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Understand Your Dog Better: 10 Dog Behaviors Explained

10.Chewing

Puppies love to chew, especially while they’re teething. That’s because the pressure feels good on raw, sore gums. Also, very young puppies use their mouths to explore their world, tasting as they go.

This is natural and unavoidable, so prevention is the best cure for chewing.

First, dog-proof your home by moving harmful items – like wires, power cords, cleaning supplies and other small objects – out of your dog’s reach.

Then give your puppy or dog acceptable objects to chew. For example , keep plenty of acceptable chew toys on hand.

For teething puppies, freeze a baby’s teething ring or even a knotted rag for quick, inexpensive relief.

Always make sure there are chew toys when the dog is in its crate or in a room.As long as your dog has enough acceptable toys to chew, it won’t chew on unacceptable items, like your dress shoes.

Still, if you see your dogs chewing on something they shouldn’t, correct them by saying “No,” and give them one of its chew toys instead.

You can also use commercial spray on items you don’t want your dog to chew. These sprays make objects taste unpleasant to your dog.

First, spray a small corner of the item to avoid ruining it.

While this method can be effective, use it only if you give your dog acceptable chew toys to replace the item you’ve sprayed. Spraying your personal items with bitter spray won’t teach your dog to chew on only his toys unless you give your pet a replacement chew toy.

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