No! Not my shoes!
What's the reasons behind chewing?
Chewing is a normal behavior for puppies and dogs alike. It is a way that they investigate and explore the world around them. It's fun, keeps their jaws strong, and it is a natural way to brush their teeth. . For puppies chewing on objects or even our hands and feet can release the pain that teething may cause. If it is not monitored or inappropriate things are allowed to be chewed it can turn in to a bad habit. Lets face it, puppy teeth hurt!
My dog is chewing on himself!
I am no veterinarian so the only thing I can tell you if your pooch is obsessively licking or biting toes, tail etc call your veterinarian right away. Medical reasons should be the first thing that is crossed off your list of the whys.
Was this any help to any chewing problems?
How to help the chewing of inappropriate thing!
When you are working with your puppy you want to make sure no bad habits are learned. Do not allow them to chew on your fingers " because it's cute" because the " cute" factory will end rather quickly when you have a larger dog playfully chewing on your arm. If they are teething or even just exploring give then something in the place of let's say your feet.
Make sure they do have items that they can play with and chew. Give them those items instead of your arm. While having lots of toys for them is fun and we love shopping for them its best not to give them all the toys at once. Rotate a few in and out so that they don't get bored of the "same old toys".
Always make sure your pooch is getting plenty of exercise to eliminate chewing out of boredom. You do not want them to get so bored that chewing on anything they see becomes a habit. If you know you will be gone for a long period of time, try to have someone let the dog out even for a brief moment so they can get out and run around. It is completely understandable that certain times of the year our lives seem so busy, when that occurs there are plenty of facilities that offer a sort of day care. Where the animals can socialize with other pups, going swimming, also attend some training classes! Please be sure to visit the facility before you sign them up. Have a tour done so you can see where the dogs are kept and meet some of the instructors.
Don't under estimate training sessions!! 10 minutes of training a few times a day helps to keep their mind stimulated. Even if they know the basics, its always fun to show them something new (and fun for us too!)
While playing with your pooch they may start to get very excited and become mouthy, stop the play time. You can walk into the next room or just get up and stop with what you are doing. After a few moments continue to play again. Repeat the routine until he gets that hint that when ever he puts his teeth on you, you no longer play with him. Avoid getting him too excited when you start working on this. As his biting/chewing gets better you can act more and more excited to show him that no matter how excited you both get chewing is unacceptable.
This is when "Leave it" comes in handy!!
- Leave it!
Teaching your dog to leave items alone that you do not wish for them to touch.
While picking out toys
While you pick out toys for your pooch keep in mind what type of chewer they are and the size of their mouth. If the dog chews through items quickly there are toys made specifically for those heavy duty chewers. Also there are toys made for puppies and small dogs.
Toys that involve food or puzzles are good for the fact that they keep them busy longer and for some dog they find it fun.
Always insect the toys making sure that they are still right for your dog. For larger dogs you want to make sure that the toy hasn't gotten small enough to swallow!
Some more training tips!
- Training training training...Don't we all need a little focus?
How and why teaching your dog to focus is important.