Dogs are adorable creatures we love with all our hearts, but one thing’s for sure; they sure like to chew!
It is annoying when you constantly have to watch them and chase them around the house, yelling “no!”. As they attack your belongings and furniture.
Whether they are puppies or adult dogs, your stuff will never be safe unless you occupy them with something else.
Chewing will not only cost you a few bucks. But it can also be dangerous for your dog as they get into trash or electrical wiring.
In this blog post, we’ll look closely at why dogs chew and what we can do about it.
Why Dogs Chew?
Puppies and dogs tend to chew for different reasons. Puppies chew because they are teething, somewhat similar to a human infant. Their teeth are developing and itching, and they chew to relieve the discomfort.
The chewing might be a passing phase (if you’re lucky!), or it could be a bad habit that is here to stay. So you should nip it in the bud while you can.
Adult dogs are a whole different ballgame, though. Dogs chew for different reasons, the most common reasons being anxiety, boredom, excess energy, and stress.
The most common form of anxiety is separation anxiety, and many dogs have this to a certain degree. Dogs are social animals that are unhappy when they are kept away from their humans, especially for long periods.
In addition, if your dog is crated while you are gone, boredom and anxiety might cause him to attack the crate.
Destructive chewing can also be exhibited by a high-energy dog that isn’t getting enough exercise. It’s not just humans who benefit from exercise – dogs need it too! A lack of physical activity can lead to weight gain, joint pain, and other health problems in dogs.
That’s why ensuring that our furry friends get plenty of exercises is important. Taking them for a walk or playing fetch are great ways to give them the necessary activity.
An under-exercised dog can display other signs such as incessant and excessive barking, digging, chasing its tail, and other strange behaviors that simply aren’t healthy.
How To Stop Chewing
To prevent your dog from chewing the house, make sure you have plenty of chew toys and dental sticks in your doggy arsenal. If you stop your dog from chewing on your stuff, you should keep some “approved-to-chew” toys on hand!
To illustrate what unacceptable behavior is, they will need to know some basic commands like “drop it” and “leave it.”
If you notice your dog chewing, you can redirect that behavior by saying “no,”. Taking the object away from them, and replacing it with a chew toy.
When your dog changes his or her attention to the chew toy or treat. Make sure you praise them a lot and reward them for their good behavior to reinforce the desired behavior.
Dog Proof Your House
Correcting your dog when you can watch them is one thing, but keeping your home (and your dog!) safe is another. To have your dog safely roaming in your home while you are out. Ensure that your home is dog-proof to prevent your dog from having a serious accident.
Keeping things out of reach that your pooch may chew on is important if your pup tends to chew things he shouldn’t.
Don’t let your pup enter doors you don’t want him to enter. Place valuable objects out of reach. Dogs can chew anything they can, including laundry. So make sure it is put away or put in a basket they cannot reach.
Ensure all your trash is placed in a sealed bin so your dog cannot access it. A major reason for veterinary visits is food toxicity.
Make sure everything is elevated off the floor and placed on counters your dog cannot reach.
Chewing is a natural behavior for puppies that can continue way into adulthood. You’ll need to figure out the reasons for chewing. If it is indeed a destructive one, as many dogs simply find pleasure in it! Good luck!