First it was your brand new socks. Then he went for the living room rug.
Sometimes, he might even go for your hand. At first it was cute, but it needs to be controlled. Whether he’s manifesting anxiety or simply teething, you can prevent future problems with early training.

Why does my puppy chew on everything?
Your puppy’s mouth is his primary learning tool. From socks to pant legs, puppies normally chew on items around the house because they’re:

Uncontrollable chewing can also signal emotional problems.

Stress: Like loss of appetite or a change in barking pitch, excessive chewing is a sign of emotional stress. To help alleviate your dog’s stress, you should keep his schedule consistent, spend quality time with him and make sure he gets exercise.

Separation anxiety: Does Rover bark hysterically when you leave? Calm your anxious dog by leaving for shorter time periods, not being too emotional when you say goodbye and leaving toys around to keep him busy.

How do I stop my puppy from chewing what he shouldn’t?
Because your dog needs gum stimulation, he’ll always chew; the trick is to teach him to chew appropriate items.

Confine your puppy. If your pup doesn’t have free access to the house, he can’t tear it to shreds. Until he knows better, keep him confined to an area like the kitchen or basement.

Remove temptations. Until he learns to like chew toys, remove socks, furniture, plants and other favorite items from the area in which your puppy is kept. Don’t forget to tape over electrical outlets and keep cords out of reach!

Redirect his behaviour. You need to focus your puppy’s chewing. You have a wide range of items to offer him, from knotted rawhide to squeaky balls and durable teething toys. However, don’t give him items that resemble those he shouldn’t chew.

Why does my puppy try to nip me?
Although some badly bred dogs have aggressive tendencies, puppies who nip are probably just playing. Sometimes, a puppy will chew on you if he can’t find anything else. Nipping can be a natural progression from chewing on household objects. Therefore, any kind of inappropriate chewing must be stopped before it gets out of hand.

Additionally, some herding dogs try to herd’ their owners by nipping at their heels. This usually isn’t a problem, but with small children in the house, this behavior should be discouraged.

How can I stop my puppy’s nipping and biting?

There are a few methods to stop your puppy’s biting. The most important thing to remember is to stop the bad habit before it snowballs into a bigger problem.

Hold his mouth shut. Very quickly grab your puppy’s mouth, hold it shut and say”No” in a low tone. Place your thumb over the top of his nose and yourfingers below the bottom of the jaw. Hold his mouth closed for a few seconds.
Don’t try to cause any pain. Wait five seconds and then let go. It will take a few times, but your puppy will get the picture.

Startle your dog and redirect his behavior. Just as your puppy bites down, make a sudden, abrupt, high-pitched and loud “AWRP” sound. It’s the same sound a littermate would make if bitten by the puppy. The sound should be so sudden and sharp your puppy is immediately startled and stops the behavior. If done correctly, you’ll be surprised how instantly your pup removes his mouth and looks bewildered. At that point, quickly substitute a toy, such as a ball, yourpuppy can chew on. This redirects your puppy’s biting behaviour to the ball.

Ignore your dog. Leave the room when your puppy bites. This is an easy training method that even children can use. Your puppy will learn that every time he bites he loses his playmate, and that’s no fun at all.

No matter what method you use, don’t entice your puppy to bite you. Games like tug-of-war and waving your hands in front of your puppy may encourage him to bite.

Little puppies like to chew on everything, from your fingertips to your socks.
But now is your chance to redirect his bad behaviour onto his toys. If you help him during this stage, he’ll easily grow out of it.

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