You know what? Dogs need to chew something. Dog chewing is indeed a canine thing, specially for dogs two years old or less. They might be curious about a specific object, or they might be “teething”, feel bored or simply need to do some kind of exercise.
Chewing problems can also be an indicator of anxiety because they lack physical or mental activity or because of separation anxiety.
To put a stop to dog chewing habit, teach your dog what she can chew and what she can’t chew. Rewarding her with toys and praises is the best way to show him what’s correct.
First, I’d recommend you to keep all things that may be tempting for him out of her reach. That may sound obvious, but I’ve had some problems because I have unconsciously left certain things at my pooch’s reach and … yes, I found out too late.
What Items Do You Need To Eliminate Chewing Habits?
- Many long lasting toys specially designed for chewing, such as rubber toys and bones.Try KONG chewing toys, THE BEST!
- Chewy Oral Hygiene Treats
- Dog Crate (Must Have)
Certain objects, such as tennis balls and rope toys, may be given to puppies, but under strict supervision because dogs may swallow them and seriously affect their health.
How To Prevent Your Pooch From Chewing The Wrong Things?
It is very important for you to understand that your dog is going to feel that strong desire to chew anything he may find in the house.
It is also easy to know which of your belongings you don’t want him to chew, so eliminate that possibility by keeping those items out of her reach.
Pay close attention to each area of your house. You have no idea how many things your dog can destroy, and you can prevent that , just don’t overlook them.
Here’s an example: my Schnauzer “Foxxy” once chew and swallowed some wooden decorations that my wife had made. We had left them on the table thinking that “Foxxy” would not be able to reach that high because of her size.
The result? She suffered from pancreatitis and was hospitalized for a whole week ( she almost died) and YES, it cost me $1,000 (and I almost died, when I saw the bill). We have quite a few personal experiences we could share with you, but I’m sure you understand what I mean.
Check out for everything inside the house and make sure you hide it from your dog because it’s a matter of life or death for her … and your POCKET.
Remember, your house must be dog proof at all times. Block the access to all the rooms and other areas which you may consider dangerous. You may use dog gates, they are excellent.
Now, let’s say that you can’t supervise your dog because you’ll be away from home for a short period of time. In that case, you may use the crate to keep him under control while you’re away.
Teaching Your Dog What She Should Chew
Using Positive Reinforcement you can teach your dog what items he can chew.
- Give your puppy some toys for her to chew and play with.
- To keep him interested in his toys, you may use those you can fill up with treats or peanut butter. This is an excellent way to keep your friend busy.
- When your puppy is busy with his toys, play with her and tell her “Good girl!” By doing so you are encouraging desired behavior.
- Take your dog out on his daily walk. Physical and mental activities will help him burn some calories and he will be relaxed and happy at all times, you will tell the difference right quick.
- If you catch your puppy with one of your belongings in her mouth, call her over and offer her one of her toys. Never try to chase her around to recover your thing because she might think that you are playing with her, and will repeat that behavior in a near future, just for fun.
- Treat Toys are excellent to keep your dog busy because he will spend time trying to find the treats within the toy.
- Exercise your dog daily so she doesn’t develop destructive behaviors, that’s also very important.
- Your dog should not chew socks or shoes you don’t wear anymore. If you let her do that, next time she’ll be chewing your “new suede shoes”. They can’t tell the difference between old and new, you know.
- Your dog will not associate the damage she’s done with your anger; therefore, do not yell at her or punish her. That could only spoil the relationship between the two of you.
- Use Taste Deterrents on furniture legs , wall corners, trim work, baseboards, etc… so that the experience of chewing off-limit areas becomes an unpleasant one. That will gradually make her change his mind.
- TEST your dog to break the law. Leave one of your shoes, or any other object you don’t want your dog to chew, accessible to hr. When you catch her in the act, tell her No!or Off!
- Keep your hellos and goodbyes casual. Do not greet your dog when you get home as if you haven’t seen her for years; and never say good-bye, as if you were never going to see her again. That would make him feel over-excited, and the next time you leave, she will become anxious.
I’d like to emphasize that one of the most common reasons for chewing problems is boredom and anxiety. When your dog spends lots of time alone, she WILL start chewing something.
Dogs need daily mind stimulating exercise and activities.