Stop the destruction
How to stop a dog from chewing
It is absolutely normal for puppies to chew things. This is their way to explore new things, almost as human babies use their hands to investigate the world around them or a new toy. As they grow their puppy teeth will gradually be replaced with more durable permanent ones. This process is quite painful, as their gums are constantly irritated and chewing will help relieve some of the discomfort.
Very frequently during teething a dog might develop inappropriate chewing habits and if not corrected it can become a very annoying routine. Most owners will start to hate it, especially if their four-legged friends begin to destroy furniture or clothing items like shoes or underwear.
Here are some tips of what you can do if you see that your pup is starting to bite a lot of things:
- First of all, you have to rule out any medical conditions. Nutritional deficiencies, which may be caused either by a restricted diet or by intestinal parasites, may lead to a disease called “pica”. This type of illness can alsobe found in humans and it causes the patient to crave substances that have no or very little nutritional value. Also, some gastrointestinal issues may provoke nausea, which may trigger chewing as a simple coping mechanism. Because of these reasons it is very important for you to visit the veterinarian if you notice a change in your puppy’s behavior.
- Dog proof your house. You should first look around your house for any object that may harm your furry friend. Chemicals, poisonous substances, toxic plant or sharp objects are better to be left out of your dog’s reach. Also, try not to leave anything valuable, like jewelry or watches, in places that a dog can grasp. You could even build something like a pen, using products from our website, and leave your dog there while you are gone, in order to be certain he will not destroy your whole house.
- Encourage appropriate chewing, by providing your dog with toys and inedible chew bones. Each dog will have their own preference as to what they prefer to munch on, so when choosing toys, you should pay attention to pick a type that he enjoys chewing and continue to offer that same kind every time. You should also be careful regarding the rawhide or beef bones that you give your dog. Some of them may break in smaller pieces, which can be swallowed and could end up becoming blocked in the esophagus, so you should only give these types of treats only under supervision. Avoid as much as you can chicken bones, because they can crack in sharp fragments, which may puncture the gastrointestinal tract.
- Discourage inappropriate chewing by taking away any unsuitable object that he may much on and by scolding him. Also, if you see that he shows interest in a specific item, try moving it out of your dog’s sight and direct his attention to an appropriate chewing toy.
By following these simple tips, your dog will become a good boy in no time. All you need is to pay attention to the environment that he lives in and to be patient with him. With some dedication on your part, your friend will soon get rid of his inappropriate chewing habits.