How do I stop my puppy from chewing on stuff?

Puppies will usually start chewing on things around the age of 5 months. This period can last up to the age of one year. The reason for puppies chewing on things is because they are teething. As they grow in their adult teeth, they will feel a lot of pain, and the only way for them to limit this pain is to chew on things. There are a couple of things you can do. First, get a puppy teether.

   

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It looks very strange, but it can actually be very effective. It only costs a couple of bucks online here. You put it in the freezer, and it retains the cold, which soothes the teeth of the puppy.

Second, go read up on puppy teething. There are some very good tips on that page that will tell you how to deal with the problem.

If your dog is older than one year (not really a puppy anymore), it is not teething and simply has a discipline problem. You should train the dog through normal methods not to chew on things. There are a number of different ways to train dogs, and you can read about them in our General Pet FAQ.

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