How Do You Stop A Dog From Chewing
What to Do If Your Puppy (or Adult Dog) Is Chewing Everything
When it comes to bringing a new puppy into the family, one thing most new pet parents aren’t always prepared for is when the puppy starts chewing on everything. Those who have adopted an adult dog who is constantly chewing are in the same boat.
A new pet can be especially annoying if he or she decides to chew on things like your shoes, furniture, or other things in your home as his or her own chew toys.
By focusing your attention on eliminating inappropriate chewing opportunities, being consistent, and providing appropriate dog toys, you can help your dog or puppy find appropriate chewing outlets.
Here are eight ways pet parents can deal with out-of-control chewing habits in their dogs or puppies.
1. Pay close attention.
Keep an eye on your puppy or dog, just as you would with a human baby, to protect him from his own curiosity and desire to put everything in his mouth and chew on it.
2. Keep the situation under control.
It’s best to keep your dog confined if you have to leave him alone. Use a dog crate or, if your puppy is unable to be crated, section off a small room in your home with dog gates for a longer period of time or for a short period of time (such as a trip to the grocery store). This will help him stay on track with potty training by limiting his access to things he doesn’t want to chew on.
Keep in mind that puppies only have a certain amount of “hold time.” Your puppy’s age in months roughly translates to how long he can be crated; for example, a three-month-old puppy can be crated for about three hours.
When puppies are alone and bored, they start chewing on things. Uncontained puppies can get into a lot of trouble or even injure themselves because they don’t discriminate when it comes to what they chew.
Except for puppy chew toys that have been specifically chosen for their age-appropriateness, the area where you confine your puppy must be free of objects that he can chew on.
3. Don’t forget to leave your scent behind.
If you’re leaving your dog for an extended period of time, rolling his favorite toy or nylon bone between your hands will help him relax by transferring your scent.
It’s also important to avoid an emotional goodbye so that your puppy doesn’t have anxiety (separation anxiety), which can lead to whining, barking, and other destructive behavior when you leave.
Many puppy owners have discovered that leaving the radio on low (with calm, soothing music playing in the background) can help to calm an anxious puppy.
4. Remove anything that a dog could chew on.
All things that your dog can get into his mouth must be put away. A diligent dog can even reach things that appear to be out of reach.
Shoes, children’s toys (especially small toys that your puppy could choke on), articles of clothing (especially socks and underwear), plastic bags, trash bins, medicine containers, wallets and purses, supplements, plants—basically anything.
Never let a dog go into the bathroom unattended, as there are many dangerous things he could get into, such as cleaning products. There are also objects in there that you don’t want to be chewed up and strewn about the house. This includes items commonly found in the trash can, as well as toilet paper rolls.
You should also store valuable objects such as jewelry in a secure location that a dog cannot access, such as a closed closet, dresser drawer, or cabinet.
5. Select your dog’s toys carefully.
Only purchase dog chew toys that have been created with the safety of your dog in mind.
Many dog plush toys contain pieces that can fall off or be chewed off, posing a choking risk. It might be necessary to take your dog to the emergency vet if your dog eats one of these toys.
Nylon bones are excellent because they are long-lasting, safe, and do not harm the teeth.
Make sure your dog’s rubber toys can’t be shredded into pieces that he can swallow. These can cause choking hazards or upset the intestines.
Make sure you get your enthusiastic chewer a toy that is both age-appropriate and durable. Also, if a toy begins to fall apart or becomes large enough to be swallowed, it should be replaced immediately.
6. Interrupt the conversation, then divert it.
When you notice your dog chewing on something that isn’t appropriate for him to chew on, interrupt him and redirect his attention to something that is. Reward your dog for chewing on the correct object.
7. Do not allow your dog to chew on old shoes or socks.
Inadvertently, you’re teaching him that it’s OK for him to chew on shoes and socks. One of your favorite or most expensive shoes will become a dog toy at some point.
Your dog won’t be able to tell which chewable items are off-limits and which are intended for him.
8. Make it a habit to exercise every day.
Every day, give your dog age-and breed-appropriate exercise to keep him from becoming bored. It also allows him to keep some of his energy.
Boredom and a high level of energy are two of the most common causes of destructive puppy chewing.