You got your new puppy almost a week ago.
Since then, the little angel has eaten your favorite shoes, two of your favorite novels, gnawed the trim around every doorway, chewed through the power cord of your computer and this morning he found boxes and boxes of kleenex in your bathroom...
what a mess! This is getting really expensive and it's starting to get very dangerous for the puppy also.
Maybe you should do something.
What do you do? You need to understand that chewing is a normal and healthy part of any pup's development, but they should know what to chew, right? Puppies are like human children, they learn about their world through chewing.
They use their senses to explore the new world, and their tactile sense and sense of taste is brought into play as they chew on various objects.
Like human children, pups need our protection from the dangers of the dangers that lurk in their explorations.
Everything from needles, electrical cords, houseplants and household chemicals, to chocolate and raisins, all pose very real threats to your pet.
It is your duty to protect her from these threats.
You have to be very consistent training him with the "NO" command.
You puppy should learn and respond to the word "No" instantly.
This one word has saved many dogs from horrible fates.
The puppy is trained by using the "NO" command every time a situation occurs.
If you catch your pet chewing on your shoes, say "NO" in a serious tone, not screaming, not angry, and take the item from him or her.
Don't let it become a tug-o-war.
Just remove the item quickly and give him a suitable toy.
Also, try not to chase him when he has the object in his mouth or he'll think it's a game.
When I bring a puppy home, I like to use one of my unwashed pillow cases, and put a lot of different toys with different textures (hard plastic, cloth, soft plastic, rubber, etc.
) in it.
Then I choose one toy of each textures, and those are his toys for the day.
That way he doesn't get bored, and since the toys have my scent, it helps the bonding process as well.
Another thing I do is buy marrow bones and boil them just a few minutes just enough to get the marrow out.
Then I wrap them in foil and freeze them.
This serves two purposes: one, it keeps him entertained and happy for hours, specially if I give it to him just before I leave.
And two, the frozen bone alleviates the pain of his growing teeth, so he'll be grateful.
Just be careful never to boil the bones more than 4 or 5 minutes, and never give him any other kind of bone!You can give him raw-hide bones, but not too many, just once in a while.
Pieces of ice are also a good idea.
My dogs have always loved to chew on those! With these simple suggestions, you can insure your puppy's good health and the well being of many, many shoes.