One of the annoying things about living with a puppy is that they may chew on your carpet, furniture, and other household items. This can be frustrating and discouraging to find out that your puppy has been destroying your carpet since the day you brought it home. Puppies are very energetic and they will chew on anything they can get a hold of when they are young. However, with patience and some effort on your part, you can teach your puppy not to chew things in your home. Here are some ways on how to stop puppy from chewing carpet.
1. Give Attention
Puppies like attention. They will do anything to get your attention, even if they have to resort to chewing something that is not appropriate. Most of the time when you see your puppy chewing the carpet or something else, you should reward them with praise while they are doing it and then give them a chew toy. This teaches them that there are toys they can use to satisfy their needs to chew and will encourage them to chew on the right things. The attention that your puppy gives when they chew is what they want, so give them the attention that they deserve. If you give them that positive attention, it will help to curb the bad habit of chewing on things in your home.
2. Look for the Cause
Sometimes puppies chew on things because they are teething. This is natural and happens to nearly every puppy at some point or another. It is not your fault that your puppy has developed this habit. However, when you find out that it is because of teething, you can start giving them items that will ease their pain while they get through this phase in their life. Buy a chew toy and make sure it is big enough so that they cannot swallow it and possibly choke on it. You can also give them ice cubes that they can chew on and will ease the pain in their mouth. The chewing will be a lot less when they are in pain, do not let it discourage you.
3. Positive Reinforcement
Dogs learn by association, if you associate bad behaviors with good things the bad behaviors will eventually disappear. You can use this to your advantage to stop your puppy from chewing on things they should not be chewing on; like your carpet or furniture. When you catch them in the act of chewing something they are not supposed to, do not yell at them or smack them in any way. The best thing to do is to take them to their chew toys, place the item they were chewing on in front of that toy and then reward them when they are done with it. Then you can praise them for doing the right thing. Even though your puppy may not understand what you are telling them, they will associate the positive change in your attitude and mood when you do this with the right behavior.
4. Spray the Carpet with Bitter Apple
This may be an effective way to stop chewing if your puppy is attacking a specific area. If you catch your puppy chewing on something that is not appropriate, spray the area with bitter apples so that they will not want to chew on it again. However, this method does not teach them how to behave; you have to teach them by encouraging the right behavior through positive reinforcement and attention. Once you do this for them one time, then it will be easier for them to understand what they can and cannot chew on in your home. It may take some work, but it will be worth it when they start looking at their toys instead of the carpet.
5. Give Chew Toys
Giving your puppy some proper toys will help curb their appetite for chewing other things in your home. Buying a variety of toys for your puppy will ensure that no matter what mood he is in he’ll always have the perfect toy for him at that moment. If you give your puppy some toys to play with when they are chewing on the carpet, they will be more than happy to chew on those toys instead. The toys will help curb chewing and will be less of a problem for you.
6. Interrupting the Puppy from Chewing
When your puppy is chewing on something, do not let them finish. This should be the first thing that you do when you see them chewing something. Interrupting their chewing sends a very strong message to them that it is not okay for them to chew things in your home. This will teach them that even if they want to chew on something in your home, you will never allow it. If they have already started to chew on something and have no intention of stopping, get on top of them and use physical force to stop their chewing. This may seem harsh, but it will ensure that they learn quickly how not to chew things in your home or be scared of being punished for chewing on inappropriate items.
7. Provide a Playpen
If you are trying to stop your puppy from chewing on carpet, it can be very dangerous for you to let them roam free in the house. If your puppy is destructive, there is a possibility that they will get hurt by something within the home. To prevent this, you can always provide them with a playpen that they can go into whenever they need some time to relax or rest. This will ensure that they do not get hurt while they are in the house, while still being able to have fun and run around with other puppies and pets. The playpen will also serve another purpose; it will provide them with a place in the home where no one would ever want to chew on something inappropriate like your furniture or carpet.
8. Avoid Punishment
Punishing your dog for chewing something that is not appropriate in the house can lead to your puppy becoming afraid of you. They will not want to be near you, because they are scared of the methods that you use to discipline them. If your puppy chews on the carpet and then runs off when they know you are coming, it is very difficult for them to stop its bad behavior if they are not want to be near you. This can also have an impact on their relationship with other people and pets in their life; they will see everyone as a potential threat or enemy that will hurt them.
9. Use Affirmative Voice
When you are trying to get your puppy to stop chewing on your carpet, it is important to always make sure that you send them the right message. If you use the right tone of voice when you talk to them, they will understand what they should be doing. You can also say things like ‘good boy’ when they are being good and praise them for doing something good. This will help reinforce their good behavior and will help strengthen their reward system in the future. Your puppy will learn what is expected of them if you do this for a long enough period of time.
10. Play with Your Dog
If you are trying to get your puppy to stop chewing on things in the house, it is important to also educate them on what is appropriate behavior and what is not. You can teach them proper techniques for playing with other puppies or pets by taking them out for a walk or playing outside with them. When they are playing with other animals, they learn that those behaviors are allowed because they do it all the time. When you take your puppy outside, they will understand that they should not ever chew on things in your home because then their master will no longer allow it.
11. Take it to a Professional Trainer
If you are having a hard time training your puppy, then you should consider taking them to a professional dog trainer. They will be able to teach your puppy the proper behaviors and manners that they should always follow in the home. You can also contact Bark Busters for more advice on how to train your puppy. Positive reinforcement is a good way of teaching your puppy, but if you have already tried that and it did not work then it is okay to take them to a professional trainer. They will be able to teach you the right way without having to force anything on you or your puppy.
When you have a dog as young as a puppy, you have to make sure that they know how to act in your home and around other people. If they are always chewing on things that are not appropriate in the home or people, they will be constantly getting punished. This can lead to them becoming scared of everyone in the household and not being able to find the right behavior within your house. You can stop this by always taking them out for walks and playing with them when they are young so that they know what is appropriate and what is not. If you do this for long enough, you will end up with a happy and well-behaved dog version one day.