– Stop Your Dog From Chewing
Chewing is a common problem that dog owners often have to deal with.
When your puppy first arrives home, everything is great, and he’s just a big ball of cuteness, but then – one day, you find that Mr. Puppy has chewed your favorite pair of slippers to pieces.
Not cool. As annoying as chewing can be, you have to remember that this behavior is completely normal for young dogs; they use the act of chewing to relieve teething pain, and to explore their surroundings.
This is the same as you’ll see babies doing, but unfortunately, your pup has much sharper teeth! Even though this behavior is normal, it doesn’t mean that you have to put up with your shoes and furniture being destroyed – all in the name of puppy happiness!
Instead, there are some easy ways to stop the chewing, and redirect your puppy’s energy elsewhere! OLDER DOGS We’ve all heard the phrase “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” well, as luck would have it; you can! If your older dog has just taken up the destructive hobby of chewing, or you’ve rescued an older dog with this bad habit already ingrained, then you first need to figure out why the behavior is taking place.
Separation anxiety is one of the biggest causes of chewing in older dogs. As incredibly sociable creatures, dogs often find it stressful to be left alone, and can get worked up into an emotional frenzy – the output of that energy often being destructive chewing.
Boredom is the second biggest cause, and as luck would have it, this is the easiest to fix! Most common in high energy breeds such as Malinois and Border Collies, finding a better output for your dog’s energy will stop the chewing and has some additional benefits, including strengthening your bond and improving obedience.
We’ve put together our top 5 tips to stop your puppy or older dog from chewing for good! 1. Rule Out Serious Pain Ruling out any medical issue is the first step on your journey to a chew free household.
Take your dog along to the vet, or doggie dentist for a quick check up, and let them know about the chewing problem; they might see an issue that can be quickly rectified.
1. Dog Proof Your House None of us want to worry about our possessions being destroyed, and often the easiest way to prevent this; especially during the training stage – is to keep everything that you can out of reach. Having one designated dog safe room might be your easiest option!
1. Provide Plenty of Chew Toys If your dog has an affinity for chewing, then chances are that it’s just something that he enjoys doing.
Picking up a few chew toys is a great output for all of that chewing energy, and can even improve dental health! BONUS – An exercise that you can do with your dog to teach him that only chew toys are for chewing; is to place a few chew toys on the ground, along with a few unchewable items.
Then sit patiently and send your dog to get a toy, if he retrieves a chew toy you should praise him readily, but if he retrieves an unchewable, then take it from him and replace onto the floor.
1. Use Up His Energy Is your dog suffering from lack of exercise? Why not increase his daily walks, and take him outside to play for thirty minutes in the morning before work? This will use up a lot of his energy, and when you leave for work, he’ll be in a calm, and relaxed state – as opposed to full of energy and wanting to play.
1. Positive Reinforcement Remember, even though it’s frustrating when your dog chews up your stuff, you shouldn’t use negativity to train him. Positive reinforcement is the most humane and effective training tool in your arsenal!
Step 2 – House Training Accidents happen, sure. But, wouldn’t it be easier if they didn’t? House training your dog requires work, patience, and time in the beginning, but the hassle, and cleaning that it saves you in the long term is well worth it!
FEEDING ROUTINE Did you know that it’s pretty easy to guess when your pup has got to go based on when you last fed him?!
A puppy’s digestive tract is so efficient; you can pretty much guarantee that he’ll need to go anytime from five to thirty minutes after being fed! …….