Younger puppies are a very curious bunch. You can tell that by how quickly their eyes follow activity, how quickly their little feet take them to the action…. and how eagerly they start chewing things they are not supposed to.
Why do puppies chew?
Teething is usually accompanied by intense itching and irritation in the gums. In dogs, teething occurs twice. This first is in between the first and second month after birth when the deciduous teeth erupt. Permanent teeth come in between the fourth and sixth months.
Chewing semi-rigid objects is like scratching an itch for a puppy. That is why shoes and furniture often bear the brunt of the puppy onslaught. However, some dogs develop a chewing habit at this stage and continue gnawing at objects long after teething is complete.
Breeds like French Bulldogs, Goldendoodles, Corgis, Yorkies, and Chihuahuas may tend to be more avid chewers. However, every puppy has a unique personality.
Solving the chewing problem
Approach your puppy’s chewing problem systematically. Don’t go crazy trying to protect your belongings from a puppy’s mouth. Sometimes solving your puppy’s chewing problem takes a simple answer.
See a Vet
This should be your first step if you are concerned about chewing. A poor diet, unhygienic environments, and contact with other dogs can lead to intestinal parasites in dogs. Puppies, with their undeveloped immune systems, are prime targets. Such infections can trigger chewing as a coping mechanism. Another common reason is a lack of good nutrition. Visit your vet for up to date health checks & vaccinations. Raise the issue and ask them for advice.
Puppy-proof the house
You have to protect your puppy from the house just as much you protect the house from your puppy. Our homes are a collection of plastics, paint, dyes, and countless other materials that can harm any living thing if ingested. A plastic bottle is a cocktail of chemicals, as are your shoes and anything else created in a mass-production factory. Electrical cords are an obvious danger.
Try to keep as many things as possible behind closed doors or high out of reach. That includes small toys, shoes and socks, household cleaners, and stationery. Limit access to rooms that have not been puppy-proofed. When there is a shortage of intriguing things to chew on, the little fellow will be less inclined to form the habit.
Provide an outlet for teething
It is impossible to stop puppies from chewing altogether. However, you can direct their eager jaws to positive chewing. Purpose-made chewing aids like dental chew sticks and chew toys give them an outlet for their energy and soothe the itch. Visit our Puppy Packages page to our puppy approved chewing toys!
Some puppy parents give their little ones old shoes to chew. This is a big no-no! They do not have the ability to distinguish between old and new shoes because the scents are virtually identical to them. The same goes for your other personal possessions.
Add chewy treats to their food. Bones are an all-time favorite but committed chewers will make short work of them. Be careful here – tiny pieces and fragments can cause blockages or tears in your puppy’s gut. Make sure you get the right puppy approved bones.