Puppies chew.  Dogs chew. It is normal for dogs to engage in this behavior.  But what you do not want is your dog to chew on inappropriate objects throughout the house.  Save your new Nike tennis shoes, the lady’s new Prada heels, and the kids’ school shoes.  Spare the furniture from torture too.  Help your dog contain this habit to objects created for chewing like chew toys, bones, and treats.  Preserve the household items from being mangled by your dog.  Here are some tips to direct you in the right direction.

Puppy-Proof the House

First thing you must do is remove items from the floor that a dog or puppy may get into.  Put shoes up on shelves or away in a closet.  Pick up your clothes from the floor.  Place books on the shelves.  Eliminate visible cords.  Whatever your canine’s mouth may grab, move it.  You do not want to encourage the chewing behavior by leaving things within your dog’s reach.  For it sends mixed signals to your pup.  Best solution is clear the room of anything that may seem too tempting for your dog to resist.

Supervise Awake Time

If you are able to provide the chance to supervise your dog while the dog is awake, then do so.  You need to teach your dog what is okay to chew, and what is not.  You may accomplish this task by watching your dog throughout the day and making appropriate corrections teaching your dog to learn quickly.  If you are unsure on how to make the corrections with positive reinforcement talk to a Florida dog obedience training professional today.  He/she will be able to provide ample techniques on how to prevent the chewing from growing rapid in your home.

If you still have further questions about any aspect of your dog’s chewing behavior, talk to a k9 obedience instructor or enroll in a puppy kindergarten class.  Both are great sources of knowledge and wisdom providing methods assisting in resolving this issue before it gets out of hand.