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Dog Eating Pens and Pencils

Dog Eating Pens and Pencils
I have a dog that always eats paper, pens, and pencils. Once she ate a pen and made the couch all blue. My mom yelled at her, and she went in the basement. Do you have any advice for me?

Reply from the Highlights Editors
Chewing is a natural behavior for a dog. One immediate thing you can do is to be responsible about not leaving things around the house that she likes to chew.

Dogs have to be trained not to chew things they shouldn't be chewing. You can do this by providing your dog with her own things to chew. Many products are available, and you might want to ask a pet-store worker or a veterinarian to recommend one that is best for your dog.

If you catch your dog chewing on something other than her own toys, tell her "no" and present her with one of the toys. Tell her she's a good girl for chewing on the toy.

Training a pet takes time and patience. In the meantime, you can help your dog by not giving her opportunities to misbehave.

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The Highlights Editors