Stop Your Dog Chewing With Easy Tips
October 17, 2007
photo courtesy of Mark Klotz
Dog chewing is not surprising. The dog is a part of your family and your mammal group also. Thus if human babies chew and drool so do puppies. Dog chewing problems have to be solved in the same way as you would do to a younger member of your family – with love and firmness and not with disgust and anger.
The dog chewing habit might drive you to your wits end. For a live demonstration see the Hollywood classic Beethoven. The joke and love is strained when you come back home to see the leg of your sofa gnawed through, the heel’s of mother’s new shoe broken, father’s socks with gaping holes and all the sleazy news in the fresh morning newspapers cut out.
Every action has a reaction. If dog chewing is the reaction then find out the cause. The simple fact is that puppies have teething problems and also nutritional problems. For routine guidance and tips to stop dog chewing the vet is another good enough guide.
Young adult dogs too are prone to chewing. Unless the situation becomes extremely destructive do not worry. It is all part of the hassles of having a pet or a baby around the house. Take it as payment for the reward of the lick and the wag.
An older dogs chews out of boredom and tension. It is not far removed from the adolescent teenager biting nails. Dogs are very intelligent creatures and when they have nothing better to do chewing is the result. To prevent dog chewing see to it that the dog gets a chance to go out and play. There are special kennels that will give the dog the feel of the wild in this urban zoo.
When a dog chews it is releasing of pent up energy. It is not uncommon to see dogs chewing their own paws. The chewing often leads to damaged doors and furniture, books, files or even few dollars lying around. There are many books and video clippings to tackle the problem.
The first thing is to give the dog separate dog chew toys to play with but do not give your shoes or socks because the dog cannot see the difference between the old shoe and the new one! Next, do not hesitate to say ‘no’ in word, tone and expression. On the positive side reward the dog when it plays around with permitted stuff.
For the brand new puppy keep a safe zone fenced and safe for allowing it to romp and play. This will go a long way in training him to control dog chewing.