Many dog owners have had to deal with coming home and discovering that your doggy friend has chewed on something she wasn’t supposed to have.
For puppies, chewing is a normal part of the teething process. When adult dog chew, they often do it out of boredom or stress.
When your dog repeated engages in inappropriate chewing, it can be very frustrating as well as destructive to your property. It can also lead to medical problems and hurt the bond with your dog.
In this post, we look at steps you can take to stop your dog from chewing things that they shouldn’t and correct the behavior.
How to get your dog to stop inappropriate chewing
- Puppy-proof your home
- Rule out medical issues
- Make sure it’s not separation anxiety
- Encourage them to use a chew toy
- Discourage inappropriate chewing
- Use a dog chewing deterrent
- Give them plenty of exercise
Puppy-proof your home
Make sure you remove items out of the reach of your dog that could be harmful. Start with electrical cords and household chemicals. Move on to your shoes, socks and kids toys that could be too tempting while your dog is still learning good behaviors.
Rule out medical issues
Make sure that your dog does not have any medical problems which could lead to inappropriate chewing. Nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal problems, and parasites can trigger chewing as a coping mechanism for your dog. Make an appointment with your veterinarian to rule out underlying medical conditions that can lead to chewing.
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Make sure it’s not separation anxiety
Sometimes excessive chewing can be a symptom of separation anxiety. If you believe this could be the cause, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
Encourage them to use a chew toy
You will need to encourage your dog to redirect their behavior to appropriate objects like chew toys. Every dog has their own preferences for what kind of toys they like, so you may need to try a few different types of toys before you find the right kind for your dog.
Discourage inappropriate chewing
If you catch your dog chewing on something they shouldn’t be, you need to correct the behavior right away. Immediately take the object away and scold them. Direct their attention to one of their new chew toys and heap on the praise when they chew on it. Your dog will learn what objects are his and which are not.
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Use a dog chewing deterrent
You may need to purchase dog chew deterrent spray from your local pet store. You can use this on things your dog likes to chew on that you just can’t hide, such as the leg of a chair. One bite and your dog will hopefully decide he doesn’t want to chew that anymore.
Give them plenty of exercise
Make sure that you spend plenty of time playing and exercising with your dog. If you don’t already, schedule a regular play time. You need to try and use up all that energy that your dog might be putting into chewing behaviors. A tired dog doesn’t have the energy to misbehave.
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More related sources:
5 steps to correct inappropriate dog chewing – Cesar’s Way
How To Stop Dogs From Destructive Chewing – Dog Time
How to Stop a Dog from Chewing – American Kennel Club
Chewing: How to Stop Your Dog’s Gnawing Problem – Humane Society
Tips for How to Stop Dogs and Puppies from Chewing – Pet MD