by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
Puppies are so cute! It melts the heart to see a cute little puppy ready to be cuddled and held, but having a new puppy in the home can be a bit of an adventure. Do you have a new puppy in the home? Are you now wondering if you have done the right thing as you watch your puppy is chewing everything in sight? After the initial puppy love has worn off, you may be second guessing your decision to buy a puppy in the first place. Dispose of those feelings as you protect your furniture and carpet, and regain that love back for your puppy by following these simple tips.
Something you can do to help prevent your puppy from chewing what it isn't supposed to, is to be sure it has its own rubber toys. If your puppy has its own toys and is taught that those are its toys, then you should have less of a problem getting your puppy to stop chewing on your furniture. If your puppy is an excessive chewer and you're having a hard time deterring that chewing, try putting a little oil of cloves on the wood. The odor should keep him away; if not, the bitter taste will.
Something to recognize as you go about training your dog and protecting your possessions, is that puppies do need to chew something. When you take away something that you don't want chewed (e.g. the furniture), you will need to replace that for your dog's sake.
By all means, use the revolting taste and smell trick, but you must replace the door frames and shoes and furniture with suitable items like toys, and specially made dog bones. (Do remember, that regular bones are not good for dogs, and so you need to check with your vet to find out what is good and acceptable.) Something else that is great for puppies is a pig's ear chew toy. This can be found in any pet aisle and will surely satiate your puppy's need to chew.
Your puppy won't feel the need to chew things forever, but you do need to take the initiative and teach your dog that chewing the furniture is not acceptable. By taking these steps to train your dog and steer its chewing tendencies elsewhere, you'll be saving yourself a lot of grief, and you'll be setting you and your family up for enjoying your dog for years to come!
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