Chewing is a normal behaviour in puppies and adult dogs, but it can wreak havoc on your shoes, books and furniture. Wondering how to stop a puppy from chewing on your belongings? The best thing to do is to direct him to chew on his appropriate toys. If you find that he is chewing when he’s left alone, look into crating your puppy, or speak to a qualified dog trainer or behaviourist, as this can be a sign of separation anxiety or boredom. Check out our article on puppy separation anxiety to learn more.
Chewing is usually a healthy, normal thing to do when it isn’t destructive. Puppies chew for many reasons:
Keep in mind that some behaviour that looks like chewing or biting is actually exploratory mouthing. Dogs use their mouths to learn more about the objects around them, similar to how humans use their hands to feel. Read our article on how to train your puppy to stop biting to learn more.
The best way to correct inappropriate chewing is to buy your puppy appropriate chew toys. When you catch him chewing on something inappropriate:
If your puppy stops chewing to look at you, praise him with his preferred chew toy. Do not use old shoes, socks or gloves, because this will train him to chew on your things.
Enforce appropriate chewing with the following steps: