How do you keep a puppy from chewing everything?

asked 2014-09-22 17:13:40 -0600

We have some toys but our beagle is going crazy stealing stuff.

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answered 2014-09-24 13:16:35 -0600

Provide lots of toys with different textures and varying degrees of hardness to choose from.

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answered 2014-12-04 20:44:01 -0600

When you get a new pup, the most important tip is to contain the pup in a small space that is manageable...for both the pup and yourself to observe. Stopping a pup before it gets into trouble, and keeping them focused on positive chew choices, behaviors and play is most important!

I have always used apple bitter, on furniture legs, corners of walls, etc they seem to favor.

Be careful not to buy toys that look like items you do not want your pup to chew. For example, a toy shaped like a shoe, might not be a good choice. A rope chew toy is a great choice, because they can chew as well as chase the toy. I also discourage chewing of soft stuffed animal type toys... some pups get into the habit of shredding them and make a big mess and it is just a short step to chewing cushions, sofas, fabric, etc. you might not want your pup to damage.

Toy ownership is important. I segregate the pups toys from other dog's toys...and also from my own possessions. A small corner , low box where its toys are kept is also a good idea.

Puppies are a lot of work, but the more time you put in at the beginning fostering good habits, the easier it is in the long run as a dog owner. Beagles love to hunt and hide treats. I have a beagle client...and I have to constantly reinforce it is not okay to steal my dog's food and treats... good luck!

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answered 2014-10-01 16:13:07 -0600

Puppy proof the environment as much as you can. They're going to chew whatever they can get to. Give them lots of options and reward them for chewing on the right things. If they're chewing something "bad", replace it with one of their toys.

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answered 2014-11-10 21:42:27 -0600

They have a bitter Apple spray that worked really well for my dogs when they were puppies.

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answered 2014-09-24 16:36:48 -0600

rub some peanut butter or other yummy on the things you want puppy to chew! Works a treat.

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answered 2016-03-29 16:31:50 -0600

If the puppy is teething it's probably chewing to help relieve the pain. You could wet some rags, twist them and freeze them and give these to the puppy. Then the puppy has something cool and numbing to chew.

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answered 2014-12-05 15:15:12 -0600

Options options options! I have a 1 year old who we're currently working with on excessive chewing. Anything you don't want eaten should be put up/away (shoes, belts, pillows) but it can be hard to avoid stuff like couch chewing. That's where toys come in handy. With enough options in front of them of things that are acceptable for them to play with they will be far less likely to go at the couch/notebook/pillow/etc. I highly recommend lots of solid rubber toys like kong, they're pretty much the bees knees and more safe then stuffed ones that get torn apart in minutes and eaten.

Also, lots of exercise! Hard to chew everything when you're tired from a long walk!

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