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Puppy Training: Saving Your Furniture

Jul 13, 2008
Having a puppy that's new in your home can be something that is rewarding beyond many different things. Just to come home and to know that even before your hand touches that door, there is a cute and cuddly little puppy standing there waiting for you to come in is something so exciting and great. It is something that brings a lot of joy to a lot of people to have this little puppy so excited to see them. On the down side there is something that not all owners experience but it happens to more people than normal. There is a definite reason for it but it's hard to deal with even if you know why it's happening. Coming home one day to find your entire couch or chairs eaten to bits is something that not too many people can take in a great way. It's hard to deal with something like that because furniture is very expensive these days and having a new puppy destroy them is a tough pill to swallow.

There are many reasons why this happens and the main one is that your puppy is teething. When his adult teeth start coming out, it can be an uncomfortable situation or just downright painful. The only way that he knows how to deal with it is to find something to scratch his gums. Unfortunately your furniture seems to fit that description to the letter. Many people react the wrong way to something like this and often feel that he is doing it out of spite or is just a destructive animal. Many people don't take the time to think that something might be wrong and a lot of people often try to take it out on the puppy who is only trying to help themselves out.

There are a few things that you can do to either prevent this from happening to you or help your puppy out. To prevent your furniture from getting destroyed a good practice to do is to try and keep your puppy somewhere that he doesn't have access to anything that can be valuable to you. It's generally a good idea to have your home sectioned off before he gets there so that you can have some sort of control of where he can go and what he can do in the area that you decide to keep him. Another great thing you can do is to get your puppy a new toy, something that has little grooves that while he chews it, it will scratch his gums and offer the same thing that your furniture offers without all the destruction and loss of money.

When it comes to raising a puppy, you need to be mindful about what might be going on with him and why he might be doing something. It is almost always a good idea to protect yourself and your belongings from these types of mishaps. There is nothing you can do to stop these things from happening to your puppy but you can protect yourself.
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This author lives in Flemington, NJ with her husband and 5 month old daughter and is an expert contributing author for a luxury dog feeders boutique offering variety of dog beds and personalized dog beds.
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