My puppy is eating everything. How do I make him stop?
-- iVillager ladera2000
Andrea Arden says:
The puppy's chewing everything in sight? Here's the solution: Give him a space of his own. First, when you're home, keep your pup on a leash at all times. Do this even when you're playing with him. Otherwise he should be in a long-term or short-term confinement area. Long-term areas could be a bathroom, kitchen, or other small room with an open crate at one end and the rest of the floor covered with paper. (Don't just put down one little piece and expect your pup to hit the target.) Your best bet is to cover the whole floor first, then take away one small section at a time until you're down to one small covered. On the other hand, short-term confinement is a crate. This is for building bladder and bowel muscle control and to avoid separation anxiety problems (in the long term). Together, these settings will teach a young pup which space is his and how to handle himself.
Andrea Arden, author of Dog Friendly Dog Training