Dogs are natural chewers and puppies need teething relief. Manage your house to prevent inappropriate chewing, using your crate or safe room for the dog when you are not home, advises Melanson.
Put your shoes, dirty laundry, garbage and other enticing household items that dogs might find fun to chew, out of sight. Offer your dog appropriate safe chewing items such as Kongs, Bully Sticks, Nylabones and even deer antlers. If she chews on inappropriate things, do not yell or reprimand, instead try to interrupt and redirect her to a favorite chewy, while saying leave it, enticing her with her own chew toy or treat for her to drop as you give her the chewy in trade. Chewing is also a great energy-burn, so if you establish a good chew toy habit you can keep your dog happy on rainy or your busy days.
Managing your dogs environment to make it harder to do something wrong is a good technique to use, especially while your dog is still learning the rules, according to Burch. An example is to put all food away to prevent your dog from 'counter surfing' and consuming a whole loaf of bread and container of margarine for his afternoon snack.