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  • How Can I Stop My Dog from Chewing on Inappropriate Things?

    Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, 12:11 am

    You love your dog, but you may not love some of their annoying habits. While dog training classes can teach them certain commands, sometimes it takes a little more work to get them to stop doing things you dislike, such as chewing on your stuff. While you may feel like you can dismiss some bad behavior because your dog is a puppy, that’s not really going to teach them what’s okay to chew on. Here are a few tips to stop your dog, no matter what their age is, from chewing on items they shouldn’t be.

    Give Them Their Own Toys

    Make sure your dog understands what they’re allowed to chew on by giving them toys that belong to them. Don’t let them chew on something such as a shoe, even if it’s an old one. That tells them that the shoes are a toy. They won’t be able to tell the difference between an old shoe you don’t care about and one that you wear regularly. On the other hand, if you buy them a few chew toys, they will more clearly associate those toys with chewing.

    Keep an Eye on Your Dog

    When you first bring your dog home, you need to keep an eye on them so that you can tell when they’re doing something you don’t want them to do. If your dog has been chewing or showing other inappropriate behavior, you’ll need to do this as well. You may even need to create a space for your dog such as a laundry room or even crate them at times if you’re afraid they’re going to start chewing on everything.

    Play with Your Dog

    Dogs sometimes chew on things out of boredom. If your dog isn’t getting enough exercise or attention, they may start to chew as a sign that they’re not happy. Make sure that your dog gets to go outside, is taken on walks, and is kept entertained.

    Be Responsible

    Finally, you do have to take some responsibility for your dog’s bad chewing behavior if you leave your home a mess. If your dog is chewing on your shoes, don’t leave your shoes out. Keep anything you know your dog will chew on up and out of the way to help them avoid temptation.

    Enrolling in puppy and dog training classes can also help your dog learn what’s appropriate behavior and what is not. The Connected Canine has classes for dogs of all ages. Contact us today to learn more.

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