4 Tips to Stop Destructive Chewing

September 29, 2022

4 Tips to Stop Destructive Chewing

Has your dog been chewing on your furniture, your shoes, and other personal objects around the house? Read on to learn about four steps you can take to stop your dog from inappropriate chewing.

 

Chewing Substitutes

If your dog wants to chew, then give him plenty of other objects he's allowed to chew on. For example, moose antlers or rawhides are some great ideas and are safer for your dog to chew on. However, make sure to supervise and remove any small pieces that come off to prevent your dog from choking on them. Aside from that, there are also tons of good chew toys that can satisfy your dog's urge to chew. From hard rubber toys to ropes, the options are endless. Especially if your dog is still a pup, they will need plenty of toys to chew on to help them teethe. In this way, your dog will less likely go for your expensive furniture or shoes to test their teeth on.

 

Exercise

Another great method to stop your dog from destructive chewing is to make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. When your dog gets enough exercise, they are less likely to become destructive when they are at home. This is because they've used up most of their energy and are more likely to rest or sleep. When your dog has too much pent up energy from lack of exercise, they are likely to use it up in the house and cause whatever mayhem to use up that energy. So make sure to have a set schedule, ideally first thing in the morning, to take your dog out for some exercise.

Dog Zone

If the above methods aren't working as well as you'd like, you can also try to fence off certain areas of the house when you are not home. Make sure to keep items that you don't want chewed on away from that section of the house. If you're only away for a short time, you can opt to place your dog in a crate. Since most dogs view their crate as their den, they are usually happy to sleep in it until you return. However, don't leave your dog in it for more than a few hours.

 

Soothing Treats

Could the destructive chewing be caused by some stress or anxiety while you are away or due to other external factors such as noise from fireworks, construction, thunder, and so forth? Another option is to give them soothing treats that can help promote calmness. One of our favorites is Petaxin Calm + Comfort Aid which combines a soothing, natural blend of L-Tryptophan, Hemp Seed Oil, and various calming herbs to help calm and relax your hyperactive or stressed canine.





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