Why Your Puppy Eats Everything

Let’s get this out of the way first: puppies are cute. They’re so cute that sometimes, when they’re chewing up your shoes or eating something they shouldn’t, you almost want to let them because it’s just so darn adorable. However, puppyhood doesn’t last forever. Puppies grow up into adult dogs who might still chew on stuff (even though they shouldn’t), but eventually, most puppies stop tearing up furniture and swallowing whatever fits in their little mouths.

The world is new and exciting.

When you think about it, the world is a pretty new and exciting place for your puppy. He’s learning and exploring everything he can. He’s figuring out how to interact with his surroundings, he’s learning how to communicate with you, he’s figuring out how to play with his toys (and anything else that moves), and he’s learning how to eat and drink.

That means that everything you own is fair game! That includes your shoes, furniture, pillows…even food! Your pup thinks these things are part of his world now—so why not sample them?

You’re not always watching.

You have to set aside time for your puppy to get used to you being in the room and see what she does on her own. If you’re watching TV, or checking emails, or doing anything else that keeps your attention elsewhere for even a short period of time, then chances are good that she will eat something off-limits during those moments when you aren’t paying attention.

They’re teething.

Puppies go through a teething period that lasts for months as their new adult teeth come in. Teething can make puppies irritable, so they may chew on things to relieve their discomfort. If you don’t want your puppy to eat the furniture or other items, give him some toys that he can chew on instead of having him gnaw on your belongings!

They’re bored.

If your puppy has nothing to do, they will find something to do. Most likely that “something” will be your shoes or the couch cushions. To prevent this, you should always make sure your puppy has plenty of toys and things to keep them busy. You can also try training them in a new trick or command each day to wear them out physically and mentally.

Grass Grazing

Your puppy may be eating grass to help with digestion. After all, puppies are scavengers and have a natural instinct to eat after they’ve eaten. Some experts believe that eating grass helps stimulate the digestive system, while others think that since dogs evolved from wolf ancestors who ate grasses as part of their diets, it makes sense for them to do so today.

Regardless of why your pup is grazing on greenery, know that he or she isn’t doing it to make themselves sick—and you don’t need worry about toxicity from wild plants like dandelions! In fact, if anything happens after your dog gobbles up some blades of freshly cut lawn (or even some compost), it’s probably going to be beneficial rather than harmful.

What age do puppies stop trying to eat everything?

Puppies will begin to stop eating random things around 6 months of age, but they won’t completely stop until they’re 3 or 4 years old. And, while chewing on things might stop a bit earlier than that, there are other destructive behaviors that can continue much longer.

They may not be interested in chewing on your shoes anymore, but they can still easily find something else to destroy if you don’t train them right away – like furniture or shoes!

Possible Pica Problem

If your puppy is trying to eat things that are not typical food, then it could be a sign of a pica problem. Pica is an eating disorder characterized by the consumption of non-food items. The most common types of pica are geophagia (eating soil), coprophagia (eating feces), and rumination (chewing on cud).

If you think your dog might have a pica issue, take note if they’re eating any inedible objects like rocks, hair ties or clothing. If they are leaving the house with something in their mouth—even if it looks like just an empty wrapper—be sure to remove them from the yard immediately to prevent them from ingesting anything dangerous.


It’s normal for puppies to be curious and put stuff in their mouths. They like to explore, and everything is new to them! This includes putting new things in their mouths, including poop. They might also try eating anything they can get their paws on—like grass or toys.

The good news is that this behavior usually goes away as your puppy grows up (though some dogs will still try eating poop when they’re older!).

If you’re still not sure whether your pup is behaving normally or if you have a problem on your hands, err on the side of caution and check in with your vet. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and it will give you peace of mind.