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Yorkies and Chewing
Yorkshire terriers and Teacup Yorkies
Chewing is a very normal behavior for puppies and dogs. They use their mouths for grasping food, gaining information about the environment, relieving boredom and reducing tension.
Chewing appears to be great fun. However, it could become a major problem when valued objects are damaged.
Why Do Dogs Chew?
When you couple strong jaws with the curiosity and high energy of an exploring Yorkie Puppy , the result is an incredible chewing machine! The speed at which puppies can wreak havoc in a house, and the extent of damage they can do, can really take you by surprise.
There are a variety of reasons why a Yorkie Puppy might chew.
Understanding Your Yorkie Puppy �s World
Puppies usually pass time or relieve boredom by using their mouths, which may result in household destruction. But puppies don�t know�they are simply entertaining themselves.
Sometimes we unwittingly contribute to a Yorkie Puppy 's problem with improper training. Puppies don�t know the difference between old shoes and new shoes, or between stuffed toys and the corner of a stuffed couch.
Likewise, tug-of-war games can set your Yorkie Puppy up to fail. A Yorkie Puppy or dog entertained by tearing a towel is tempted to attack curtains fluttering in a breeze.
What About a Second Pet?
Most often, getting a second pet to help correct a chewing problem isn�t the best idea. In some cases, a new pet may distract the destructive pet away from chewing, but it is just as likely that the problems could double, especially if the newcomer is another Yorkie Puppy .
A Little Guidance
The first step in correcting a chewing problem is to guide your Yorkie Puppy 's chewing toward acceptable chew toys.
Protecting Your Possessions
Until you can trust your Yorkie Puppy , he must be under constant supervision or confined to a safe area. And even when he�s with you, he might sneak off by himself to chew. Consider using a leash to keep him within eyesight. A crate, dog run, or safe room will keep him out of trouble when he can�t be watched.
As your Yorkie Puppy is allowed more freedom, he can be taught to avoid forbidden objects if you make them taste bad. Choose an effective, commercial, bitter- or hot-tasting spray to safeguard objects. If he has the habit of chewing specific items, such as clothing, make sure that all clothing is out of reach except one or two items that are sprayed with a bad-tasting spray.
Every day, move the items to new positions around the house. In four or five days, change the type of item. This teaches the dog to leave your clothing alone because he associates them with a bad taste.
"Booby traps" are successful since they punish your Yorkie Puppy during the act and do not require your presence. A stack of empty beverage cans set up to fall over when something moves can be effective in safeguarding certain objects. Motion-activated alarms are often effective in teaching a Yorkie Puppy to stay off furniture or out of plants.
What Not To Do