Dog chewing problems is something that every dog owner must face. Our lab was a terrible chewer when she was a pup and teething! She would chew (and destroy!) anything she would find laying on the floor, namely shoes, socks, papers and the list goes on.
This dog chewing problem is very normal but must be dealt with immediately before it gets out of hand.
The first and easiest way to start dealing with it is to puppy-proof your house. Clear up the floor from any item that you do not want chewing. There are some things like furniture that cannot be moved and in these cases you could make good use of Dog Gates to keep your puppy out of some rooms. If you dont like the look of dog gates all around your house you could try using chewing deterrents.
Chewing deterrents make items unattractive to chew. It can be used to spray on furniture, plants, walls, pet bandages, shoes, clothing, wood or anything that you don’t want your pet to chew or lick. This spray is perfectly safe but is also repulsive to dogs. So why would they chew on something that is so unpleasant when there are much better things to chew on?
So what can be chewed instead? Buy some great Chewing toys for your dog. Once your dog has a great toy that he can chew and play with there would be no urge to chew that horrible sprayed furniture that tastes bad!
When you are dealing with dog chewing problems it is important to start as soon as the chewing starts. You must show your disapproval at this behaviour. Remember, not hitting or screaming just calmly say NO and hand over his favourite toy to chew instead. When your pup starts chewing his toy, shower him with praise which will show that this behaviour is good and acceptable.