Unwanted or inappropriate chewing is a pretty common issue with dogs, especially with puppies. There are a couple of main reasons why our fur babies will chew.
First, puppies use their mouths to explore the world around them. Since they can’t really feel things out like we do with our hands, they’ll often chew on shoes, furniture, or even your hands and feet.
Secondly, puppies go through teething just like human babies do. A puppy’s baby teeth will begin falling out, generally, between three to six months of age and will be replaced by permanent teeth around four to six months of age.
Teething is a painful process as it irritates the gums, so a puppy will tend to chew more during this time as it helps to relieve the discomfort.
But if inappropriate chewing isn’t corrected in a timely manner, it can become a long-standing and destructive problem.
Here are 5 steps you should take to eliminate inappropriate chewing: