Both puppies and adult dogs love to chew. It helps puppies deal with teething pain while it helps older pups combat boredom and relieve stress. But how do you teach your dog what to chew and what not to chew? We’ve got your guide.
To start, why is your dog chewing? Are they a puppy? Are they bored? Do they suffer from separation anxiety? Are they craving attention?
Once you understand where your dog is coming from, you can effectively combat the problem.
With puppies, make sure that no valuable or off-limit items are in their reach. And remember, puppies can get into anything. Put shoes and clothes away, hide electrical wires, and make sure to lock all the low cabinets.
Make sure not to confuse them by offering them household items like socks or shoes. Ensure you clearly define what is acceptable to chew and what isn’t. They won’t be able to distinguish between a chew-approved sock and a non-chew approved sock.
And, supervise your puppy until they are able to learn all the house rules. Unsupervised pups tend to get into more trouble than those who are supervised. Try adding a “safe place” in your house that is dog proof. That way, your dog will have a safe space where they can play without any chance of getting into trouble!
Spend some quality time with your pup – both as a puppy and as an adult. Dogs tend to resort to chewing on non-approved items because they are bored or too energetic. Make sure to go on plenty of walks, play fetch in the backyard, and take trips to the dog park to keep them both mentally and physically stimulated.
Make your dog toy-obsessed by using their own toys to feed them. Try filling a Kong toy with kibble or even adding a tennis ball to their food bowl.
And to teach your dog how to give up an inappropriate toy, offer them a treat in exchange for it. This is also a great way to teach your dog the command “give.” The command will be their cue to give you the object in exchange for a treat.
For furniture, try spraying a taste deterrent to make it unappealing to them. This may not deter every chewer, but it may help.
And, don’t chase your pup if they have an object in their mouth. They’ll think you are playing with them and essentially getting what they want. Instead, call them and offer them a treat.
But whatever you do, don’t punish your dog for chewing something they shouldn’t be chewing. That will only teach them to fear you. This is especially true if you found them after they chewed something they shouldn’t. They will associate the punishment with what they are doing at that exact moment.
Now for those approved chew toys! Some of the best chew toys are Kong balls – which also allow you to stuff some peanut butter or cheese inside – as well as durable plush toys and treats. Instead of purchasing them separately, why not get the Power Chewers Box from PupJoy?
The Power Chewers Box features all-natural treats, hearty chews, and ultra-durable toys that can withstand even the toughest pups. Learn more about Power Chewers here.