In this episode of Pandemic Puppy, Kayla discusses chewing and everything you need to know about managing it!
- Chewing is essential for behavior wellness, but thankfully the chewing habits will change over time. There are some great ways to manage chewing to make it a little more easier to deal with
How to manage chewing:
- Make sure you are meeting your puppy’s needs!
- Puppy proof! Don’t give your puppy a chance to chew things that would hurt them
- Give LOTS of options: antlers, bully sticks, kongs, pig’s ears, bouillon ice cubes, mimic whatever they keep chewing without permission
- Supervise always. Don’t wind down supervision until the puppy is trustworthy at their current level
- Could the chewing be boredom/attention-seeking? Are you reacting to your puppy chewing on bad things and ignoring them when they’re being good?
What do you do when you catch them chewing?
- Make sure their needs are being met before any intervention
- Gently interrupt your puppy and redirect them to something else
- Be careful not to create an accidental behavior chain
What to look out for?
- Sometimes, excessive chewing is actually a sign of an upset stomach, GI issues, diet imbalance, or serious underlying stress.
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Kayla grew up in northern Wisconsin and studied ecology and animal behavior at Colorado College. She founded Journey Dog Training in 2013 to provide high-quality and affordable dog behavior advice. She’s an avid adventurer and has driven much of the Pan-American Highway with her border collie Barley. She now travels the US in a 2006 Sprinter with her two border collies, Barley and Niffler. Aside from running Journey Dog Training, Kayla also runs the nonprofit K9 Conservationists, where she and the dogs work as conservation detection dog teams.