Chewing

All puppies love and enjoy chewing, especially while teething, but a chewing BC can do some serious damage, so be alert and diligent to thwart that behavior so it does not get out of hand. Keep many toys and doggy chews around so that you can redirect your puppy towards the dog specific toys, and not your new black leather shoes.

Let your pup know that his or her toys are the only acceptable items to be chewed. Loneliness, boredom, fear, teething, and separation anxiety, are feelings that can motivate your puppy into chewing. Until you have trained that chewing only happens with dog toys, while you are away you can leave your pup in his crate or gated area. Be sure to throw some dog chew-toys in the crate, limiting his chewing to only those indestructible natural rubber chew-toys.

Lots of physical exercise, training, and mental challenges will assist in steering your dog away from destructive chewing. Until your puppy is over his “I’ll chew anything phase,” hide your shoes and other items that you do not want chewed, thus temporarily puppy proofing your home. Puppy proofing your home entails removing all harmful items that a puppy might chew or swallow, unfortunately, that means everything. Puppies love to put anything into their mouths. After all, they are kids learning about the world. It will be necessary to elevate electrical cords, remove floor debris, and all other random objects that a puppy can chew, eat, or swallow. Thoroughly inspect your entire house that is accessible to your puppy. Apply bitter spray to appropriate furniture and fixed objects that require protection. Take extra caution removing from puppy reach all chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other toxic liquids that might be accessed around the house.

The “leave it!” command should be trained so you can quickly steer your pup away from anything that is not his to chew. Avoid letting your dog mouth or chew on your fingers or hand, because that can lead to biting behaviors.

Stuffing Chew-Toys

Steering your puppy towards his chew-toys and away from the off-limits items can be done with the aid of stuffed chew-toys. There are some basic guidelines to follow when using a stuffable chew toy. First, kibble is the recommended foodstuff when filling your puppy’s chew-toy. Kibble assists in keeping your puppy at a normal weight, and if this is a concern, you can simply exclude the amount you used in the toy from his normal feeding amount. Secondly, you can use tastier treats, such as cooked meat or freeze-dried liver, but these should be reserved for special rewards. There are plenty of stuffing recipes available, but be cautious about the frequency you treat your puppy with special stuffing. Be conscious of when you reward your puppy, and avoid doing so when bad behaviors are exhibited. For example, if your puppy has been incessantly barking all afternoon, then if you provide a stuffed chew-toy do not reward him with something utterly delectable.

The art to stuffing chew-toys is that the toy holds your puppy’s interest, and keeps him occupied. For your success, you will want to stuff the toy in a way that a small portion of food comes out easily, thus quickly rewarding your puppy. After this initial jackpot, the goal is to keep your puppy chewing while gradually being rewarded with small bits of food that he actively extracts. You can use a high value treat, such as a piece of meat stuffed deeply into the smallest hole, which will keep your dog occupied for hours in search of this prized morsel. With a little creativity and practice, the art of chew-toy stuffing will be acquired benefitting you and your canine friend. After trial and error, you will begin to understand what fillings and arrangements will keep your puppy occupied for longer and longer times.

~ Paws On – Paws Off ~