Your pup will be teething between around about 3-8 months and will HAVE to chew, and he won’t understand that your hand, or your children’s clothes or your best shoes are not there for his chewing pleasure 😁.
If you’re feeding your pup out of a bowl, you’re missing lots of opportunities to encourage appropriate chewing. If you feed your pup using a hollow chew toy, then when he feels the need to chew, he’s more likely to seek out those chew toys, which tend to have tasty food in them, providing they’re left lying around for him to find easily, than to chew your furniture. It’s important that chew toys are introduced into your pup’s life as early as possible. If your pup has chewed the wooden leg of your table and it’s relieved the pain of teething, then he’s been reinforced for chewing.
IF A BEHAVIOUR HAS BEEN REINFORCED, IT’S MORE LIKELY TO HAPPEN AGAIN.
Chewing is soothing for dogs; it’s like giving a dummy to a baby.
Chewing helps to relieve boredom. What naughty behaviour is your pup NOT doing when he’s relaxing with his chew toy?
Chew toys on their own will not cure the pup from biting down hard on your skin when he becomes over aroused.