If you catch your puppy in the act of chewing on an inappropriate item, stop it right away. By doing this your puppy will learn which items he can and cannot chew then, when he is unsupervised, he will be less likely to chew your belongings.
Try using a clicker to help reinforce good behavior. All you should do is create an association between good things and the fun noise of the clicker. You should click, and then immediately treat. This method will be necessary until your dog learns that the “reward” is the clicking sound alone. Your dog can realize that the click is a good sound, and more easily shape your dog’s behavior.
While training your dog, make sure both of you are having fun. Playing with your dog helps build a stronger bond between dog and human, which encourages the dog to respond positively during training. Despite the fun the two of you will have during training, it is important to set aside time that is designated to enjoyment only, with no work or training involved.
You should always keep the tone of training sessions upbeat and positive with lots of praise. Always give your dog some sort of reward when it behaves according to your direction. If you are negative and use punishment in your training, the dog will just be afraid and might not do as you ask.
The best way to prevent your new pup from chewing on things when you are not home is to place the dog outside when you leave. You could also put valuable objects out of your dog’s reach and make sure you leave toys for your dog to play with.
When training your dog against improper chewing, be sure to set them up for success. Make sure that your dog can’t get into trouble by chewing on the wrong item. Common items like curtains and hairbrushes are choking hazards that can kill your dog if you aren’t vigilant.
Incorporating dog training into your life can yield amazing results in a short period of time. If your dog is exhibiting signs of bad behavior, use some of these training tips.