A dog training question that I am asked quite frequently by dog owners is “how to stop dogs from chewing?”. I can only answer that it is a common and natural behavior for dogs to chew on things. You don’t want dogs to stop chewing altogether, because believe it or not, it is actually good for them to chew as it helps to keep their teeth and gums healthy and clean. You just want to stop dogs from chewing on everything they see.
- Chewing Furniture:
Chewing can be a great problem if your dog chooses to chew on the wrong objects. It is important that your dog is aware of the difference between appropriate and inappropriate objects to chew on. This is extremely important for the health of your dog and your sanity. It would not do either of you much good if you were to find him chewing on the leg of your Queen Ann table.
A lot of money and heartache can be saved by learning how to stop dogs from chewing furniture.
- Good Options:
It is important to ensure that your dog has an ample supply of suitable objects to chew on. Chewing on suitable objects is good for your dog and it is your responsibility, as the dog owner, to ensure that they are provided with such objects.
It is beneficial to ensure that your dog has a suitable assortment of chew toys available which will satisfy his need to chew without destroying something that is of importance to you.
Having appropriate substitutions will ensure that your dog is willing to exchange with you. Having appropriate substitutions will also stop dogs from chewing the wrong things.
For example, he will happily give you back your slipper in exchange for a chew toy. Being able to provide your dog with alternative items is a good way to make him understand what appropriate chewing object are and what are not.
- Obedience Basis:
Just as it is with any bad behavior, establishing a good foundation of obedience training is the perfect way to correct the problem. This will allow you to communicate with your dog and ensure that he understands that you are in charge.
Communicating with your dogs to stop chewing inappropriate objects helps to establish your control. Once this communication has been established, you will find it much easier to deal with certain behavioral problems.
- Dangers of Chewing:
You can find it extremely expensive if your dog enjoys chewing on inappropriate objects in the home. However, this is not the only reason to ensure that you make it a priority to put a stop to that behavior.
Your dog needs boundaries when it comes to chewing, otherwise, he could end up having a fatal accident when chewing on something that is dangerous for him. By teaching dogs to stop chewing everything they come across will ensure their safety and even save their life.
There are numerous objects around the house that are extremely dangerous to any dog when he chews on them. Electrical wires and cleaning products are possibly the most hazardous for dogs who haphazardly chew.
However, they are not the only dangerous things around the home. For this reason, it is imperative that your dog is trained to understand what he can and cannot chew.
- Tailoring the Solution to the Problem:
Addressing behavioral problems is the key to ensuring that you and your dog live a long and happy relationship together. As with numerous behavioral problems, your dog’s inappropriate chewing may have several causes.
It is important that you understand where the behavioral problem is coming from to enable you to amend it. This is the only way that the problem can be approached at the right angle and to ensure rapid and positive results.
Getting dogs to stop chewing furniture and just about everything else they see is not an easy task to accomplish, but it is one that must be addressed.
Article By Guest Author: Tony Reed
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