Had an interesting discussion with a client on the weekend. This lovely girl below was causing some mayhem by destructively chewing lots of things, like the sofa, pillows, etc. The owner wasn't having much success getting her to stop, and worried that letting her chew anything would only make things worse.
I'm a firm believer that many behaviours like this are instinctual, and not deliberate.
So rather than trying to fight nature and get her not to chew at all, I suggested that we try to teach her appropriate vs inappropriate things to chew. This way, we give her an outlet for her urges, but in an acceptable manner. 😁
So when we can't fight instincts, let's try to redirect them.
Also below, are 2 pictures from my puppy's chewing adventures: the red pig from K-Mart (before and after disemboweling), and my camp slippers. Obviously I am still teaching him appropriate vs inappropriate as well!