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My puppy is chewing everything - what should I do?
Chewing is part of normal dog behaviour. Puppies investigate their environment by sniffing and chewing on objects. Puppies also chew during their teething phase (which starts at about 12 weeks of age) when baby teeth are replaced with permanent adult teeth.
1-2 times per week (see the article What should I feed my dog? below for more information), and plenty of safe dog chew toys. It is imperative that your dog has a safe chewing outlet to express this instinctive behaviour.
Dogs can sometimes chew on inappropriate objects if there is an underlying problem such as anxiety, frustration, boredom, etc. Ensure your dog has sufficient daily exercise, most dogs need at least one walk/ run in a dog park each day and sufficient company and mental stimulation. Also ensure your dog is fed at least twice a day, as sometimes dogs will scavenge and chew when they are hungry. Please see the below articles for dietary advice.
How can I stop my dog chewing on inappropriate objects?
If your dog is chewing excessively, injuring themselves or damaging property please consult with a veterinary behavioural specialist who can help determine the underlying cause and help manage the issue.
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