’t, move her away using her collar, and do not speak.
- If the item is in your dogs mouth, remove it calmly and show confidence, it is important not show weakness nor to speak. You should not give her to much attention as this can distract her from what you are trying to show her.
- Move the away and redirect her to something that she is allowed to chew like a toy or a stick.
- If she leaves her toy and starts chewing something else, move her away again and give her something else to chew.
- Repeat this a few times and if your dog refuses to stop chewing then isolate her in a safe place.
- Dogs learn from consequences of their actions….Your dog will soon learn what to chew and what not to.
- Stay calm. Avoid speaking, looking or touching your dog. Your dog must not be destracted by your attention.
- Stay very calm and move slowly. You must avoid getting your dog exited.
- When possible avoid leaving items around on the floor that your dog loves to chew. It is a very simple and practical way of avoiding the problem.
- how your dog what she can chew by giving her all her toys either by hand into her mouth with the words “This is for Jackie”. You can also put the toys in her cage.
Remember: You do not actually stop your dog from chewing, you simply redirect the chewing to something your dog is allowed to chew
The most common mistakes
- Forgetting to redirect the puppy and give it something else to chew
- Shouting at the puppy/dog because it is easier in the short term
- Speaking and telling her off and therefore giving her lots of attention
- Change your dogs toys frequently, this will prevent them from getting bored.
- Give your dog very soft toys she can get her teeth into – not just hard plastic ones
- Anything can work, it does not have to be an expensive toy. A wet towel or piece wood can be just as much fun.
- For very young puppies, a safe pen area is great. It becomes their place where they can safely chew whatever they want
In order to make this method work you need to establish yourself as the packleader. This is true to all dogtraining. Your dog need to see you as its leader. When you have established yourself as your dog’s leader then using simple methods like this will be easy. You can get your dog to stop chewing your things, stop digging, pulling the leash or anything else you want your dog to stop doing or whatever you want to teach your dog.
You see you can easily change your dogs behavior when he/she CHOOSE to follow you.
- when your dog has CHOSEN to listen you, it will obey because dogs are pack animals and they will follow their leader.
- As soon as your dog CHOOSES to obey you, then it will change its behavior very fast simply because it is part of its natural instinct to follow the packleader.
You CAN have the dog of your dreams!