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How to Stop Your Puppy from Chewing Furniture


Puppies are curious animals.  And like their human counterparts (i.e. babies) they explore the world using their mouths.

Fortunately, most puppies eventually grow out of this phase.  But not quickly enough for many dog owners.  A Google search of “stop puppy chewing furniture” yields more than 500K search results.

This post explains how to prevent this annoying canine behavior.

Stop Puppy Chewing – Furniture and Other Precious Things

Telling a puppy not to explore things with his mouth is like telling a person not to explore things with his eyes.  Biting, chewing, and gnawing are how dogs learn about the world around them.

So you can’t really stop a puppy from “chewing.”  It won’t happen.

You can, however, stop a dog from chewing on things you care about.  With shoes, electronics, and other portable items, this is pretty easy.  Just put these things out of reach.  Problem solved.

But how do you put a sofa or table out of reach?

Well – you basically have 2 options.

Option 1 – Remove the Puppy

You can always reduce your dog’s movements:

  • Lock him up in a crate.
  • Put him in a room with no furniture.
  • Keep him tied up in the backyard.

These solutions work.  But they’re not elegant or practical.  Do you really wanna keep your dog caged 24/7?  If so, you might ask yourself why you even have a dog in the first place.

Let’s look at option 2.

Option 2 – Redirect the Dog’s Desire to Chew on Furniture

This option actually has 2 steps.  But the goal is to reduce your puppy’s desire to chew on furniture and redirect this urge towards more constructive items (like chew toys).

Step 1 – Apply a veterinarian-approved taste deterrent on all furniture within your home.  These bitter tasting solvents will make table legs and lamps extremely unappealing.  Dogs don’t usually like bitter, sour, or spicy tastes.  Click here to check out some popular taste deterrents on Amazon.

Step 2 – Give your dog lots of chewing alternatives.  By leaving chew toys and bones around, you provide your puppy with constructive outlets for satisfying his “chewing” desires.  Be sure to change these toys frequently since your dog will eventually get bored of playing with the same old distractions.

Simple enough.

But what if your puppy never grows out of the exploratory/chewing phase?  Worse still, what if the taste deterrents don’t work at all?

What to Do If Your Puppy Never Stops Chewing on Furniture?

If you find yourself in this situation, it’s time to bring in the professionals.  (At PuppyDontBite.com, we’re good – but we’re definitely not experts).

Obedience school is one solution.  Make sure that the program has modules on biting and chewing.  You don’t want to spend extra money on other behavioral problems if you don’t have to.

Another popular option is to use at-home training guides like the ones listed here.  They’re cheaper than obedience school, but they’re full of useful information to help you tackle any number of canine training issues.

Best of luck.


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