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How to Stop Puppy Chewing

How to Stop Puppy Chewing

Your new puppy makes your heart melt–and your table legs wobbly! The need to gnaw escalates during the teething phase of puppy hood. But you can save your furniture and promote good dental habits with these great tips:

1. Smear hollow rubber toys with peanut butter, soft cheese, or even chicken fat or bacon grease. Any of these flavors is a whole lot more appealing to your puppyís taste buds than bare wood. You can also use bitter-flavored chewing deterrents, sold in most pet stores.

2. Stop puppy chewing with chicken broth ice cubes. Roll a few cubes around on the kitchen floor so that your teething puppy can chew and soothe her sore gums.

3. Knot a clean old dish towel, wet it, and let it chill in the freezer. Give it to your teething puppy to massage her tender gums. Donít worry: make the knot big and your puppy canít swallow it.

Read more: Pets, Everyday Pet Care, Remedies & Treatments

Adapted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Dog, by Arden Moore (Storey Books, 2000). Copyright (c) 2000 by Arden Moore. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Dog, by Arden Moore (Storey Books, 2000).

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6:58AM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

thank you for sharing 18/7

1:55PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

Thank you for the good advice.

9:25AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

thanks,lots of toys and chewing bones :-)

12:18PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

My dog was pretty good when she was puppy we watched her all the time and she had many chewing toys . Same with my previous dog who died in 2010. :( . Thanks

9:44PM PST on Jan 5, 2013


7:24PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

A puppy is a baby and they need something to chew on to help them "cut their teeth"get them rawhide bones and toys.....things they cannot eat and get hurt on and No wood at all.
Spray non-toxic and non-poisonous "Rataway Fragrance" on what you do not want the puppy chewing on. Rataway Fragrance is safe around children & pets.

7:04PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Give the dog a chew toy...There is a reason that animals , especially dogs chewing, that is because that is one of the way they utilize for the cleaning of their teeth.Domesticated dogs to not have the pack mentality of the wild brethren, they don't tear things apart for GP.

4:25PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:17AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Good info., now how about the dog that is past teething, has a ton of toys and still likes to chew my shoes!!!

6:15AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

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