Puppies: what to do if they’re chewing

Puppies are cute, but those little teeth can be really sharp. Not ideal when they’re chewing your slippers or new bag. We thought we’d take a look at the reasons behind it, so you know what to do if your puppy is chewing something they shouldn’t be.

Why is my puppy chewing?

Puppies chew things. Sometimes things you love and wish they wouldn’t. Chewing supports play, exploration, teething, and it’s an occupier. In other words, it keeps them busy. But give them boundaries on what they can – and can’t – chew.

How do I stop my puppy chewing everything?

It’s an easy fix :

  • Take away whatever they’re gnawing on
  • Replace it with a suitable toy or dog chew
  • Have a mix of different toys around
  • Keep them entertained with flavoured, noisy and puzzle toys. They help mental development as well as being fun, safe ways to play.

If teething is the issue, try popping their toys in the fridge or freezer. Chewing on something cool will soothe their gums.

Another great tip:  puppy-proof your house. Get down on the floor and have a good look around. What would you chew on if you were a puppy? Wires, plants, shoes…they’re all fair game, so move them away or keep them covered.



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