Chewing on stuff is your dog's way of exploring the world around them. Chewing can also be a way for puppies to relieve teething pain and for grown dogs to keep their jaws strong and teeth clean. Read on to learn about why your dogs chews and ways to prevent it.
Why is my dog chewing?
If your dog spends extended periods of time alone without mental stimulation they can quickly become bored and may resort to chewing on any interesting objects that they find around your house as a way of passing time.
Stress & Anxiety
Our furry friends are social creatures at heart and many pets suffer from separation anxiety when their pet parents are away. Dogs experiencing anxiety or stress will chew as a way to comfort themselves.
All puppies go through a teething period just like human babies. While your puppy is teething they will chew in order to relieve their pain and discomfort.
Dogs on calorie-restricted diets begin chewing on objects in an effort to find other sources of nutrition.
How do I stop my dog from chewing?
Start by identifying the cause and eliminating any of the problems listed above. Next focus on redirecting your dog's chewing to more desirable objects, such as chew toys.
Try training your dog to associate alone time with positive experiences. When you leave, provide a puzzle toy stuffed with food, and a variety of toys that your fur baby only gets to play with while you are away. Providing your pup with lots of toys creates a positive association with alone time.
Adequate daily exercise is the key to a happy and contented pup. Most dogs require 60 minutes of exercise a day. Making sure that your pooch gets plenty of exercise before you leave the house is one of the best ways to prevent unwanted behavior. High energy breeds need at least two hours of exercise every day.
Place valuable objects out of reach, make sure your laundry is put away or in a closed hamper, and ensure that books and children's toys are stored out of your dog's reach.
Discourage Unwanted Chewing
When you find your dog chewing on an item they shouldn't be, say "no," take it away, and replace it with a chew toy. Be sure to provide lots of praise when your dog chews on the toy instead.