Chewing is an unavoidable behavior. Puppies nip for a variety of reasons: playing, curiosity, and teething. Puppies play with their littermates with their teeth. Just like human babies do, puppies explore by putting everything into their mouth. And once again, just like human babies seek comfort by chewing on a pacifier or mama’s finger, puppies do the same thing when they are teething. As your puppy goes through the teething stage (anywhere from 3-7 months) it really is uncomfortable for your little guy; hence the desire to chew on your flip-flops and anything else he can wrap those choppers around.
While chewing and nipping is normal puppy behavior, our goal is to show your puppy what is acceptable and what is off limits when it comes to chewing and/or nipping. In all our puppy-training programs, we address this by focusing on 2 key strategies: Redirection and Management.