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Hi my puppy Mason is 10 months old and he has a really terrible habit of chewing things that are not his toys I've tried to train him out of this and have given him lots of chew toys which is obviously not working, my partner is about to loose it and is telling me he wants to get rid of the puppy because he keeps chewing things that are important for example the lawn mower he borrowed from his dad. I don't know what I'm doing wrong with the training please help me or I may have to make the choice between my puppy and my relationship.

Answered Wednesday 11 March 2015

Hi Allie,

 

 thanks for your question. Unfortunately puppies have a habit of chewing things as this is the way that they discover the world. It is much like human babies putting things in their mouth, they are using their tactile senses within their mouths to find out about their environment. 

We always advise clients that anything that is left lying around will be chewed until the dog is at least 18 months old and perhaps longer in some cases. All you can do is to lock-away the things that you don't want chewed and ensure that your puppy has plenty of appropriate things to chew. You can try negative rewards such as a spray with a water bottle however you need to catch your puppy in the act in order to be effective.

I am sorry to hear that your partner is at his wits-end, it might be worth constructing your puppy a designated area in the backyard that he cannot escape from.  Also, never give your puppy chew toys that represent items that you don't want chewed. ie if he is given an old Dunlop volley then chews your Prada pumps don't be surprised.

Sorry if this is not much help however prevention is the best option in young dogs,

 

regards,

 

 Anthony and James

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