|Chewing is a normal, natural canine behavior. There are two chewing phases. Between 4-6 months puppies begin to loose their puppy teeth. Puppies like to chew on soft items, like carpet, rugs, rags or soft toys, squeaky toys and rope toys.
Then they may stop for a while until the second phase, which occurs between 10-12 months when the adult teeth settle into the growing skull of the dog. During this phase, dogs like to chew on more dense objects, like wood, furniture, plastic, rawhide, hard rubber toys.
||To correct chewing, follow these basic steps:
Get your puppy or dog’s attention using a low-pitched, stern voice saying “No!” to stop the behavior.
Provide an acceptable alternative behavior or distraction.
Praise correct behavior in a positive voice (“Good dog!”) and pet them or give treats.