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How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing Everything

How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing Everything

Well, if you are a dog owner, you would know that it is easier to teach your dog how to sit, but equally difficult to let his mouth off the things at your place! This article will help you with some effective tips of how to stop your dog from chewing everything by giving you an insight into your dog's needs and behavior. Read on...
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I always wanted to have a dog who obeys what I say, sits when I ask him to sit, fetch when I ask him to fetch, get newspaper from the gate in the morning... and the list goes on and on! I finally convinced my mother and got a dalmatian pup. But I was shocked with the fact that all she (the pup) could do was chew on each and everything present in the house. I mean I knew that dogs like to chew on things, but she seemed to be so obsessed with chewing that it seemed that her sole purpose of existence was to ruin everything around. Slippers was her favorite. I would be polite and ask her to leave them. The more I tried to pull them from her mouth, the more tightly she would gnaw on them. Name any item in the house and she has had her teeth imprinted on them, from sofa sets, to the carpet, to my novels, to the crockery. It was heights when she actually got her teeth on my favorite novel. That was it! I decided I had to do something about it!

Why Do Dogs Chew Everything?

After destroying all my favorite set of things, I was repenting my decision to get this dog in my house, yes it was not family, it was a dog now! I mean my friends had dogs as well, they were nice, they would not run around the house and ruin everything, they would not chew down on their favorite novels, then why did God had to send this devil dog to me? I decided to make things better. I would be honest with you that the thought of giving away the dog did enter my mind. But then this ego or self respect thingy crossed my mind. At that moment I thought how my mother would react to it saying, "I told you that getting a dog isn't a good idea, but you didn't listen, now see!" I decided, I can't give away the dog, so I will have to teach it some discipline. When I shifted my attention from the damage the dog has done, I started thinking clearly. My first concern was, why does my dog act as if God has send him to chew, chew and only chew? So, I did my research and found out that my dog wasn't the only possessed by the devil, I guess this is the case with most of the dogs, including the ones that you are planning to get! The reason why dog's chew is because,
  • The teething, which usually happens in pups and young dogs. Their teeth are growing and tearing through the gums which makes them feel uncomfortable and makes their gums sore.
  • Another reason for why dog's chew on things is because of boredom. If your dog doesn't have a company to have fun with, then what other choice does it have?
  • As we like to get familiar with the surroundings around us, even the dog wants to explore their surroundings. Like we use our hands to touch, feel and understand things, dogs use their mouth and teeth. It is their way of knowing as to what is appealing, what tastes good, what tastes bad, what is fun and what is not!
After understanding things from my dog's point of view, I could still manage to gulp the fact that my things are destroyed because of my lack of understanding. I mean the same things apply to babies right? They take everything and put it in their mouth, they want to explore and which is why they end up tearing important papers or playing with their food. Even pups are like small babies. You need to help them understand what is good and what is not. Here is how you can do that!

Prevent Your Dog From Chewing Random Things

Stopping your dog from chewing on everything, requires a lot of patience, supervision, and attention. Remember, the only reason why your dog is chewing on everything that is coming his way is because he wants to know what it is. Or may be because he is teething and the chewing helps him feel better. So the first and foremost step would be to know the reason. Give him a lot of time. Make sure you play a lot with your dog and spend some quality time everyday to train him. If you think teething or some dental problem could be the reason behind his chewing, then you must consult your vet as soon as possible. Nevertheless, mentioned below are some effective tips on how to stop your dog from chewing on wood, shoes, furniture books and everything that comes its way.

Get him Toys to Chew On!
Get him lots of chewable toys from the store. These toys are specially designed to cater to their chewing needs when they are teething or just for having some 'dog fun'! There are specialized dog toys for aggressive chewers like hard bones, rubber toys, etc., that can divert their attention from your regular stuff.

Don't Give Him the Old Stuff
Do not give him your old socks or shoes to chew on as he won't be able to distinguish the new and the old. He would just recognize your scent and will end up chewing on anything that seems appealing to him, even your brand new shoes!

Keep Things out of His Reach!
Keep things out of the dog's way. It is as simple as that. Imagine if you were a dog and wanted to go out and explore your new house, and you see shoes lying on the way that smell so appealing, there are socks, slippers, books, tasty wooden furniture, wouldn't you want to chew on them all? So store all your chewable things properly and keep them out of the dog's way. Just give him plenty of toys to chew on, nothing else.

What About the Furniture?
I mean you can't pick up the sofa and the table and store it in the closet, can you? Well, there is a way to stop your dog from chewing on those things as well. Get a bitter tasting spray, which could be a bitter apple spray, vinegar spray, or even alcohol. First, test it on a safe spot on the furniture if it causes damage to the finishing. Once you are sure it's OK, go ahead and apply this spray on the furniture so that every time your dog puts his mouth on it, the bitter taste prevents him from going further.

Be Polite and Appreciative
Ok, what would you do if your dog gets hold of your favorite slipper and won't just let it go. Would you scold your dog, or pull the slipper from his mouth? Well, pulling things didn't really go well with my dog as the more I pulled, the more he would tighten the grip. So, I applied the barter system! Now every time my dog manages to get a hold on my slippers, I just go inside, get her chewable toy, probably rub it with some peanut butter and offer it to her. The moment the peanut butter attracts her, she drops the slippers and I say, 'Thank you baby!'

See, if you really want to help your dog becoming more disciplined and not being a devil chewing on your things, then make sure that you spend a lot of time with it so that it has other things to do rather than going sniffing around the house and chewing on stuff. Secondly, you need to train your dog by always presenting chewable toys only when your dog feels like chewing...which would be all the time for the first 9 months. Remember that the chewing problem is due to teething. Thirdly, you need to praise the dog and give him treats when he let goes of your items, and chews on the toy that you have got for him. Never punish your dog or scold him rudely as that will make the dog more anxious and make him act adversely. So be very patient with your dog, spend a lot of time playing with it, and give him a lot of toys to chew on to make things interesting for him. It is only the initial months that would require a little work and commitment, and as it grows up, it will be the perfect friend that you always wanted your dog to be.