Chewing is a normal behavior for puppies teething between four to six months of age. Teething is a painful process and puppies chew more because their gums are very irritated and chewing relieves their discomfort.
If not corrected chewing can become a long-standing problem even after all the adult teeth emerge and teething ends. Provide appropriate chew toys for your dog to enjoy. Avoid chicken bones since they splinter easily creating sharp fragments that can easily puncture your dog’s gastrointestinal tract.
Use nylon bones, greenies, kong and dental chew sticks. You can make chick sickles by putting chicken broth in ice cube trays and freezing it. If the dog is chewing on something inappropriate correct the dog by taking the object away and saying no chewing on that.
Give the dog the appropriate toy to chew on and encourage appropriate chewing. Praise the dog when it chews on appropriate toys. Confine the puppy in a safe space away from inappropriate items to chew by using a crate or baby gate.
Dogs sometimes chew because they are bored or they are having a separation anxiety.
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