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									Teaching your dog not to chew

Chewing is something that comes naturally to every dog. Every
dog feels the instinctual need to sharpen its teeth and hone his
biting skills. Chewing on the right things, like specially designed
chew toys for instance, can even help the dog clean his teeth and
remove plaque.

Even though chewing is natural and healthy, that does not mean
that the dog should be given carte blanche and allowed to chew
everything in sight. It is vital for every dog to learn the
difference between the things it is OK to chew on, like toys and
ropes, and the things that are off limits, such as carpets, shoes
and other items.

When working with a new puppy, it is advisable to keep the
puppy in a small, puppy proofed room for at least a few weeks.
This is important not only to prevent chewing but to properly
house train the puppy as well.

Older dogs should also be confined to a small area at first. Doing
this allows the dog to slowly acquaint him or herself to the smells
and sights of the new household.

When you set up this small, confined area, be sure to provide the
puppy or dog with a few good quality chew toys to keep him
entertained while you are not able to supervise him. Of course
the dog should also be provided with a warm place to sleep and
plenty of fresh clean water.

As the dog is slowly moved to larger and larger portions of the
home, there may be more opportunities to chew inappropriate
items. As the dog is given freer access to the home, it is important
to keep any items that the dog or puppy should not chew, things
like throw rugs, shoes, etc. up off of the floor. If you forget to
move something and come home to find that the dog has chewed
it, resist the urge to punish or yell at the dog. Instead, distract
the dog with one of its favorite toys and remove the
inappropriate item from its mouth.

The dog should then be provided with one of its favorite toys.
Praise the dog extensively when it picks up and begins to chew its
toy. This will help to teach the dog that it gets rewarded when it
chews certain items, but not when it chews other items.
Teaching the dog what is appropriate to chew is very important,
not only for the safety of your expensive furniture and rugs, but
for the safety of the dog as well. Many dogs have chewed
through dangerous items like extension cords and the like. This
of course can injure the dog severely or even spark a fire.

Most dogs learn what to chew and what not to chew fairly
quickly, but others are obviously going to be faster learners than
others. Some dogs chew because they are bored, so providing the
dog with lots of toys and solo activities is very important. It is
also a good idea to schedule several play times every day, with
one taking place right before you leave every day. If the dog is
thoroughly tired after his or her play session, chances are he or
she will sleep the day away.

Other dogs chew to exhibit separation anxiety. Many dogs
become very nervous when their owners leave, and some dogs
become concerned each time that the owner may never come
back. This stress can cause the dog to exhibit all manners of
destructive behavior, including chewing soiling the house. If
separation anxiety is the root of the problem, the reasons for it
must be addressed, and the dog assured that you will return.

This is best done by scheduling several trips in and out of the
home every day, and staggering the times of those trips in and
out. At first the trips can be only a few minutes, with the length
slowly being extended as the dog’s separation anxiety issues

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