Everyone knows that as a loving dog owner you’d much rather be at home with your pet than sitting in an office chair. While spending all day long with your canine family member sounds much better than punching away at a keyboard, the reality is dog cookies cost real money. Until Fido learns how to make a living, that leaves it up to the human owners to bring home the bacon. Busy work and social schedules mean that your dog will inevitably need to be left on their own from time to time. Many dogs can find this scenario stressful. Concerned owners should take heart, however. There are a number of methods available for training your dog to be alone in their home with zero stress.
My dog keeps chewing up anything, from chairs to shoes, and of course the garbage. How do I train him out of it? Will it take time?
There are plenty of interesting toys for him to use on the floor.
Hello Kien, Yes, it will take time. He is in a very heavy chewing phase at seven months of age. You cannot stop a puppy from chewing, instead the goal is to teach them to chew their own toys instead and to prevent the unwanted chewing from developing into a lifelong habit. If you do that, then most dogs will grow out of it. First, help him learn to chew his own toys by making sure that they are available and by handing him one when he gets in an excited or bored state. It sounds like you already have plenty of toys. Second, if he is not already crate trained, crate train him, and whenever you cannot supervise him, put him into a crate or exercise pen, and give him a hollow chew toy stuffed with his dog food and a little peanut butter, liver paste, or soft cheese. The food will make his own toy more interesting so that he is more likely to chew that. It will also help him learn to prefer his own toys for chewing. For things around your home that he tends to chew over and over again, purchase "Bitter Apple" or "Bitter Mellon" spray and spray those items with it to make them taste bad, to discourage chewing. Work on teaching him the "Leave It' command and practice that command with household items as well, so that you can tell him to "Leave It" when you catch him trying to chew on something inappropriate. When he leaves that item alone, reward him with a treat and one of his own toys to chew instead. He will likely want to chew household items for the first year or two, getting gradually better with training and time. Keeping him supervised or confined is essential until he is old enough to stop chewing so much. This is also important for preventing potty accidents. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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