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Your puppy loves to chew. He will chew on just about anything he can sink his little puppy teeth into. Puppy's chewing can cost you big bucks when you try to replace all your chewed up goods, too. Thankfully, with a few simple tricks and tips, you can get puppy chewing his toys - and not YOUR socks. Puppies are so dog-gone lovable. I admit that I am so entertained when my puppy chews on a sock. He wags his little tail playfully, does his little puppy-growl, and then chews until it lies in shreds on the floor. However, my puppy suddenly becomes a lot less lovable when it is MY sock he is chewing on. I would venture to guess that the largest expense incurred by puppy owners is as a result of replacing or repairing chewed up belongings. Naturally, a puppy will chew the most when you either aren't home or you aren't looking. To curb the chewing habit you need to puppy-proof your home. You may not like it, but keep puppy confined to areas of your home where puppy can't get into too much trouble. Just like with a small child, don't leave your puppy unattended - even when you are home. Invest in a baby gate to prevent him from wandering around if it becomes necessary. Keep your valuables and collectibles out of puppys reach. Coffee tables need to be free of magazines, books, and yes, even the remote control. Store these things in higher places where puppy can't reach. Don't forget, if your puppy gets a hold of marbles, coins, or other small objects, he could choke while chewing on them! Be sure these small things are picked up and out of puppy's reach at all times. Puppies get so worked up at times and when a puppy is over-excited, he chews - a lot. This is simply your puppy's way of releasing his pent up energy. Also keep in mind that your puppy has no idea that he's done something wrong unless you tell him. When puppy does chew on your things, try to resist your urge to spank him. Good puppy owners know that when their puppy has chewed up something, that he probably was responding to your behavior. When you leave the house and make a big deal out of leaving, puppy will get all excited. Puppy has no idea of the proper way to release his excitement, so, puppy chews. Get your puppy a chew toy or ten. When he must chew, at least he will chew on something that is meant for chewing. Nylon rope puppy toys help to clean puppy's teeth while he is releasing his emotional energy. The best way to help your puppy stay calm is for YOU to be calm. Resist the urge to broadcast to puppy that you are leaving. When you come home, forget the fanfare and be as calm as you possibly can.

Puppies are highly-excitable animals. This excitement can cause that adorable puppy of yours to chew on everything in sight. To avoid destruction, stay calm around your puppy and remember; this too shall pass. With consist behavior and discipline, training your puppy to only chew on his chew toys will pay off.

Russell Brown is a long-time dog lover who shares all his free puppy training tips [] and puppy housetraining [] tips at his blog.

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