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Preventing Dog Chewing Behavior

Updated on January 28, 2010

Every now and then your dog might display some unsavory chewing behavior that you'd rather have banished from the household. You might arrive home and find that your shoes are destroyed or a particularly beloved towel or patch of carpet has been taken apart.

Whatever has happened, it is likely that your dog's chewing behavior is the result of any number of unwanted situations that you can do something about.

The Steps To Proper Dog Behavior

The first step however is taking steps on your part to stopping it. There is no reason to allow the dog access to your things on a daily basis. Don't leave your shoes or your books lying around in places the dog can reach. If you do, you're only asking for them to climb on the table and tear your things to pieces.

Never offer your dog shoes or socks to play with as toys when they are younger. This only confuses them and when they get older presents shoes as a viable chew toy, the last thing you want. You want your dog to perform healthy chewing behavior, lest they begin destroying your things regularly.

Dog Behavior Caveats

Do not let your dog run loose before he or she is aware of the rules and has been carefully trained. Try and crate train your dog. If that's not possible, place them in an enclosed space with water and dog-safe toys to keep them separate from your things. Not only does it keep your possessions safe, it ensures that your dog knows where they can safely play.

Spend plenty of time with your dog. If you don't play with them exclusively, they will be left to play on their own and develop those bad chewing behaviors without you to tell them otherwise. If you spend the right amount of time with them every day, you can prevent this from happening and keep your house nice and free of dog chewing.

When you catch your dog chewing on your things, don't merely yell at them and chase them away. This might appear as playing for them and only convince them to persist. Instead, make a loud noise and offer them a toy that they are allowed to chew on. If and when they take that toy, praise them excessively to ensure they know that the new toy is good to have.

Pay Attention To Dog Behavior

Don't assume your dog will never chew up your things. It will eventually happen, especially if you decide to move or if a new person enters the household. However, do what you can to curb it when you have an opportunity and make sure that your dog does not get in a habit of chewing things up without proper attention from you.

When a dog is a puppy, they are very prone to teething. However, if they happen to carry that activity into adulthood, you should do what you can to curb it. There is no reason to have deal with chronic chewing dog behavior, regardless of the situation.

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