Puppies need to chew in order to relieve the pressure on their gums as their new teeth set in at around 18- 24 weeks. To avoid the chewing being aimed at your furniture follow the guidelines below.
Puppy proof the house!
Later on, the adult teeth can cause more ‘teething’trouble at around eight months. Other chewing can either be due to boredom, an inappropriate diet, or stress. If you have a puppy or older dog that only chews things while you are out, boredom, frustration or anxiety may be the cause.
Preventing boredom chewing
If your dog is bored while you are out or busy it probably means that he needs more mental and physical exercise.
So after a good 40 minute walk, training, a Kong and a buster cube your dog will be more than ready for a sleep, leaving the rest of your house in one piece. If you already provide all these goodies for your dog and you are still getting chewing and destructive behaviour, your dog may be experiencing anxiety when left. Please phone the office for further behavioural advice if this is the case, on 01753 859004 or check out your nearest APDT member by visiting www.apdt.co.uk.
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