Do you need to stop dog chewing in your home? Dogs naturally bite things. It doesn’t matter what the thing is. They just naturally bite. Dogs and chewing go together.
Puppies bite to teethe because, just like babies, they have teeth growing in and their gums are sore. Sometimes that biting just becomes a habit. Dog chewing can also occur from boredom and/or anxiety.
Of course, most of us don’t like the idea of dogs chewing on everything in the house. My dogs used to. My dad would get mad at them, but your dog or puppy doesn’t know that the furniture is a family heirloom or has any meaning at all.
Always remember that they don’t understand. If they did, they wouldn’t do it. It’s like having a baby. They can’t understand what they're doing or how it might hurt you. So don’t get mad at your dog or puppy - that won’t fix anything.
Instead, let's focus on how to prevent dog chewing or how to stop dog chewing in your home.
One of the most helpful ways to stop puppies from biting is to buy some dog chew toys.
Every time you see them biting something they shouldn't, move their
head away and give them that toy. This won’t work right away; it will
take a week or two of nonstop training. This isn’t hard to do, but it
takes a bit of time.
There are a variety of toys or objects you can use to keep your dog from chewing inappropriate things. The most effective ones that I have found are bones. Real meat bones are the best, but toy bones made from other materials work also. Another effective toy is a Frisbee. Any brand will do.
The key to successfully stop dog chewing is not to give your dog just anything to chew, but to give them a different texture than the material in your furnishings. They will get the idea that wood or cloth is not good, but rubber or plastic is ok.
Providing your dog with enough opportunity for exercise helps also. This alleviates boredom, frustration, and anxiety.
There are other ways to stop dog chewing such as collars and spraying, but I find these a little harsh.
If you are still having trouble after trying the above methods, don't give up. Many puppies will stop on their own around 6 or 7 months of age. You may have to cage your puppy while you're out of the house until the problem is solved completely.
Again, please remember that your dog doesn't understand that they're doing anything wrong. Getting angry at them is not only unfair to them, but won't help solve the problem.
You must also have patience. In my experience, it usually only
takes a couple of weeks to stop dog chewing. However, it can take a
month or longer. Don’t get impatient - this may be one of the toughest behaviors you ever have to teach your dog, but the results will be priceless.