Once you have cleared the house of low level items the best that you can and you have a good selection of quality toys, your Poodle may still need a bit of encouragement to chew on them.
Here are some tips:
1) Puppies love new objects. Therefore, one trick that works well is to have 2 groups of toys…always keeping 1 available and 1 hidden. Every week, you can switch out the toys and most puppies will be very happy to have “new” toys to play with. Do keep in mind that any toy that your pup has seemed to become very fond of, should not be put away and should always be available.
2) If your Poodle is reluctant to play with toys, you can encourage him by making up games such as “Find”.
This is a simple game that engages a pup to “Find” a toy that you clearly allow him to let you see tucking it away under a cushion or behind a door. You then give the “Find” command and pat the floor to help lead the way.
Offer great praise when he “finds” the toy. Cluing in on their owner’s tone and actions, a pup will believe that he has truly found something special. Chew toys should always bring a positive association.
3) There are, of course, some objects that must be on ground level and this is where one of the most important command words comes into play: “No”. However, for chewing issues, this should be followed by a trade. What does this mean? When you see that your puppy
is chewing on something inappropriate, say “No” in a firm voice and then offer a toy to your Poodle. When he accepts the toy, give great praise to teach your pup that chewing on the toy is what makes you proud of him.
Sometimes, a puppy can be stubborn, and this is where you must not be shy. If you say “No” in a firm voice and he or she just keeps on chewing away on the corner of your new couch… give the command in a quick, loud manner. Many times this may startle a puppy – this is acceptable. This means that you have captured his attention and can now offer the trade and give him the chew toy.
4) If a Poodle has a strong attachment to chewing on something like the leg of a chair that cannot be removed and trades do not work, you can spray some apple-bitter spray or other chew-deterrent on the object.