How to Get Your Puppy to Stop Chewing the Sofa

Does your puppy have a safe and effective chewing outlet?

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
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Make sure your puppy has appropriate outlets to satisfy her need to chew. Dogs have individual preferences in chew toys. Many, maybe most, love the hollow rubber shapes that can be stuffed with food (these toys are also excellent for preventing food theft once your dog gets older).

The brand you’re likeliest to see is Kong. If your puppy’s easily discouraged, start with a mixture of half canned and half dry food. Succeeding at easy chewing jobs will help her learn to stay on task. As she gets better and better at excavating, you can up the ante. For maximum chewing time, wedge biscuits into the bottom of the toy, pack it with food, and then freeze it overnight. 


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Then check out The Dog Trainer’s Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet!

About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).