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Dog Chewing Problems: Why They Chew & How To Stop Them

Dog Chewing Problems: Why They Chew & How To Stop Them

Dogs chew on things, especially when they are puppies. But when does it become a problem and are there any additional concerns when they behave this way? Here, our White Hall vets talk about chewing problems in dogs and how to stop a dog from chewing on things they shouldn't.

What are the causes of dog chewing problems?

While sometimes they chew on things we don't want them to, puppies use chewing as a way of discovering the world around them. Chewing can also be a way for puppies to relieve teething pain and for adult dogs to keep their jaws strong and teeth clean.

So while finding your dog or puppy chewing on something may be normal in many cases, there could be situations when their chewing has become a destructive behavior. Here are some of the most common reasons behind dogs chewing on things they shouldn't:

Your Dog is Feeling Anxious

Many dogs find being left at home alone anxiety-inducing. Chewing may be a way for your dog to comfort himself in your absence.

They Are Relieving Boredom

If you leave your dog alone or don't provide an adequate amount of stimulation then your dog may turn to less ideal methods of entertainment. This means that they may resort to chewing on any interesting objects that they find around your house as a way of passing time.

You Have a Puppy That is Teething

Just like human babies, puppies will go through a period of teething when they are young. Chewing is how your new puppy will relieve any pain that they are experiencing with teething. If you are concerned about this you can always schedule a visit for a dental examination with the vet.

They're Finding Themselves Hungry

If your dog is lacking any vitamins or vital nutrients in their diet. If your dog is experiencing this, they will likely look for objects that smell like food to chew on.

How to Stop a Dog From Chewing

When trying to prevent your dog from destructive chewing, it is essential to start by identifying the cause and eliminating any of the problems listed above. the second step will be to direct your dog's chewing to objects that are safe for them to chew on.

Provide Your Dog With Lots of Opportunities For Exercise

Providing your dog with the recommended amount of exercise for their breed is a foolproof way to ensure that they are happy and tired out. Making sure that your pooch gets plenty of exercise before you leave the house is one of the best ways to curb destructive chewing. High-energy breeds such as border collies, German shepherds, Brittany, and Springer spaniels need at least two hours of exercise every day, while more laid-back breeds such as Pomeranians, pugs, and shih tzus often do well with as little as 40 minutes of exercise daily.

Make Sure That They Are Entertained & Stimulated

To prevent your dog from feeling bored when you leave the house and to ensure that they enjoy themselves, you should leave them with a form of entertainment. When you leave, provide a puzzle toy stuffed with food, and a variety of fun, special toys that your dog only gets to play with while you are away (to retain the novelty).

Providing your pooch with lots of interesting toys will not only create a positive association with alone time, but it will also serve as a distraction from the objects that you don't want your dog to chew on.

Thoroughly Dog Proof Your Home

If your dog has a habit of chewing on things that they really shouldn't be then you should be sure to put everything up and out of their reach. 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.

How can you stop a dog from chewing on everything?

When your dog begins to chew on something they shouldn't be you should firmly say no (without yelling) and offer them something that they can chew on. You should then provide lots of praise when your dog chews on that instead. If none of the suggestions above are successful in stopping your dog's destructive chewing, you may want to try spraying any objects you don't want your dog to chew with a dog deterrent spray. 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog chewing on everything they shouldn't even after you give them toys and lots of exercise? Please contact our White Hall vets today for a consultation.

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