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How To Stop A Dog From Chewing

Aug 17, 2007
Most normal dogs will bite and chew. While you cannot completely erase this behavior, you can regulate it and influence the dog's behavior. To control your dogs' chewing behavior, you should know why he chews or bites. Chewing habits can you unnecessary inconveniences because your dog may chew your socks, shoes, books, money etc. Chewing not only harms your household possessions, but it can affect your dog's health too because he may chew items like electrical wires or pointed objects.

Reason of chewing
Usually dog's chew when they are teething. Teething causes irritation based on what the dog chews. When the growing teeth pierce your dog's gums, it causes an unusual feeling and is a painful experience. To overcome this pain, the dog will chew anything. Your dog may also develop food habits due to chewing. Psychologically, dogs chew to relieve stress and anxiety.

Benefits of chewing
Chewing does result in the release of endorphins, body chemicals that can help calm your dog down. Chewing also removes plaque from your dog's gums and teeth, making them healthier and strong.

Tips to stop your dog's chewing
*Do not let your dog chew on things by keeping them out of his reach. Allowing your dog to chew old things will not help you in any way because it encourages the behavior. In addition, chewing old things also encourages him to chew other objects, possibly new ones, later on.

*Provide chew toys to your puppy to keep him away from the things you don't want him to chew. You should also keep his sleeping and playing areas clear of anything you do not want him to chew. Chew toys are healthier and helps keep your dog's teeth strong, clean and free of plaque. You should be creative when training your dog not to chew. One solution is to use hollow chew toys and fill it with your dog's favorite treat as reward.

*Do not try to take anything away from your dog that he is chewing because he may hurt you.

*Place his chew toys directly in front of him to introduce them to him and encourage him to chew on them.

*Praise your dog whenever he chews the "right" thing like his chew toys. This helps your dog differentiate between he things he can chew and those he cannot.

*Use crate training to control your dog's chewing habits. Whenever your dog is alone in the house, you should leave him in crate to prevent him from chewing anything other than his chew toys.

*Keep things you do not want your dog to chew out of his reach.

*Vary your dog's choice of chew toys. Like people dogs do get bored with the same toys. Therefore, keep a variety of chew toys for him.

*Prevent your dog from chewing your furniture by using anti-chew spray. This spray sends out a strong smell but is not harmful to your dog. Talk more to your veterinarian about these sprays if you cannot keep out things you do not want the dog to chew out of his reach.
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Terence Young - For more dog obedience and training tips and ideas visit: http://www.obediencedoggytraining.com
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