We love dogs, but dogs can be gross. Learn more about this disgusting and very common habit and why your dog might be doing it.
How to Stop Your Puppy From Eating Everything
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Puppies are often clueless when it comes to what they put in their mouths, which means they may end up eating some strange things. Even as you're learning what to feed your puppy and how often to fill its bowl, it may insist on munching all sorts of odd, disgusting, or dangerous stuff that mystifies or nauseates you. Fortunately for both of you, your puppy may outgrow this puzzling habit, and there are steps you can take to help it along.
Why Do Puppies Chew Things
There is no doubt that puppies are tiny bundles of enormous cuteness, but, when it comes to training, you will definitely have your hands full. From excessive barking to doing their business on your bed, trouble can sometimes seem to follow your adorable pup. Add chewing to the mix, and you’ll spend all your free time learning how to discipline a puppy and not go crazy at the same time.
Puppy chewing is often caused by the fact that either their baby teeth are erupting, or they are being replaced by permanent teeth. The tiny, needle-like teeth erupt when your pooch is around 3 to 8 weeks old, and just when you get used to scratches from nipping, they start teething again. Dogs stop teething when they are around 4 to 6 months old when all of their milk teeth are replaced by adult ones.
Provide your dog plenty of exercise opportunities daily to prevent destructive chewing. Regular exercise will help relieve aggression and tension in your dog so she will not want to chew on her bedding and blankets.
Avoid putting your dog in known stressful situations. Reduce the stress in your dog’s life to stop blanket and bed chewing. Dogs may sometimes chew on inappropriate items when they are sad or stressed out over environmental changes, such as moving to a new location or losing a fellow pet. Try to make your dog as comfortable as possible and show her love and affection often in these situations and in general.