Managing Your Puppy’s Destructive Chewing

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Puppies explore their world with their mouths and don’t distinguish between approved and unapproved chewing items. Start by clearing your house of anything that is movable that you don’t want chewed such as shoes, children’s toys, backpacks, books and other personal items. Set aside a puppy-proof area to keep your puppy when you can’t supervise him to prevent most destructive chewing. However, do not keep your puppy in that area for long periods of time. When your puppy explores your home, supervise him and anticipate destructive chewing. If he starts chewing on something inappropriate, move him away from it and offer a chew treat or squeaky toy as a distraction. Try to catch your puppy chewing on appropriate items and reward him with lots of praise. Soon enough your puppy will outgrow this phase, hopefully with your belongings intact. Learn more from your Riverside County, CA veterinary clinic.


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