6 Tips For How To Stop A Puppy From Chewing

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Puppy chewing on shoelace (caption: How to Stop a Puppy From Chewing)Help! My dog chews everything in sight! Is your puppy chewing on everything? You’re not alone! Puppies (like babies) go through a teething process that lasts about six months. This is how your pup learns — by exploring this big world. But how do you stop her from destroying everything in your home? Try some of these tips to learn how to stop a puppy from chewing.

1. Make Sure She Has Chew Toys

Benebone Bacon Flavored Chew ToyIf your dog is chewing on something she shouldn’t, immediately replace that item with something she can chew on like a chew toy. This is correcting the behavior instead of punishing her. If you notice she isn’t crazy about the one you bought, buy her a different one. Dogs have preferences, so make sure she has a chew toy she likes.

One we suggest is the Benebone Bacon Flavored Chew Toy. This is a bacon-flavored wishbone chew toy that has a long lifespan. But be careful, once you see that the toy is beginning to wear (cracks, breaking apart, deep teeth marks, etc.) you’ll want to replace it.

2. Puppy Proof Your Home

Puppy proof your homePuppy chewing on toy (caption: How To Puppy Proof Your House) by blocking your pup from anything she shouldn’t be chewing on and putting away anything she shouldn’t have. Does she love to chew on shoes? Put all of your shoes out of sight so she can’t sink her teeth into them. Is she a fan of chewing on the molding? Get a puppy pen or put her in a crate for short periods of time when you can’t keep an eye on her.

3. Supervise Your Dog

Watch your dog whenever she’s roaming about. She doesn’t know the house rules yet, so it’s up to you to show her. Let her know when something is off-limits. If she’s quite the terrorizer, keep her on a leash inside so she’s close to you at all times.

4. Give Your Dog Attention

Sometimes dogs chew things up because they want your attention. Make sure you give your dog plenty of attention. If you have her chained up all day she’s not getting the affection she needs to learn what is acceptable behavior and what is not.

5. Try A Taste Deterrent

Bitter Apple SprayIf your dog is sneaky (or you’re just bad at keeping an eye on her) try getting a taste deterrent like Bitter Apple. But be careful, these don’t always work and some dogs will still chew on the item. So, be sure to always supervise your dog when you try something new.

6. Do Not Punish Them

Punishing your dog is not the answer. Punishment is not an effective way to train your dog and often it can provoke other undesired behaviors. Your dog most likely won’t associate the punishment with the “crime.” And, if she is giving you a “guilty” look it’s not because she feels guilty. Dogs give this look when they feel threatened.

So instead of feeling guilty, she is actually scared of you because she can tell you are angry and upset but don’t understand why. Keep in mind that your dog is like a baby. You wouldn’t punish your baby for spitting up on your shirt, so don’t punish your dog for chewing on a shoe that you should’ve kept away from her.

My Dog Loves To Chew Shoes

Are shoes your dog’s favorite chew toy? Here are some specific tips related to those of you with a “shoe chewer” on your hands. If you are prepared to manage your dog’s behavior, you may be able to stop puppy chewing right from the start.

We hope these tips have helped stop dogs from chewing all over the world. While it may be fun to get new shoes, it’s not fun to spend all your cash on replacing chewed up shoes! If these tips don’t work, you might seek the help of a professional dog trainer.

What did you do to stop dog chewing?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories, and more. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

Kimberly's natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs. Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child.

In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly’s research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today. One of Kimberly’s favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds, and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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April 25, 2020 10:26 am

I have a 5 month old Maltipoo and I can’t seem to be able to stop him for chewing anything made of wood. I was told to put cider vinegar on the wood but he just licks it off. Other than keeping him in his kennel, what else can I do?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
April 27, 2020 5:25 pm
Reply to  Carolyn

Hi Carolyn, here is an article regarding chewing on wood. It’s not an uncommon question or problem. It’s also important to note that your puppy probably needs more stimulation. There are companies such as Barkbox who provide toys for chewers as well as DIY options such as snufflemats and other options you can find on Pinterest.

October 28, 2019 9:45 pm

Hi Kimberly, you can’t really stop a dog from chewing. Chewing is breathing for them. That’s their way of exploration and getting a feel of the world around them. The best thing to do is just buy them chew toys to channel that biting behavior.

August 1, 2017 11:30 am

I have one 8-month old pup who just recently started chewing on my leather furniture. We’ve had him for five months, and he has plenty of chew toys and a brother to play with, but I came home last week one day after being away for a few hours (which I have done several times before with no issues) to discover a hole chewed in the arm of my recliner. He never chews on it when I’m home, but since then, he has begun chewing on the arm of the leather couch as well – again, when I’m away from home. I hate to have to start crating him again since he has been so good until now, but I can’t let him chew on the furniture and I can’t be home all the time. If he did it when I was here, I would redirect him and offer him a chew toy, but since he does it when I’m away, I don’t know how to fix the behavior. Any ideas?

Justin Knox
April 5, 2016 8:24 am

Thank you for the help. My dog has just started chewing quite a bit. I got him some new toys yesterday, as you mentioned. How often do you think that it is necessary to get new toys to keep him occupied?

Kimberly Alt
April 5, 2016 9:27 am
Reply to  Justin Knox

As long as he’s content there’s no need to get him a new toy. If he is starting to chew on other things again, getting a new toy would be a good idea.