Chewing is an important activity for dogs of all ages as it helps maintain a strong jaw, clean teeth and help relieve teething pain in puppies while also combating boredom. However, excessive chewing can be a sign that your dog is experiencing anxiety and frustration or isn’t mentally or physically stimulated enough.
For those of you with a dog who loves to destructively chew, it’s best to minimise exposure to situations that may make your furry-friend feel nervous or upset, as well as ensuring they have plenty of fun games to play and regular exercise.
For more ideas on how to curb destructive chewing, we’ve rounded up our top 4 tips:
“Dog-proof” your house:
Be sure to keep your valuable objects out of your pup’s reach until you’re confident that they won’t be chewed on. We suggest keeping your shoes and clothes in a closet, dirty laundry in a hamper, and books on shelves.
Provide your pup with plenty of appropriate chew toys:
Be sure to take note of the toys that keep your pup chewing for long periods of time and try to limit their access to them. Rotating or introducing new toys every few days will help ensure your pup doesn’t get bored with the same toys which could make them look elsewhere for things to chew!
Don’t be afraid to offer edible things to chew such as pig ears, rawhide bones, or natural chews:
A very important tip to deter destructive chewing is to help your pup learn the difference between what they should and shouldn’t chew. Offer them a great selection of edible chew toys including pig ears or natural chews. However, it’s best to avoid cooked bones as they may splinter and become a choking hazard.
As a general rule, don’t resort to giving them unwanted or unused household items like old shoes. This will help your pup learn to distinguish what is and isn’t theirs.
Keep them mentally and physically stimulated!
Daily walks, off-leash play with other dogs, tug and fetch games is a great way to achieve this. If, however you have a high energy breed, you may require more stimulation so why not sign up for an agility course or alpha dog training to truly engage both you and your pet?
If you work long hours or need to leave your dog unattended for a long period of time, why not have a good high-energy play session before you leave them alone! That’s sure to tire them out!
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