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Destructive Chewing | The Doggy World

Destructive Chewing

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chewing-main_fullDogs love the act of chewing. Some of them seem to have an instinct to chew, while others start chewing simply because of boredom.

Most dogs have strong jaws and their teeth are very sharp. In a minute, they can chew just about anything. The phrase “destructive chewing” refers to inappropriate chewing, and involves everything that doesn’t belong to the dog.

The dogs chew because they have a natural desire for it. The act of chewing is an outlet for its emotions (nervousness, boredom, loneliness). Underexercised dogs chew as a way of burning up nervous energy and a way to give themselves something to do. You can prevent destructive chewing. Dogs are capable of learning not to chew your stuff.

Here are some tips that, with a little effort, will change problem behavior:

-You have to take control of the situation managing your own possessions. Start by taking everything you don’t want to end up in your dogs mouth and making it unavaiable.

-Common stuff include books, eyewear, clothing, shoes, garbage, and small things like cameras, cell phones, and remote controls. Try not to leave snacks on low tables or countertops. Put all foods into containers. Clean your dirty plates or any food scraps instead of leavind them by the sink.

- Never offer to the dog clothes, shoes or towels to play with. He won’t recognize which ones he supposed to chew (old shoes or new ones.)

- Puppies (under one year) and adolescents (under three year) will chew more often. Buy some toys (two or three) and offer to him, rotating the toys every day. This will make it interesting.

-A lots of supervision is necessary at the beginning. Don’t try to keep him in a crate, or yard for a long time. He will never learn what you expect.

- If you catch him chewing something inappropriate, interrupt him and make a loud noise, like “shhhhh”, and try to make the same noise everytime he chews something that he is not supposed to. That way he will associate the noise with doing something wrong.

The process of learning may take some time. Remember to give him time to learn the rules and don’t forget to take precautions and keep things out of reach until he’s got the hang of the chewing rules.

For more information and tips on dog training techniques and how to deal with dog behavior problems check out Secrets to Dog Training!

 

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