Chewing is an unavoidable behavior in young dogs. Puppies nip or bite 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 their mom’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. It is best to start early when it comes to dealing with a dogs chewing habits.
How to Mitigate and Prevent Puppy Chewing
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.
With redirection, the goal is to encourage your dog to chew on specific items or toys instead of punishing them for chewing on things they shouldn’t be chewing. Puppies are going to chew on things and it is an integral part of their development. When you see they are chewing on something inappropriate, simply offer them an appropriate one instead. It is also important to be strict about not letting your dog chew on any of your possessions, even if they are old and you don’t care about them anymore. A puppy cannot tell the difference between a new shoe and and old shoe, so it is best to not let them chew on shoes at all.
Puppy Chewing Training from Michael’s Pack
If you want to make sure your puppy learns proper chewing etiquette before they get in the habit of chewing personal items, furniture, shoes, and other inappropriate objects, contact Michael’s Pack today. Our experienced dog trainers can help your pup learn the rules of the house and encourage only good chewing behavior!