How To Stop Your New Dog From Chewing

Is your new puppy or dog chewing everything it comes in contact with? Studies show that one of the main reason dogs chew things is because they are bored. Below are some simple suggestions from Stephen Dent on how to stop their chewing.

Puppies

Many puppies are prone to chewing and simply need time to mature. The best way to keep them from chewing up your home while you are away is to crate them. Crate training is not cruel and when approached correctly, puppies come to view their crate as their own cozy private space. Introduce the crate slowly and have the puppy sleep in the crate near your bed at night so he gets comfortable in there. When you leave, go ahead and put some chew toys in the crate for them to play with, but make sure not to place items in the crate that a puppy can choke on.

Older Dogs

When you adopt an older dog, crate training is far more difficult. When crated and left alone, some street-smart dogs panic to the extent that they urinate on themselves or pant so much that they soak themselves in slobber. The last thing that a dog owner wants is to traumatize his pet. So most people choose not to crate train an older dog for chewing.

Instead, you may want to gate the dog in a room, and make sure that your dog has an assortment of easy-to-access toys. Chewing behaviors often result from boredom so if you leave the house, set out a basket that your dog can access and fill it with rawhide chews, bones, tennis balls, and sturdy rope toys that he can’t destroy. Never leave an unattended dog that is prone to chewing with toys that have squeakers or stuffed toys. A dog can quickly remove the squeaker and could potentially choke on it. Dogs who chew also can quickly destroy stuffed animal toys and leave a stuffing mess all over your house.

Many dogs that chew simply need time to learn the rules and figure out what is and isn’t acceptable. Patience is a virtue when your new dog or puppy is a chewer!