Many people begin the process of training there dog or puppy by entering them into a dog training school. There are a lot of different things covered in dog training classes but unfortunately, one aspect of dog training is not gone over very well or at all in these classes and that's chewing.
It is hard to go over a chewing problem in dog training classes because dogs often have nothing to chew on or destroy while in the class! If you are one of those people but you still need help with chewing, please read on.
This type of training can be effective for dogs young and old. Many people find this problem to be more common in puppies but plenty of older dogs still have a problem with this type of behavior. They just love to chew things up while their owners are away!
First realize that all dogs, especially puppies. They need to chew. They like to chew. So when you begin, make sure you have several things that are ok for your dog to chew on. Then begin your training by keeping all of your dogs chewing toys in one location.
This way, your dog will learn to associate this spot with his or her chew toys. You must do this in order for this to work. Try to have the dog toys in a "toy box" for your dog.
During this process, never spank or hit your dog if you catch him chewing on something that's on the "not allowed" list. With a firm "NO!", remove him or her from that item and take them to the toys they are aloud to chew on. When he chews on what he's allowed to chew on, praise him.
It has been shown and I can attest to it in my own dog training, that dogs respond much better to praise and positive dog training. If the dog continues to chew on things that it shouldn't, continue to use the technique listed previously. Your tone of voice will be enough punishment and is the only punishment necessary for this kind of dog training. Your dog should "get it" relatively quickly.
Another method of dog training you can try is to put a taste deterrent on the items your dog shouldn't chew. This chew deterrent is called "bitter apple" and it is available at most pet stores.
These are effective means of teaching your dog not to chew on inappropriate things. The key to any dog training is patience and repitition. Stay calm and keep at it until your pooch "gets it."
Dog training can be a fun and rewarding experience…as long as all of your favorite things aren't chewed up in the process!
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