Chewing Frenzy – Why It Happens and What To Do About It!

April 24th, 2008 by Dan

Have you ever come home to complete and mass destruction caused by your dog deciding that his favorite activity for that day would be chewing up everything he could possibly think of? Couch cushions, books, remote controls, shoes and table legs -all innocent victims of what seems like his senseless massacre. Blood rushes to your head and you want to explode, but before you do – take a second and remember that chewing is, unfortunately, a very normal behavior for dogs. It is pleasant for them and provides entertainment. When you allow your dog too much freedom in your home, do not provide enough exercise, or if he is bored, inappropriate chewing is one of the behavioral issues that can occur.

Some breeds are more prone to intense chewing than others: American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Siberian Huskies, Labrador Retrievers as well as many Spaniels and Hounds. Athletic dogs that were bred for working purposes often partake in this behavior in a more intense way than other breeds.

Flat Coated Retriever Chewing Chair

Photo by dlinv

Scolding your dog for the mess after the fact does no good – he really doesn’t have any idea what you are yelling at him about – we promise! In fact, chewing can be induced by stress so your yelling can actually make his chewing habit worse! If you catch your dog or puppy in the act of chewing on something that he shouldn’t, replace it with an appropriate toy and praise him when he starts to chew on that object.

Chewing can be prevented by confining your dog to a puppy proofed space with some safe, appropriate toys to play with (and chew on!). We highly recommend the “Kong Time” for interactive stimulation if you are going to be out for more than a few hours. Crate training is the most effective way to prevent your dog from placing his mouth on items he should not! It will keep your items safe and prevent your pup from ingesting anything that could be dangerous to him as well.

Boxer Puppy Safely Chews In His Crate

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