By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)
When you get a puppy or a dog, you need to remember it’s normal for them to chew on objects because that’s how they explore the world. For puppies, they chew mainly due to teething. For older dogs, it’s their way of relieving boredom, anxiety and keeping their teeth clean.
Puppies usually have an intensified chewing tendency before they are 6 months old. It’s the time when they start to lose their baby teeth and relieve pain by chewing. One important point is to guide or provide alternative chewing objects like ice cubes, Nylabone or a toy in place of table legs or your shoes.
Since we know that chewing is normal dog behaviour, it is up to us as owners to condition and guide our dogs on what is not okay to chew on. Whenever we stop them, we must provide an alternative like a bone or hard toy.
Another method is to put away valuable objects until your dog learns not to chew on these objects and have been conditioned to chew on what they are allowed to, basically to set him up for success. You can also provide him with edible things to chew on like dehydrated meats, pig ears, pig skin rolls or other natural chews. Please stay away from rawhide bones as these are soaked in chemicals to give it its colour and is bad for your dogs in the long run. Always keep an eye on your dog when he is having an edible chew, just in case he starts to choke.
One other way of dealing with puppies who start chewing on furniture and shoes is to spray them with a mix of apple cider and water. Then take that object to him and let him taste it. If he walks away, you know you have the right mix to deter him from destructive chewing. Make sure to reapply it every other week till he stops coming to these objects. One key objective is for us to educate and condition our dogs in what he can and what he cannot chew. Exercise and mental stimulation also help dogs to stay calm and not go into self-entertainment mode. Daily walks, outings, off leash play, fetch, tug of rope and obedience training are some of the ways to keep them occupied. So remember when dealing with teething puppies or dogs that love to chew, always be patient and humane. Always think of a plan of how, why and use the above tips to handle their chewing habits.
About the author:
Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden