Yesterday someone asked me if I’d write a post on puppy chewing, Ive been thinking about doing it since then and writing it in my mind and then this morning when I fell asleep on the couch accidentally Beka decided to chew apart my last pair of sandals…
Out of my 3 kids Beka has chewed the least, I think thats partly because shes the oldest and partly because as bad as a chewer as the others have been Beka doesn’t seem that bad at all
If I was to list all of the things the puppies have destroyed it would be never ending, its a living and learn process which I am going to share with you so hopefully you wont have to make the same mistakes I did…
First of all go out and buy yourself a bottle of Bitter Apple Spray, the biggest you can find, this brand is the best and trust me it tastes disgusting, just beware because it BURNS like FIRE if you get it on a paper cut….
Second WAIT for your dog to start to chew something, I know I know, your first reaction when seeing your dog chew your shoes is to yank the shoe away and yell NO, not only do I think you shouldn’t use NO (we have a ‘no word’) but this wont correct the chewing it just stops it at that moment instead when you see the chewing shake your bottle of bitter apple, say ACK and spray it as close to their mouth as you can (in the mouth is the target but I have bad aim lol) then spray the shoe or whatever a few times with the spray and just leave it there, if they come back to chew on it repeat the first step ‘ACK’ and spray
This applies to anything you dont want them to chew from the couch to the walls to furniture
Soon you’ll only have to show them the bottle and they will stop, and eventually they will realize bad things happen whenever they chew ‘non chew things’
The 3rd step is to supply TONS of chew toys and kennel train your dog whenever you leave the house so they wont have the opportunity to chew on things they shouldn’t and to keep them safe. (I can/will post a blog on kennel training as well)
I hope this helps some pet parents out there! Before I sign off I just have one more tip:
If you cant risk it getting chewed, keep it out of sight/where the dog cant get it. Better safe than sorry am I right?
Thank you so much to everyone who has read and commented on my blog!