Friends With Fur: A Pet Blog

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Tips To Help Prevent A Puppy From Chewing Up Your Belongings

by Sandra Butler

English Bulldog puppies are playful, adorable, and loyal, so it is not surprising that many people are eager to add a puppy to their family. However, it is important to remember that puppies are just babies, and they will display some unwelcome behavior. One such behavior is chewing things-- it is normal for puppies to want to chew as their teeth are coming in, but without taking some necessary steps and instilling training, a puppy can chew, and destroy, many things in your house. If you are bringing a new puppy home in the near future, use the following tips to help prevent him from chewing on everything that he sees:

Provide Appropriate Chew Toys

One of the easiest ways to prevent a puppy from chewing on things in your home, such as shoes, clothing, or the legs of tables and chairs, is by ensuring that you provide appropriate chew toys for him. When shopping for chew toys, make sure that you buy the right ones. You should consider the size of your puppy, and also make sure that you are buying types that can't splinter or break and cause choking. It is a good idea to purchase a variety of chew toys so you can rotate them throughout the day and help your puppy avoid boredom. 

Keep Your Puppy Confined When Home Alone

If you have to leave your puppy home alone for periods of time, the best thing that you can do is keep him in a kennel why you are gone. When your puppy is in his kennel, he will not be able to chew anything that he is not supposed to. Just make sure that you don't keep your puppy in his kennel for too long-- puppies need regular bathroom breaks. In addition to preventing your puppy from chewing items around your home, kennel training can also make housebreaking go much smoother.

Divert Your Puppy's Attention

No matter how closely you watch your puppy, there may be a time when something grabs his attention and he starts to chew on it. When this happens, don't yell or punish your puppy. Instead, take away the object that your puppy is chewing on and then divert his attention to a more appropriate activity. For example, if your puppy starts chewing on a shoe, take it away and give him one of his toys to chew on. Over time, your puppy will learn what is okay to chew on and what is not. 


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Friends With Fur: A Pet Blog

Nothing is quite like the bond you develop with a pet. You and your dog know each other to the core. You and your cat have your own way of communicating, even though you do not speak their language. These pets are, in a very real sense, your friends — but they are friends you have the responsibility of caring for completely. Determining what the best care for your pet really is can be a challenge. That's why we created this blog. The articles collected here will help you become a better owner and a better friend to your furry companion, whether they're a cat, dog, rabbit, or other species entirely.