How to Stop Dog Chewing

How to Stop Dog Chewing
written by: estherkinyua
For those who have acquired a new dog or puppy, or have been keeping a dog for some time, dog chewing can cause untold horror and inconvenience. This habit, by man’s best friend, can leave a trail of destruction and drive even the best of us up the wall. Fortunately, there are some useful tips that can be applied to curb this habit and make us live in bliss with our loved pet dogs.

Dog proofing
Dog proofing our homes is highly effective in curbing dog chewing. Dogs and puppies, especially newly acquired ones love to explore new surroundings-often due to curiosity or anxiety. Therefore if places such as cabinets are easily accessible to them they will waste no time in trying to chew everything they can find. This may include dangerous chemicals like house hold cleaners. To dog proof the house, one needs to ensure the doors to the cabinets are locked or secured in other ways-including using appropriate improvisation. Other steps include tucking away hanging wires and improving general neatness by picking up clothes and other home debris. Dogs are like little children and it helps to keep things out of sight to avoid mischief.

Avoid using household items as toys
Sometimes one can give a pet dog puppy some disused item to play with. Later the pet owner will come back and find out that the dog has chewed up favorite items like socks. This leads to some pet owners shouting or even hitting the dog. As a dog owner you should, at all costs, avoid giving the dog house hold items to play with. Giving household items to play with is setting up for failure and heartache. This is because a dog will not differentiate between useful discarded and items-and will chew your favorite socks the same way as the old ones you gave him to chew on.

Buy Dog toysBuying plenty of dog toys from the pet store to play with ensures the dog keeps off household items. This ensures that the puppy or dog is fully occupied and will therefore not run around looking for things to chew and tear up. Dogs like babies or small children kids need toys to keep them happy and stay out of trouble. Therefore when buying children toys remember to buy dog toys as well

Using the above methods, a dog owner is guaranteed of preventing dog chewing and keeping their loved pets happy.

Video Source: Zak George’s Dog Training rEvolution

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