Smell is often what first attracts a dog to a forbidden item. Things that smell good to a dog range from stinky socks to leather shoes to ripe garbage. Make it a habit to put laundry in hampers, shoes in closed closets, and trash containers inside cabinets. If thereís no room for the trash beneath the kitchen or bathroom sink, buy containers with locking lids. Avoid small decorative trash cans, which are just the right size for an inquisitive Teacup Yorkie Puppy to stick his nose into and pull out such shreddable treasures as envelopes and used tissues. Put small trash cans on top of your dresser or bathroom counter.
Secure heavy items that could fall on your Teacup Yorkie Puppy. Remind family members to pick up toys, clothes, remote controls, eyeglasses, and briefcases. Take up throw rugs, and put plants out of reach. Donít leave the ends of toilet paper hanging down. Everything is fodder for the Teacup Yorkie Puppy chewing machine.
Dog-proofing your home is more than just keeping things picked up. You need to look at things from a dogís eye view. In each room, get down on your hands and knees so you can see what your pup sees. Doesnít the carving on that table leg look interesting? And look at all those cords underneath the desk where the kids do their homework.
Tape down cords for lamps and electronic equipment. Wrap the cords and bind them with plastic cable ties, (available at electronics stores), or coat them with Bitter Apple or another unappetizing substance, such as hot sauce or a solution of cayenne pepper mixed with water. You can also try covering cords in aluminum foil. Many dogs donít enjoy biting down on the silvery wrap. Avoid wrapping frayed cords with aluminum foil, as it could serve as a conductor for electricity. If cords are frayed, itís best to replace them anyway. They arenít safe, even without a Teacup Yorkie Puppy around.
If your Teacup Yorkie Puppy shows interest in chewing on walls or furniture legs, coat the attractive area with a nasty-tasting substance, such as Bitter Apple, citronella oil, or hot sauce. (Apply it first in an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesnít harm the finish.) Not every dog finds these concoctions unpleasant; some even seem to think they just add to the flavor. Theyíre worth a try, however.
Forget the idea of giving your Teacup Yorkie Puppy old socks or shoes to chew on. She canít tell the difference between those and your good shoes and socks, so donít run the risk of confusing her.
If thereís a room in your home thatís not safe for a curious dog, keep it off limits with a baby gate or other barrier. Be sure the pup canít stick her head through the gate and get stuck. If baby gates donít work for your situation, close doors or keep the Teacup Yorkie Puppy leashed at your side.
Find one room in your home that can be a place where your Teacup Yorkie Puppy can go freely. This is usually a kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom. Be sure to stock this room with several approved toys. Even in a ďsafeĒ room, however, your pup may take it into her head to nibble on the baseboards, cabinets, or wall. For repairs, keep cans of paint and spackling handy but out of reach.
The most important step in avoiding chewing disasters is, well, preventing them. When you canít be around to supervise, confine your dog to the safe room or to a crate, along with a toy to keep her occupied. That way, she canít get into trouble, and you wonít get mad at her.
When a crate is introduced and used correctly, itís a kind, effective way to keep a Teacup Yorkie Puppy or dog out of harmís way. Help the Teacup Yorkie Puppy feel at home in her crate by feeding her in it, and never use crate time as a means of punishment. If you take these steps, your dog will feel safe in her cozy denówhich should be just large enough for her to lie down, stand up, and turn around inóand your belongings will be protected from the depredations of sharp Teacup Yorkie Puppy teeth.