First, know that it is completely normal for puppies to chew on objects, since they explore the world with their mouths. They don't have hands to take things! However, you need to help them distinguish which ones they can bite/take and which ones they should not touch. It's not just a matter of protecting our new pair of shoes! The ultimate mistake to avoid would be to leave him your old pair of espadrilles and tell yourself that it doesn't matter since you won't wear them again! How will your dog distinguish the new pair from the worn pair?! Second ultimate mistake, don't buy him a toy that looks like your shoes. Dogs can injure themselves or even choke by chewing on objects that are not designed for them.
Then, know that puppies start teething around 4 or 5 months. This period is uncomfortable, even painful. To calm the pain, they chew everything they can get their hands on: shoes, door frames, children's toys, handkerchiefs, etc. This is also often why you feel like you have a dog version of “Jaws”.
To resolve the problem, we…
- PICK UP! Yes, gone are the days when before getting into the shower, we left our stockings lying on the floor.
- Store objects that are attractive to their little teeth, such as your shoes, in the entryway. Put them in a plastic bin. Remember that this is a period that is temporary. You won't have to do this for life.
- Place within your puppy's reach objects specially designed for young puppies and chewing activities so that he can relieve the discomfort caused by teething. You can even offer or even make him frozen treats to reduce the pain associated with teething.
- Praise him when he takes a toy that belongs to him by himself.
- Divert his attention by giving him an interactive toy, there are a wide variety of great products on the market. Don't be afraid to have several different models.
- Be careful not to give attention to unwanted behaviors, as attention can be a double-edged sword. For example, if you run after your puppy who stole a slipper to get it back, then you are transforming the theft of an object into a game: “Catch me if you can!” » and your puppy will take great pleasure in stealing objects in order to get your attention.
- Try to identify the cause of the biting. For example, if your puppy chews the leash while walking, it may be because he needs to play more than walk? By identifying the causes, you will be able to better meet their needs and limit bad behavior.
To start the relationship on the right foot with our dog, an obedience course is necessary or, at a minimum, kindergarten. You shouldn't be afraid to seek help even if you have experience. Each dog has its own temperament and personality. There will be some dogs that are more difficult than others, that's part of life. The dog trainers are there to help you, so don’t hesitate to pick up the necessary tools.