Chewing is second nature to puppies and part of normal growth and development. When establishing an area for your new arrival in the home it should be kept clean and free of items considered hazardous or items you do not want chewed up. Provide your pet with several chewing toys and promote playtime with these while interacting with your pet. Slowly introduce other items into the environment that you do not want your pet to chew, like shoes, and use voice inflections to show displeasure when he or she selects these items rather than the toys with which to play. Reinforce good choices by praising. Over time your pet will crave this positive attention and avoid objects that lead to displeasure.

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