Three Strategies For Surviving Your Bully Puppy's Teething Stage

If you're like most people who have decided recently to open up your home and heart to an adorable bully puppy, you probably already know that the addition of a puppy to the household comes with a significant amount of disruption — and those who are new to dog ownership often find the puppy stage overwhelming. Fortunately, strategies exist designed to help your new furry friend fit into your life with as little disruption as possible. For instance, all new puppies go through a teething phase where they will chew up everything and anything in their paths, and they can't tell the difference between your favorite pair of shoes and a designated chew toy. 

Few things are more frustrating than returning home after an absence to the sight of your puppy with an innocent look on its face surrounded by piles of your belongings that have been torn to shreds. The following are three ways that you can help minimize the havoc your new puppy has the potential to wreak by chewing during its teething phase. 

Provide Organic Chewing Materials

Organic chewing materials include raw bones and chew treats manufactured using meat scraps and other materials designed to appeal to canine taste buds. This makes it much easier to train your pup not to consider your shoes, furniture, or other off-limits items as chewing material because they taste and smell like food instead of like fabric or leather. 

Crate Train Your Puppy  

Providing your new puppy with proper crate training will prevent the scenario mentioned above concerning returning home and finding your shoes and other valued items in shreds. Crate training is remarkably easy because it works with the innate denning instinct that all canines have. However, the crate should be a place of warmth and security, and time in the crate should never be used as a punishment for when your pup has misbehaved.  

Provide Your Puppy With Plenty of Exercise 

Puppies sometimes keep right on chewing things up after they outgrow their teething phase. Lack of exercise is a common culprit in their scenario, so make sure that you provide your furry friend with plenty of opportunities throughout the day to be active and stretch its muscles. Young dogs naturally require more physical activity than their older counterparts. Unwanted chewing after the teething stage may become a thing of the past if your dog gets the exercise it needs.

For more information about puppies, such as bully puppies, contact a local dog breeder.