Chewing is a natural instinctive process for dogs. They use their mouths to explore things the same way that we use our hands. Instead, though, they will taste things and start to gnaw on them. The problems begin when they start chewing the wrong things and become destructive.
There is nothing worse than coming home to find that your dog has chewed through your precious and personal items in the house. Worse, it can be dangerous for the dog if he swallows some of the items or chews electric cables.
Reasons dogs chew
– Chewing helps when puppies are teething
– Your dog may be bored
– It’s instinctive for dogs to chew
– Your dog is anxious because he’s left alone or in a strange environment
– It could be a medical issue.
Once you find out the reason your dog is chewing, then you can try to resolve the problem.
How to redirect destructive chewing
Puppies will grow out of the chewing stage, so make sure they can’t get to things in the meantime.
There are many types of chew toys on the market, and you can give these to your dog to play with if he’s bored or simply needs something to chew to keep him entertained.
Make sure he has plenty of exercise to keep him from having a lot of pent-up energy, which can lead to stress and boredom.
Always put the things you don’t want destroyed out of reach of your dog.
If you have to leave your dog in the house when you go out, then make sure that the dog is somewhere where he can’t get into things or put him in a dog crate.
Some dogs do suffer from separation anxiety, which can lead to destructive chewing; it may be wise to ask your veterinarian for advice.
There are bad tasting spray repellents on the market that can help deter your dog from chewing the wrong things.
There is no point in chastising your dog for chewing something after he has already chewed it or getting angry with him, as he won’t be able to understand why you are angry with him. You have to catch him in the act to make him realize that he has done wrong. At that point, there is no point in losing your temper. You can say a firm ‘NO’ and substitute a dog chew toy for whatever he was chewing, and then give him positive reinforcement when he chews on the dog toy.
The key to overcoming dog chewing is that you need to be consistent; eventually, you will be able to stop this destructive and annoying habit.