When it comes to how to stop your puppy from chewing, the question isn’t will they chew or won’t they chew. The question is, rather, what will they chew?
First time puppy owners, and even some dog owning veterans who simply choose not to remember, know that puppies and dogs love to chew.
And what may be surprising to many is that puppies will chew on anything they can get their teeth on: shoes, furniture, phones, kitchen utensils, cabinet corners, zippers, carpet, and about a million other things. What’s a frazzled puppy parent to do?
Fortunately, there are several options that you can employ that will help you keep your sanity and your belongings intact.
Keep Items Put Away.
This is the cheapest and most effective strategy and one that’s entirely within your control!
Anything that you or your family members touch or wear often absorbs your skin oils and hormones and becomes super tempting for your puppy.
Pets who suffer from separation anxiety are especially prone to chewing things belonging to their humans.
Shoes and socks, undies, eyeglasses, phones, washcloths, dishtowels, notebooks, purse handles, wallets, credit cards, glove, scarves, hats, blankets, the list is endless.
It’s best to have a place for everything and make certain that everything is in its place at all times.
Since puppies are (usually!) small, they will have difficulty reaching high places like shelves and countertops. Utilize these places to keep items out of reach. Added bonus: a tidier home!
Close All The Closets.
Now is the time to make sure you keep those closet doors shut. First make sure that shoes, jackets, book bags, hats and gloves are placed in a closet and then shut that door!
If you don’t have a closet, make sure items are placed on shelves and items are hanging high enough so puppy can’t reach them.
Designate Puppy-Only Rooms.
It’s hard to keep every inch of the house puppy-proofed.
You may want to keep the puppy out of certain rooms in the house, such as the kids’ bedrooms (always chock full of super tempting things to chew on and hard to keep clean), or the home office (important documents always seem to attract puppies).
Consider even making certain floors of the house off-limits to the puppy, like the basement or the upstairs.
This helps reduce the areas you need to keep on top of. Pet gates are a great option to help keep your pup contained in puppy approved rooms.
Don’t Underestimate Your Puppy.
Puppies don’t know what items are family heirlooms or are particularly expensive.
Yet, somehow these little darlings seem to target our most valuable items!
Keep your especially treasured items behind closed doors or put away until your puppy grows up and loses his desire to destroy everything in his path.
Make Items Undesirable.
What about things that can’t be hidden away?
Table legs, upholstery, kitchen cabinet corners, piano legs, windowsills, walls and more are tempting targets for your dog and, with these items, the above solutions just aren’t viable.
Your only option here is to make those items unattractive for your dog.
Fortunately, there are some remedies for those, too. Make the surface undesirable with substances that dogs don’t like. Here are one of the ideas:
Vinegar – Vinegar is another substance dogs don’t much care for, but might have a more pleasant odor for humans. Plus, most people have vinegar in their cabinet. Use a 6:1 dilution ratio in a spray bottle and apply to the places you’d like to keep your dog from chewing.
As every puppy owner says over and over, “it’s a good thing they’re cute!” Let us know if you’ve found any of the solutions mentioned above to be helpful, or if you’d like to share your own ideas. And, remember, this too shall pass!