Puppy Proofing Your Home Can Prevent Chewing Accidents

Puppies usually are natural chewing machines. Anything within their range is  fair game: your sandals, couches, kid’s toys and games, power cords, twigs, Television  controllers; if it is loose and accessible, it could be destroyed.

Considering that  it’s a natural behavioral instinct for your puppy to chew, it is your duty to  redirect the puppy to just what exactly can be chewed and what can not be chewed. Therefore  your foremost task should be to puppy proof your house by keeping the puppy confined  to a cage while you are not home and restricting his free range to the  puppy proof zones when you are home.

I found out the hard way when  my daughter left her bedroom door ajar and my Golden Retriever commenced  to chew up my collectible dollhouse and also the handmade furniture and turned them into toothpicks. It  seriously appeared as if a bomb was dropped on the dollhouse with  bits and pieces of my miniature furniture scattered all over the floor. Crayons  and telephone books were also Chris’s most desired items to chew on and my  Labrador, Jake, selected books and magazines

Whenever you do  notice that an item has been ruined by your dog, your initial  reaction is usually to discipline the dog. However, your dog does not have any clue what exactly  you are punishing him for,even if you are waving the cherished artifact  in your hand, after all, any thing loose is fair game and their memory  is very brief. You simply must pay no attention to your dog and clean up the clutter.

Pups  really need to chew mainly because they’re teething. Gnawing on things gives them  some relief for their sensitive gums as well as dislodges their baby teeth so their  adult teeth can come in. After their teeth are in, then they chew  because they are bored, trying to play or even looking for attention from you.

Furnish  your dog with lots of safe chew toys, like Kong Toys, dental  chews, Greenies, and digestible rawhides. In no way offer your dog real bones  to chew on. Bones can easily break their teeth, or perhaps splinter when swallowed. A  variety of chew toys may keep your new puppy engaged. When offering your puppy a  brand new chew toy, monitor him to be sure the item can’t be shredded and  ingested, particularly latex chew toys or stuffed toys with squeakers.  Air Kong squeakers tend to be Jake’s most desired chew toy and they tend to stand  up to his chewing much better than any other toy we have tried.

Continue to keep  all stuff picked up off the floor and out of reach from your dog,  which includes books, magazines, remote controls, telephone books and Harry Potter  books, (these are just a few things that were lost to my dogs over the years).

Pertaining to  larger possessions, like sofas, reclining chairs in addition to dining tables, try applying  non-toxic bitter sprays that can be sprayed on the larger pieces.

As soon as you see your dog chewing on something he shouldn’t, say “No” or  “Leave It”, and then exchange the item with a chew toy. You have to be  vigilant when observing your puppy so that you can redirect him to what exactly can  be chewed as well as what is off limits.

Give your dog with his own “toy  box”. This can be a small box or a basket to store his / her toys in. My dog  thinks it is a fantastic game any time I vacuum the floor and set all of his toys  away in the basket. He then he commences to drag all his toys out and  plays with them one at a time the minute the vacuuming is done.

Some  dogs chew a result of separation anxiety. This subject matter is covered more in  depth in a separate article. Your veterinarian might also assist with some  medication to help you calm your dog when you are re-training your pet to be left  alone. Crate training your puppy when they’re younger may help prevent  separation anxiety from developing when they are older.

Keep in mind,  chewing mishaps are generally your fault for not observing your pup closely or  permitting free roaming while you happen to be out. Supply your dog a ton of his  own toys to chew on so he will probably leave other items alone. Praise the pup whenever  he is chewing on their toys and try not to scold or shout at your pet whenever you  observe a valued item chewed on when you were not looking. He has absolutely no  ability to remember just after the fact in order to connect the chewed item to your ranting and can certainly  contribute to more harm than good

As far as my dollhouse furniture, I was  able to salvage a few pieces, and I bought another Harry Potter book to  replace the one that was shredded. We also learned to keep the bedroom  doors closed, and we transferred all the books to a “no dogs allowed” bedroom. I  advise you view your home from the eyes of your pup and eliminate  tempting objects from their grasp. Puppies can be shown just what may be  chewed and what is off limits, if the puppy parent is there to instruct  them.

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