If your puppy shows signs of inappropriate chewing — for example, chewing on woodwork or upholstered furniture, one of the best ways to stop the chewing is by using a deterrent.
You can buy bitter apple cream and spray can be purchased in pet stores and online. Then apply it to your woodwork and furniture; the taste is so bad that it will make most dogs stop chewing on these objects.
You will need to reapply as necessary. It can also be used on electrical cords and other things dogs like to chew in the house.
Some people use Tabasco sauce or other hot sauce for the same purpose. But it will deter your dog from chewing on things and risks staining or damaging your items.
Just be careful not to use anything that could harm your dog as a deterrent.
Another way to stop your dog from inappropriate chewing is by providing him with plenty of his things to chew.
For example, moose antlers or rawhides can be good chews for dogs. Look for sterilized rawhides from USDA beef because they are safer for your dog.
When you give your dog rawhides to chew, you should supervise and remove small pieces that come off so your dog can’t choke on them.
There are also many good chew toys for dogs that satisfy your dog’s urge to chew and stop inappropriate chewing. Rope toys, hard rubber toys such as Kongs, Nylabones, and many others are suitable for dogs that like to chew.
If you have a puppy, be sure to provide him with lots of toys for chewing.
Puppies teethe from the time they are about four months to 17 months, and they have a strong urge to chew on things during this time.
Spending a few dollars on chews and toys for your dog is an excellent way to save expensive home furnishings from inappropriate chewing.
Another good way to deter inappropriate chewing is to ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise.
Dogs who get lots of exercise are less likely to be destructive at home.
They are more likely to spend their time sleeping when you are not home with them. Tired dogs are happy dogs.
If your dog is destructive and chews things when you are not home, consider crating him when you are away from home for a few hours.
Most dogs regard their crate as a den and are happy to sleep until you return. Don’t leave a dog unattended in a crate for more than a few hours.
Final thoughts on inappropriate chewing
If you follow the suggestions here, you should be able to stop your dog from inappropriate chewing.
Try different suggestions, or try all of them.
Bitter apple and providing good chew toys often is enough to stop most chewing problems.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.