Those puppies are so cute, but they love to chew. Well our hound isn’t exactly a puppy, but she sure acts like one sometimes. She doesn’t just chew on anything; she finds things when you least expect it. She chewed up one of my favorite hats when I left it on the coffee table. Then she chewed up a roll of paper towels. She looked awfully proud of herself after that one.
Destructive dogs can make a cute dog picture at times, but it can also be a real problem. If it isn’t a big problem, the best thing to do is to catch them in the act and redirect their behavior to something else. Puppies like to chew things, which is perfectly natural. But, that is the time to make sure that they chew on the right things. I would not give them an old shoe to chew on. They may think that it’s OK to chew on shoes. Instead, give them a dog toy to chew on.
If there are larger problems, you will see other issues such as aggressiveness, depression, house training issues, and health problems. This will require more aggressive management. Of course, one of the first things you should do is talk to your veterinarian. You can also hire a professional dog trainer. Many problems may be solved with training at home with the proper guidance.
If you find that your dog is chewing your favorite hats, or shoes, or couch, you may want to evaluate your dogs behavior further to determine if there are more underlying problems. A good training program at home is a good start.
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