My Dog Chews Everything!

Happy Dog Chewing Cone

Happy Dog Chewing Cone

Regardless of the breed of your dog, the sex of your dog and the age of your dog-all dogs chew. It is a natural thing for them to do. Chewing becomes concern if the dog chews in such a way that its health is compromised or it interferes with his loving owners property such as chewing on items that are not his own, destroying the home or its furnishings or puting it’s life in jeopardy by chewing inedible objects-Pica.

Chewing is normal behavior for curious puppies who may be teething, but adult dogs may engage in destructive chewing for any number of reasons. In order to deal with the behavior, you must first determine why your dog is chewing.

Sooner or later every dog parent finds  damage inflicted by r her dog.  One of their favorite ways to take in new information is to put their mouths to work. Fortunately, chewing activity can be directed onto appropriate items so your dog isn’t destroying items you value or jeopardizing his own safety. Until he’s learned what he can and can’t chew, however, it’s your responsibility to manage the situation as much as possible, so he doesn’t have the opportunity to chew on unacceptable objects.

Take responsibility for your own belongings: If you don’t want it in your dog’s mouth, don’t make it available. Keep clothing, shoes, books, trash, eyeglasses, and remote control devices out of your dog’s reach.

Don’t confuse your dog by offering him shoes and socks as toys and then expecting him to distinguish between his shoe and yours. Your dog’s toys should be clearly distinguishable from household goods.

Until he learns the house rules, confine him when you’re unable to keep an eye on him. Choose a “safe place” that’s dog-proof, and provide fresh water and “safe” toys. If your dog is crate trained, you may also place him in his crate for short periods of time.

HOW TO DECREASE DESTRUCTIVE CHEWING

There are many ways to reduce your dogs energy so that her need to chew is reduced.  Play with your dog daily in a safe, fenced-in area. Playing fetch is a great way to use up your dog’s excess energy without wearing you out.  Go for a walk. Walks should be more than just “bathroom time.” On-leash walks are important opportunities for you and your dog to be together. Don’t forget to allow time for sniffing, exploring, instruction, and praise.   Consider a good “doggie day care” program for two or three days a week to help your dog work off some of her excess energy.

Increase your dog’s opportunities for mental stimulation. Teach your dog a few commands or tricks and practice them daily. Take a dog training class; not only are they fun, but such classes teach commands important for your dog’s safety and give you and your dog time to work toward a common goal.

Provide your dog with lots of toys.  Rotate your dog’s toys to refresh his interest in them. “New” toys are always more interesting than old ones.  Try different kinds of toys, but when you introduce a new toy, keep an eye on your dog to make sure he won’t tear it up and ingest the pieces.

Consider the various types of toys that can be stuffed with food. Putting tidbits of food inside chew toys helps your dog focus on these toys rather than on unacceptable objects.

Make your dog’s favorite “off-limits” chew objects unattractive to him by covering them with heavy plastic, aluminum foil, hot pepper sauce, or a commercial “anti-chew” product.


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