Getting a new puppy is always fun but it can be a little frustrating at times. One thing that a lot of owners have problems with is teething. A puppy who is teething will try to find comfort in any way they can, which means chewing on anything and everything. To help out new puppies, owners buy chew toys and bones, even if they have already found a chew toy: the new laptop or phone in the living room. Not only is this frustrating since your puppy has expensive taste in chew toys but it can be very dangerous. A puppy who chews on electronics and wires could get shocked, electrocuted, or develop internal blocking or damage if they break off pieces and swallow them. There are a few things you can do to help prevent your teething puppy from chewing on your electronics.

 

Puppy and laptop, Puppy chin on laptop

Puppy and laptop—IainBuchanan (Flickr.com)

 

Keep Electronics Out of Reach

The easiest way to protect your puppy and electronics is simply by picking them up before you leave. Of course, this is easier said than done. It can be difficult to get into the habit of always putting your laptop on the desk or putting remote controls in drawers. However, picking up your electronics keeps them out of site, out of mind. If your puppy can’t see them it won’t be tempted to chew on them. When you are home use your devices as you normally would, maybe even lay one out, and see if your puppy tries to chew on them. If it does, you can correct the behavior. This will help get them familiar with electronics, but also teach them that it isn’t a chew toy.

Cover Up Your Wires

While you can easily pick up electronics like laptops and phones, it’s hard to keep wires out of reach. Instead, you can cover your wires and try to keep them out of the way. Lose cords and wires are very tempting to puppies since they bend, move, and are hard enough that they feel good while they are teething. By covering your wires you can keep different cords and wires safe and secure by either running them up your wall, along your base boards, or even under furniture. If you have wires that you can’t cover up and you worry about your puppy while you are gone, you can either crate them or block off the room while you are gone. That way you know your puppy is safe and sound while you are away. Like with picking up the electronics, when you are home you can let them in the rooms with wires, under supervision, and correct any unwanted chewing behavior.

Use Covers for Your Devices

Of course, there is always a chance that you will forget to pick something up and your dog could chew on it while you are gone, so it is best to cover up your devices just in case. There are plenty of companies who make cases that are strong enough to protect your device from just about anything and everything, including sharp, new puppy teeth. Even the best laptops can get damaged if they are unprotected. So having a cover on them can save it just in case your puppy gets hold of them.

Encourage Good Chewing Habits

When you first get a puppy, you may be saying “no” to a lot they do: “no jumping”, “no getting on the couch”, “no, don’t chew on that”, “no, this isn’t for puppies.” It is important for your puppy to be praised for when they do something good. By praising your puppy when they don’t chew on things like hands and electronics, they will begin to change their chewing habits. When a puppy does go to chew on your brand new phone, tell them no and get them interested in something they can chew on like a treat or toy. If you want to teach your dog not to chew on something specifically, set it in the middle of the room. If they get near it, tell them no, leave it, or give them a different command and praise them when they pick something else. You can also teach your puppy how to “drop” or “leave it” by using treats. If your puppy gets hold of the item, hold a treat out and tell them to “drop it.” When they drop it, give them the treat. You can also play with your puppy and their chew toys. This will help them associate their toys with fun. As time goes on, your puppy will choose their toys over your electronics every day.

Be Patient

Remember that you may have set backs. It will take time to teach your puppy what they can and can’t chew on, and a while for them to get used to their new set of pearly whites. You may go through a few cord protectors and cases for your phones and laptops. In the end, your electronics will make it through the teething stage, and so will you and your puppy.

While you are going through the teething phase with your new puppy, make sure you pay close attention to how your dog acts. There are times you will catch them chewing, or see evidence of chewing. However there are times that your puppy could chew and eat something with out you noticing. If your dog has troubles going to the bathroom, becomes uninterested in eating and/or drinking, take them to the vet as soon as possible. Your dog may have ingested something poisonous or has intestinal blockage. While we don’t want to see our new iPhone 5 or brand new laptop destroyed, we want to make sure our puppy is happy and healthy

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