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Why Do Puppies Chew On Everything?

February 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Dog Behaviors, Puppy Care

why do puppies chew on everythingOne of the realities of owning a dog is that puppies chew on everything. If you don’t want it chewed on, you better secure it. This is the one of the warnings every new puppy owner should heed. Furniture, children’s toys, clothing, electric cords, and your brand new $200.00 pair of shoes are all fair game for that little four-legged chewing machine.

But why do puppies chew on everything? More times than not it is because they are curious and just plain want to entertain themselves. The problem is the puppy doesn’t distinguish between toys and what not to chew on. Therefore he has to be trained to know what things are out of bounds for him. To keep him from becoming interested in your things, give him some things of his own, like a wide variety of toys.

One thing to look out for is whether or not the puppy is over the age of 6 months. If this is the case and he continues to want to chew on anything in site then it is time for him to see a veterinarian to make sure he doesn’t have dental problems. If the puppy is teething, give him a wet towel or washcloth that has been frozen. This soothes the gums and feels good to him while his is chewing it. Giving a dog ice cubes is an alternative, however it has been found that puppies chew on a washcloth because it give them the chewing action they desire.

Is it natural that puppies chew on things they shouldn’t? The easiest way to answer this question is to ask another question: When you give a baby something to hold, what is usually the first thing they want to do with it? Don’t they normally want to put it in their mouth? The same holds true for a puppy. If you give them something like a bone or toy to chew on, most times they will not even pay attention to your valuables. A nylon bone seems to work best for most dogs. However, if you start giving them other kinds of bones like beef bones or ham bones, it is harder to get them to chew on artificial bones. In addition to giving them something to chew on, the nylon bone helps to keep the teeth clean.

A word of caution here: Do Not Give A Dog Pork or Chicken Bones! These types of bones tend to splinter and get stuck in the mouth, esophagus, or stomach and can cause digestive problems. The rule of thumb is to let puppies chew on a  bone that is size appropriate and thus too large to swallow.

When you first bring your new puppy home, put your valuables under lock and key until the puppy has been given enough training. If the puppy gets ahold of something he is not supposed to, put him in his crate or another room with one of his chew toys. If he gets the point and starts to chew on his things, that is the time to give him praise and a treat. Remember, dogs are furry friends that want to please their owners. If you train him what not to chew on and praise him for chewing on his own possessions, he will learn what makes you happy.

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