Posted: 07/03/2016 at 08:34
Esther: firstly congratulations on your new hound!
As your training continues and puppy learns the word NO you'll find it easier and easier to stop them from chewing things they shouldn't (same applies in the house!) Don't be scared of disciplining them from an early age; puppies are keen to please their pack and of course need to learn their place.
Some people say that chilli powder helps keep dogs away from certain areas (ours however seems to love the smell and it actually encourages him to dig). But I found when I'm out in the garden (we never leave our dog in the garden unattended) a spray bottle with water is a good distraction when he starts digging where he shouldn't or runs off with the pot I'm trying to plant up. He thinks the spray bottle is a game not a punishment so much so that when we go on a walk on a hot day the bottle comes with us as an easy way to transport water for a drink and cool down!