Many puppies like to chew things as they’re growing up. It’s a way of exploring their surroundings and discovering new things. Puppies also go through ‘teething’, so it is natural and safe for your puppy to bite their favourite toys.
You might assume that you should stop a puppy chewing right away. But when their chewing is directed at safe toys and isn’t excessive, it can be completely healthy.
What about problem chewing?
If your puppy is always chewing things – or if the things they chew are dangerous or off-limits – you will need to manage the behaviour. Excessive chewing can be caused by boredom or stress, so addressing these root causes will not only stop the chewing, but improve overall wellbeing too.
Your vet can help you find the cause of excessive chewing. But in the meantime, here are some general tips that can help to keep chewing safe.
- Encourage your puppy to stay in his basket when you leave your home. If they are in the basket, they can’t get up to so much mischief.
- Give your dog lots of safe chew-toys that help alleviate boredom. If you can redirect the chewing to these toys, they won’t focus so much on off-limits items.
- When you see your puppy chewing something off-limits, say ‘No’ to signal inappropriate behaviour. Redirect attention to a safe chew-toy they can chew without being told off.
- Praise your puppy when you see them chewing a safe and appropriate toy.
- Considering putting your puppy in a playpen when you’re in the home but can’t watch them all the time. Make sure they have some safe chew-toys as well. That way they will have room to play, but won’t be able to chew things they are not meant to.