How to Stop a Rottweiler Puppy from Chewing on Your Shoes

All dogs have a natural instinct to chew on things, particularly when they are teething as puppies and when they get bored. Because chewing is a natural behavior for your Rottweiler, you shouldn’t try to eliminate it entirely. You can, however, redirect the behavior toward a more appropriate outlet. Keep reading to learn how to stop your Rottweiler from chewing on your shoes.

How to Redirect Chewing Behavior

Before you make an attempt to change your Rottweiler puppy’s behavior, you should take a step back and look at the behavior itself to determine the underlying cause. It may seem like your dog does strange or random things sometimes, but if you take a closer look you may realize that they have a very good reason. For puppies, chewing is frequently a way to relieve the pain and discomfort of teething – it can also be an outlet for excess energy or boredom when your puppy doesn’t get enough exercise during the day. If you really want to keep your puppy from chewing on your shoes, you need to address the underlying reason. Maybe you need to spend a little more time walking him or play with him for a few extra minutes during the day.

Though addressing the underlying cause for your puppy’s chewing is the key to reducing this unwanted behavior for the long-term, there is something you can do to stop it in the short term. Rather than trying to eradicate this behavior entirely, try instead to redirect it. When you see your Rottweiler puppy chewing on something he shouldn’t be, walk up to him and tell him “No” in a firm voice. Take the object away from your puppy but immediately replace it with one of his own toys – preferably one of his favorites. When your puppy starts to chew on the toy instead, praise him and give him a small treat. Each time you find your puppy chewing on something other than his toys, follow this sequence until he learns what he is and is not allowed to chew on.

Tips for Dealing with Other Problem Behaviors

In the same way that you redirected your Rottweiler puppy’s chewing behavior to a more appropriate outlet, you can use the same principle to curb other unwanted behaviors. For example, if your Rottweiler develops a habit of digging up your flower beds, try creating a special area in the corner of the yard where he can dig. Bury a few toys in this area and lead your dog to it when you find him digging elsewhere then reward him when he starts to dig there instead. You can also apply this training sequence to things like unwanted barking, whining, or jumping.

As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to train your Rottweiler puppy properly from a young age. Not only will this ensure obedience, but it will also help you to curb unwanted behaviors more quickly and more effectively. Just be sure to use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior instead of punishment to discourage bad behavior.

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