Puppy chewing on stick

Puppy Chewing, Naughty or Natural?

Congratulations on your new puppy! Although cute, you have most likely noticed how much she likes to chew. This is a frustrating but inevitable part of puppyhood. It is never fun to go look for your favourite shoe, only to find it has been shredded by your new companion. With these tips, you can avoid unwanted destruction while still allowing your puppy to experience a natural part of being a dog.

Puppies don't chew to be naughty, they need to chew.

Much like a baby needs to teethe, they have new teeth coming in and chewing helps develop a strong set of chompers. Management is very important because everything is a potential chew toy when the desire to teethe is so strong. Keep your pup in a penned area with items you don’t mind her chewing, such as bones, teething biscuits or chew toys. If you use a toy, make sure it is not made of a brittle material that could break off and lodge in your puppy’s mouth or stomach.

Dog chewing on stick while lying on the grass
Never physically correct your pup for chewing and never correct her after the fact. This can create more issues as your pup can become fearful of hands and people approaching her.

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