Chewing is a behavior that takes place in response to brushing and/or teething and is a normal dog behavior. For those of you who have chewers, you know the damage your canine friends can do. Before you bring a puppy into your home, make sure your home is puppy proof. And also get yourself trained on how to get your puppy to stop chewing furniture!
Anxiety may manifest itself through chewing the wrong things, such as your shoes or furniture. This is frequently due to a combination of genetics and environment.
For example, a rescued dog may exhibit deep-seated anxiety issues due to being rescued. Environmentally, dogs that have been kept in small spaces and have had little human contact may become anxious and chewing the wrong things.
Just as many purebred dogs have a tendency toward anxiety because of their breeding, they may exhibit a behavior that is genetically transmitted.
If you are finding your pet is using your home as her own personal chewing den, here are a few tips that you can make use of to make her “go away” with her chewing habit.
First, understand why she chews. This understanding will change how you go about fixing the problem. Find out what factors contributing to your puppy’s chewing problems. A possible reason is that she is trying to ease any uncomfortable feelings she might have.
Most pet experts would suggest that a dog’s best defense against chewing of inappropriate objects is the availability of something that she can chew on.
By allowing her to explore any old object, you are telling her, “Here is your chew toy.” If you don’t want your pet going after your favorite pair of shoes, don’t leave them with her. If you don’t want your pet chewing on the leg of your dining room table, don’t leave her in the dining room with you.
Take control of the situation: Dogs chew for many reasons, not just because they are bored or just in need of something to chew on. Find out what’s causing your puppy to chew? Maybe she just gets her new teeth grows recently?
Watch out for sign when she is going to chew on something, As soon as she gives you this warning, interrupt her and give her a toy that she is allowed to chew. Remember, you have to be patient and keep doing this for a while. She will eventually get the idea that she is not allowed to chew on anything but her toys.
As for her chewing toys, get those which are for meant for chewing, with no detachable parts. When you see her starts to rip or tear her new toy, tell her “No” and swap it for another. Using harsher scents on the new toy will deter her from chewing it. An ideal solution is to have a number of available toys that can be placed in the dog’s mouth.
Destructive chewing can be caused by boredom or loneliness. Spend some time each day by giving your puppy few minutes to wander about the house. If you notice that she is getting bored, give her a few minutes of exercise and then place her in a confined area such as a kennel, a bathroom, or a small room.
Remember to let your puppy out of her confined area (I would suggest to use a crate
as you can place it at an area that you can easily keep an eye on) after an hour or so. Prolong confinement may cause your puppy to experience separation anxiety that can lead to inappropriate chewing.
Exercise, exercise, exercise! Being your puppy for a walk or going for a run not only helps curb boredom, but is also an effective way for her to explore the world. This is a great way to avoid destructive chewing in the first place.
Trained your puppy to obey – “leave it” command. Use the command if you would like her to steer clear of any forbidden object. This tells your dog that her behavior is unacceptable. We can’t expect our dogs to read our minds, so we must be consistent with our commands.
If chewing is a problem for your puppy, take prompt steps to stop this behavior. The more time she spends in chewing, the more challenge for you to make her stop this action as it becomes an routine for her.
Remember that dogs learn best with positive training. When your puppy chews on her toy, make her understand she is doing the right thing. When she starts chewing your furniture, you can provide her with other chewing toy.
Spend some time each day to play with your puppy as she will get anxious and destructive from boredom. You may already have plenty of toys for her but try to keep her company, observe her behavior and make whatever actions required to prevent her chewing habits. Eventually, your dog will seek out other ways of playing (apart from chewing) and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.
If you must leave your puppy alone while you are at work, try to have a neighbor check on her periodically or keep her in a doggie-free area of your home. Provide her with plenty of dog toys to keep her entertained.
It would not be a surprise that you may be unknowing teaching your puppy that it is okay to chew your possessions or furniture. Remove these temptation from your dog’s view whenever you can. Ensure that she had plenty of her own toys to chew. If this is not possible, confine her to a dog-proofed area of your home.
Remember that you won’t stop your puppy from chewing your stuff over night. It takes time and patience. You need to be consistent with her so they understand the “rules”.