Dogs and puppy’s chew objects around the house at different ages for many different reasons. This blog will give you reasons behind your dog’s mischievous behaviour and give you tips on how to combat it.
It is perfectly normal a puppy to want to chew things around the house. Chewing is how they explore the world around them and can also be a sign of teething. Similar to when teething babies seem to want to put everything in their mouths! Teething occurs between the ages 14-28 weeks. Puppies tend to grow out of this behaviour; chew toys will help soothe and loosen the gums around teeth. Allowing baby teeth to fall out and adult teeth to grow through. Exploratory chewing occurs between the ages of 28-52 weeks. (However every dog is different so if your dog doesn’t chew between these times or chews for a bit longer this is perfectly normal). In the meantime giving your pup a chew toy will give them the same satisfaction of chewing without damaging your house!
Royvon offers a puppy class giving owners further tips on persistent chewers and teaching your dog manors. We also offer a foundation class for pups that are a bit older helping them learn socialise, relate to other dogs and calm down which is very important to help your dog mature.
However for some unlucky owners this destructive chewing continues into adolescence.
- Attention Seeking-If you are constantly telling your puppy off for chewing and being naughty but good behaviour is not rewarded with attention, then your puppy will start to associate chewing with getting your attention. They will chew things knowing it will get you to chase them round the room. Some dogs crave attention whether this is good or bad. Obedience training can help this as most dogs are eager to please and enjoy learning it stimulates their mind. Royvon offer many different types of training options suited to every different dog’s needs.
- Boredom-if your puppy is left on their own for long periods of time thought the day, dogs are similar to people and can get lonely. Give your puppy toys that are different sizes, tastes, textures that make different noises and rotate them so they won’t get bored of the same ones. Royvon offer a day care service which is available to you 7 days a week so if leaving your puppy alone is a regular thing then booking them into day care would be a healthy solution to this problem also allowing the dog to be exercised and socialised during the day.
Whatever the reason for your puppy’s destructive chewing Royvon is on hand to help!
By Darren James
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