How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing
Chewing is relatively normal behavior for puppies -- it’s a natural part of the teething process, but when your puppy or dog turns to your shoes, pillows, or couch it’s now considered destructive chewing. It’s a problem for you and your pup, so here are five ways to stop your dog from doing that -- now.
Dog Proof Your House. When you’re not there, put away items in your house that can be attractive to your furry friend. This means anything they can get their paws on -- magazines, remotes, books, pillows, etcetera.
Encourage Appropriate Chewing. Get her some chew toys and a variety of them so she doesn’t get bored. Rotate them. Watch your pet when she plays to see which types of toys she prefers.
Discourage Inappropriate Chewing. If you catch your pup in the act, make a noise, sharp enough to let her know, no, that’s not okay, but not to frighten her...and refocus her attention on one of those fun and exciting chew toys you bought her earlier.
Keep Your Dog Active. More often than not, your dog is chewing because he isn’t getting enough exercise. It’s simple logic, really -- a dog who is tired won’t destroy your property as much as a dog that’s full of energy. Go for a long walk with your dog or play a healthy game of fetch with your dog. Letting your dog out in the backyard or a ten-minute slow game of fetch won’t cut it.
Use Chew Deterrent Spray. Spray it on items you can’t hide from your fur baby like furniture or carpet. Hopefully, your dog will be appalled enough by the bitter taste of the spray to never chew on your couch again.
Keep in mind, this type of behavior usually starts when a puppy is teething. If it’s not corrected right away, it can become a permanent problem even after their adult teeth come in. That doesn’t mean you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. So follow these steps and hopefully your dog will stop chewing. Good luck!