As with babies, teething is painful to puppies. Chewing is natural and helps to relieve the pain. That doesn't mean, however, that you must let your new pet chew his way through the house.
Why Chewing Occurs
Proper Training Technique
While puppies can be taught at an early age to limit their chewing to a few appropriate objects, they should never have the run of the house - the temptation may be too much.
Give your puppy plenty of rawhide toys and other hard rubber toys to chew. Make sure the toys do not squeak or contain bells. Treat items that you do not want your puppy to chew with commercial products that make the item taste unpleasant.
When you catch your puppy or dog in the act of chewing on something you do not want him to chew, correct him according to his personality. Gently tell a shy dog no; use a firmer tone with a stubborn dog. Immediately offer an acceptable chew toy and praise him lavishly.
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