Just like humans when at the baby stage, dogs use their mouths chewing on things in order to learn more about the environment. It’s a stage that most if not all puppies go through as it’s also a necessary stage, especially during the teething period. But chewing can develop into a habit which can be carried even through adulthood. This can be a disaster when it happens so in this blog, we’ll be learning some tips on how you can keep your stuff free from dog bites and marks so read on to learn more!
Chewing: Why Do They Do It?
A dog chews stuff when they need to entertain themselves. It can also happen when they’re trying to cope up or warn themselves or other members of the family. Each of these reasons must be addressed separately before your dog stops chewing.
During the puppy stage, chewing serves as a form of play which helps little pooches to learn and explore more about the world in which they live in. Puppies learn not to bite that hard when they are playing with their littermates. If the playmate nips too hard, the other pup will yelp giving a signal that the bite went too far. But chewing on your stuff is a different story since there’s no yelping to stop the behavior. Often times, puppies do this to soothe the pains caused by teething.
As your pooch grows up, he’ll be able to learn which stuff is for chewing and which ones are not. However, it is not always the case. Chewing even in the adult stage is caused by two reasons. First, your dog might be bored and there are not enough toys to keep him entertained. Next is separation anxiety where dogs get a little nervous and anxious in the absence of their masters and start chewing away.
There are also times that your dog might feel pain and he doesn’t any other way of relieving the pain aside from chewing. Your dog will do this to distract himself and forget about the pain. If they want to be pet, dogs may also chew on your hand lightly in order to get your attention.
Lastly, your dog might have little to no knowledge at all at what is right and wrong and which items he can chew and which ones he should not. If as a puppy they’ve been left to chew on shoes, they’ll grow up thinking of shoes as toys. If you gave them a piece of plank wood, they might think that cabinets and wooden chairs can be chewed on as well.
The above-mentioned scenarios are possible reasons why your dog is fond of chewing on stuff. Thankfully these reasons can be stopped or prevented and that’s what we’ll discuss next.
How To Stop Your Dog From Chewing On Stuff
There are several ways on how to stop your dog from chewing. Below are a few of them which you can adopt as you train your dog to stop doing this nasty habit:
1. The first solution is very simple. You just need to make sure that your dog is getting enough exercise and has plenty of toys to play with when he gets bored. A dog that’s worn out will behave better and not chew on things even when he’s alone. In case they feel like chewing something, there are plenty of toys that they can choose from. Doing this will help lessen your dog’s nasty behavior of chewing on the important stuff that you have at home.
2. The next step is quite obvious. You’ll need to ensure that your dwelling is dog or puppy proof. Don’t leave objects like shoes, magazines, books, wires and much other stuff within your dog’s reach. If all these stuff is out of your dog’s reach, they’ll easily survive any chewing attack and that’s going to give you peace of mind especially when you need to be out from home for a while.
3. Another method that’s popular because of how easy it’s done is by using sprays and repellents that smell really bad. These products will make any important stuff smell bad and even taste bad making your dog avoid them before any chewing happens. This trick is effective in reaching your pooch which things he can chew and which things he should not.
However, if your dog still won’t stop chewing even after the above methods are applied, it’s a sign that your pet is having a separation anxiety. At this stage, you will need to seek help from a professional trainer or consult a veterinarian to know more about the things that you can do to help your furry friend.
Chewing is a bothersome and sometimes stressing habit of dogs but doesn’t hurt them or do violence on them. Find the reasons why your pet is behaving that way and solve it from there. Did you have the same chewing problem in your pooch before? How were you able to eliminate it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.