Getting a new puppy can be quite a joy. But seeing your shoes and furniture shredded is not. I never had problems with my dog chewing after trying one simple technique. The vet said not to punish him for what he should not do unless I have shown him what he should do. So, try this and see if it works for you. Keep in mind that this may not correct well-established behaviors if your dog has been chewing a while. This is for pups that have not formed bad habits yet.
1. Whenever my tiny puppy would start to gnaw on my finger, I would put a stuffed animal in his mouth. When you do this, do not scold the dog or punish it. You should simply show it what it should do. 2. When you catch the dog chewing on shoes or furniture, do the same thing. Show it what it should chew. 3. Play with the puppy and his stuffed toy or chew toy often so that it enjoys the toy and knows that playing with this toy probably means getting to play with you. 4. Be consistent with the puppy. By the time he or she stops teething, hopefully he or she will not only not be a chewer but have a favorite toy to play with too.
Most dogs go through a phase where they will chew on anything that will fit in their mouth. There are also dogs that don’t even grow out of the chewing phase. There are even some breeds that have a tendency to chew more than other breeds. It may be cute at first when your puppy begins to chew on your shoes or socks but can be very dangerous. If your dog gets into something poisonous or swallows an object it could lead to death. Puppies typically will chew more than an older dog and will chew on pretty much anything. It is much easier to teach dogs not to chew at younger ages than it is an older dog. Use this to your advantage. The first thing to do when training your dog not to chew is to put the items he likes to chew out of reach. It is important to keep these away from your dog at all times. The less exposure the dog has with the items, the less likely he is to chew on them at later times. When you get everything out of your dog’s reach give him something that you don’t mind him chewing on. This can be a chew toy, rawhide bones, or rubber bones. Buy one of each and see which one your dog prefers. It may take a while before you dog will stop wanting to chew on other things such as your shoes but be patient. After your dog has something good to chew on is when you want to start training him. If you catch your dog chewing on something it isn’t supposed to you need to let them know that what they are doing is wrong. You can tell your dog this by speaking in a sharp tone and giving him a gentle tap on his head.