An early relationship strain will be caused by your dog's propensity to chew
Dogs carry out destructive chewing for three main reasons, they are simply bored, they find it pleasurable to do so, or they find it helps get them through emotional times. The nearest human equivalent for which might be to consume a bar of chocolate!
Anything that gets in the way of this chewing normally ends up in poor state. If you think about it there are lots of sharp, pointed teeth in your dog's mouth and they generally get the better of anything put in their way.
Chewing is only acceptable of your dog's toys, never let her have a go at your own possessions.
How To Avoid Your Possessions Being Destroyed
The first tip for dog behavior training is to not place valuable objects in the way of temptation. Just as you would ensure your house is baby proof you need to think about putting things away that you would rather your dog not find. Why let providence intervene.
In addition, when hiding things be aware of just how agile your dog is. The height your dog can reach when standing on the back legs is always surprising?
I am sure you do not need telling that food needs putting away securely. Loose food needs to be put away safely from the nose and paws of your pet, high cupboards and strong containers are called for here.
The phrase prevention is better than cure applies to dog behaviour training too, if your dog is not given the opportunity to discover the delights of chewing a forbidden item then it is a lot easier for her to learn your house rules.
Never weaken your position by allowing your dog to chew items you no longer need, for instance old shoes. Once she has the taste do not be surprised to find shoes you care about being treated to the same destructive chewing.
Why not buy some doggy toys to show your pet what it is she can play with. Take a look around your local pet store for tough items such as rubber bones and balls etc. Buy a few and rotate their use as a way to keep your dog behaviour training interesting.
Some final advice on dog behaviour, when you catch your dog chewing something inappropriate be sure to interrupt her immediately and provide a suitable alternative and give lavish praise when this is accepted as a way of reinforcing good behaviour.
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