🐾 Puppy chewing tips 🐾
Puppies chew, often things that are not appropriate for them. In order to ensure that your puppy understands what is appropriate you need to teach him what he is allowed to chew on. Do not assume he knows that his bone is favored for chewing over your shoe. Much like nipping, chewing is something all puppies do. Keep items on hand but not all over the floor. If your puppy has access to many chew toys all the time they will hold no value & he will choose something of more value.
It is important to know the difference between chew toys & play toys. A chew toy is one that a puppy can chew on when alone or to occupy his time with no supervision. A play toy is one that requires supervision & should be used to interact with the puppy & a person for valuable playtime & should never be left with a puppy when alone.
Encourage your puppy to play with you each day, with a toy, for at least 10-15 minutes. Always end the play session, say “Game over!” & put the toy away when you are done. Play toys are special & only come out when you choose to initiate a play session.
Offer chew toys to your puppy when he is alone or you are unable to supervise him. Place the toy in the crate with your puppy or in his safe area. Pick up the toy when he is let out so that he has to come to you to get the valuable chew toy.
In order to keep your puppy interested in chewing appropriate things offer a new chew toy every other day. Toys & Chewies (just a few we like):
Nylabones® (chew toy)—We recommend getting several different shapes, sizes & flavors.
Deer Antlers (chew toy)—These are very sturdy & great for hard chewing & hours of enjoyment!
VIP Tuffy® Sherman Sheep (chew/play toy)—They make many different animals & they are more durable than all stuffed toys but nothing is 100% indestructible. Supervision required.
Petstages™ Chew Chain (play toy)—This is fun, soft & can be used to play tug.
Petstages™ Rag Rope Ball (play toy)—Just for fun & a good ball to teach & encourage “Fetch!”
- If puppy is chewing something inappropriate, call him to you, praise him & give something
- When redirecting use a chew toy, not a play Chew toys hold more value & interest longer.
- If puppy doesn’t respond to re-direction, evaluate if he needs (See “Nipping & Biting”)