How to stop your puppy from chewing

He’s cute! He’s fluffy. He’s cuddly!

But he has a deep, dark secret.

…he’s an absolute chew monster!

Who could have known that the sweet little pup that made your house a home could also be so destructive? He used to just play and sleep but now he’s chewing your couch, your cushions, your bed, your passport…I’m talking from personal experience on that last one.

The fact is, that as cute as they might be, without the help of a chew deterrent,  puppies will chew. Unless you are super lucky, there’s really no escaping it either and while you will get the odd mischievous pup, none of them are deliberately out to get you.

Just like human babies, puppies go through a teething stage where the only thing that will soothe the pain is to bite down on something – generally something soft and chewy (like your couch) or cool and hard (like a table leg). They find the smell of their owners comforting too, so if you find yourself missing a shoe, remember that it’s because your puppy loves you.  In a sense, you should be somewhat flattered that is was your shoe they chose to make them feel better.

Ultimately, your puppy isn’t chewing all of your belongings to annoy you or because they are naughty. They’re doing it because their teeth are causing them pain.

So, what can you do about it?

Don’t fall into the trap of giving your puppy an old shoe thinking that if they have that one to destroy, it will keep all of your other shoes safe. It won’t. All this will do is tell your puppy that shoes are a toy, and when the shoe you gave them no longer does the job, they will move on to your others. Make sure that they do actually have something suitable of their own to chew – there are plenty of puppy chew toys available for this very purpose.

Most importantly, remember that you are the boss! Your new puppy should of course be welcomed as part of the family, but they still need to be taught what is, and isn’t, acceptable behavior. Give them a helping hand by presenting them with their own chew toys, but also by showing them what is yours and, therefore, is not to be chewed. Our Professional anti-chew bitter spray is the most powerful bitter deterrent on the market and is guaranteed to stop your pup chewing within 14 days. It’s alcohol-free, completely safe for your pet and comes with an online, interactive 14-day training program. Whether you have tried everything and are now ready to move on to something that actually works, or if you’re a new puppy owner and want to prepare yourself for what’s to come, it’s a guaranteed way to save your couch* and comes with the promise of a full refund if you are not satisfied with the results. We’re confident that you will be.

*only from your puppies’ chewing. Our PRO anti-chew bitter spray can’t prevent accidental drinks from spilling, so you still need to watch that cup of coffee!