The short answer to this first question is yes – in most cases, your puppy will probably end up chomping on your furniture. Breeds that are more accustomed to using their mouths (hunting dogs, etc.) are likely to be the biggest offenders, although it’s a natural thing for any puppy to do – it’s just a simple way for our pampered pals to pass the time and have a bit of fun.
Luckily for all dog lovers out there, it’s possible to prevent them from doing this, providing you use the right tools, techniques and include a helpful training regime. For general information on puppy training, there’s plenty of websites out there to give you handy tips and tricks. You should start by rewarding your puppy for keeping himself entertained with other activities, and make it clear that chewing your furniture won’t be tolerated.
As part of your new training regime, you should also consider using a furniture spray to condition your puppy against chewing things they shouldn’t. This is a non-corrosive, odour-free spray that you can apply to your furniture, delivering a foul taste to anything tempted to chew on it. Using a furniture spray will condition your puppy to not chew by associating your prized equipment with the unpleasant taste.
You should make it a priority to keep your pet entertained and distracted enough to prevent them from needing to chew – invest in at least one decent dog toy to keep them busy and give them something to play with should they get bored. You’ll soon find that they’ll much prefer the dog toy to your table leg, especially if you interact and engage with it.
Exercise can play an equally important role in reducing the amount of chewing your puppy will feel the urge to do – excess energy can result in a living room full of nibbled furniture. Depending on the size of your pup, they may need anything from 20 minutes to a full hour of brisk walking each day, to make sure they’re getting all the exercise they need. If you get home and your pooch is still full of energy, you might want to think about buying a robin chew toy, which is sure to keep them busy.
If furniture spray or a dog toy doesn’t work and your furry friend insists on chewing your furniture, you may want to consider limiting their space whilst you’re out of the house. Leaving them in the kitchen, for example, rather than giving them access to the whole house can be the most effective way to protect your items. Obviously, make sure they have enough space to walk around, plus food and water as well as toys to keep them entertained.
Protecting your furniture against a playful puppy can be a difficult task, but sticking to a training regime and following these tips can help to solve the problem at the earliest opportunity.