How to Stop Your Puppy from Chewing on Your Furniture
One of the joys of owning a puppy is coming home to find that they’ve chewed up your favorite chair, or shredded your new sheets. Puppies explore the world with their mouths, and it’s important to redirect that energy into something positive – like a chew toy. Here are some tips on how to stop your puppy from chewing on your furniture.
Move anything you don’t want chewed. This includes shoes, clothes, bags, remote controls, and anything else that’s within reach. If it’s within reach, your puppy will assume that it’s fair game!
Provide plenty of chew toys for your puppy to sink their teeth into. Choose toys that are made of durable materials like rubber or nylon, and be sure to rotate them out so your puppy doesn’t get bored.
Put a baby gate up to keep your puppy away from rooms where they’re not allowed. This will help reduce the temptation to chew on things they’re not supposed to.
Distract your puppy when they start to chew on something they shouldn’t. Make a loud noise (clapping works well) or give them a toy to play with instead.
Be consistent with your rules and rewards – every time your puppy chews on something they’re not supposed to, scold them (gently) and give them a toy to chew on instead. Every time they chew on their toy, praise them and give them a treat.
With patience and consistency, you’ll be able to stop your puppy from chewing on your furniture in no time!
Puppies are exploratory by nature, and that often leads to chewing on things they’re not supposed to – like your furniture. Follow the above tips, and they’ll soon learn not to chomp on your sofa! If the damage has already been done, the good news is that The Foam Factory offers really great prices on replacement cushions to have your lounge set looking good as new again.