Chewing is a natural dog behaviour but can be a problem for dog parents. Puppies explore the world by picking things up and putting them in their mouths. They need to chew while their new teeth are coming through and their gums are sore.
Like human babies, they are trying to find ways to soothe the pain and discomfort. Providing lots of good quality items like puppy teething sticks, puppy freezer rings and Kong's is a good idea. Chewing is important for older dogs as well. It helps relieve stress and releases feel-good endorphins.
Busy dogs often need a job to do so giving them suitable chew toys may save your furniture and good shoes.
Purchase toys that are an appropriate size for your puppy and manage closely to ensure there is no guarding behaviour around children.