Help! My puppy chews everything: Expert animal behaviour advice

Help! My puppy chews everything: Expert animal behaviour advice

Expert Sophie Marriott

First published in News

My five-month-old puppy has started to chew everything in the house.

She will chew things in front of us and even though we tell her off, she carries on.

We have tried to take things away from her but she always finds something to chew. Will she grow out of it?

Chewing can be very common among young dogs, writes Bromley-based animal behaviour expert Sophie Marriott of canine behaviour consultancy Endless Pawsibilities.

It can begin as an exploratory behaviour and without appropriate correction it may develop into a frequent habit.

It is also likely that your puppy is teething and seeks relief by chewing objects.

Check with the vet to rule out nutritional deficiencies but, provided it is not, remove any objects which the puppy may chew.

As this is not always feasible, you may also consider the use of a crate.

Try to use positive reinforcement and provide treats, which will encourage the chewing but direct this away from the furniture.

You can also purchase a pet and furniture friendly prevention sprays. This spray is normally a very unpleasant taste for the puppy, which will hopefully deter further chewing.

We want to hear your dog-related questions or problems, e-mail jim.palmer@london.newsquest.co.uk and we’ll see if Sophie can help.

For puppy training classes or if you would like to enquire about booking a private consultation with Sophie go to endlesspawsibilities.co.uk

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12:24pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Gypo.Joe says...

One of my Patterdales was a chewer, as soon as ya left him on his own he would chew up anything he could find. I found half a dozen lace holes right up his arse a few times did the trick, he soon stopped that chewing habit boi.

Joe The Dog Whisperer.
One of my Patterdales was a chewer, as soon as ya left him on his own he would chew up anything he could find. I found half a dozen lace holes right up his arse a few times did the trick, he soon stopped that chewing habit boi. Joe The Dog Whisperer. Gypo.Joe
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5:24pm Mon 1 Sep 14

molsey says...

I think my missus has started using that spray.
I think my missus has started using that spray. molsey
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