One of the biggest complaints a lot of dog owners have is that their pet chews up items in their house. So, let’s talk a bit about training a dog to stop chewing. Since chewin’ is a natural thing for dogs to do it can sometimes be hard to stop, especially if ya don’t have experience in this area. Each dog is different in what they like to gnaw on things. For example, some dogs chew one specific thing like shoes and others will chew anything they can get their mouth on. This sounds like my sister Brandi! She’s still just a pup, but she’s managed to chew ’bout everything ’round here! No matter what your dog is chewin’ up, it is important to put an end to it as quickly as possible.
The first thing to understand about training a dog to stop chewing is chewin’ just comes natural to em. So, ya got to let em chew somethin’ and just stop the unwanted chewin’. Each breed has a different need for chewin’ so ya gotta make sure to have chew toys your dog likes available for him as much as possible. Oh, and make sure to get only chew toys which are designed for the size of dog you have. If ya don’t, it can become a choking hazard for him!
Once you’ve got your dog some toys which he is supposed to chew on, it’s time to start the process of trainin’ him to only chew these toys. One thing that many dog owners don’t realize is that dogs will chew when they are bored and full of energy. With this in mind, the single most effective thing any dog owner can do to eliminate unwanted chewin’ is to make sure your dog is gettin’ enough exercise. Them pups sure need a lotta exercisin’! Ya got to let burn that energy off somewhere. We go out and play chase with each other. We wrestle, run and chase till our tongues are hangin’ out 🙂 We love our puppy playtime! After all that runnin’ and playin’, we are ready to come in for a nice long nap!
Don’t get me wrong! Exercise’n em can’t stop all chewing’, however, and it’s still important to teach your dog that chewin’ on things other than chew toys is not acceptable. The main thing in stoppin’ this behavior is ya gotta catch em in the act! Dogs are unable to associate discipline with what they did unless it happens immediately. So, if ya are met with a chewed up shoe when you get home from work, don’t discipline the dog. By then, it’s too late. They won’t understand why you are gettin’ on to em.
When you see your dog chewing on something he is not supposed to it’s important to act immediately and consistently. When you see your dog chewin’ a shoe, immediately discipline your dog and take the shoe away. There are a lot of effective discipline options you can use from includin’ stern words, physical touch (not hitting, just a firm touch). For us older ones stern words is good enough. She sometimes puts her hand on our back when she is sayin’ ‘no’ or ‘bad’. It kinda gets our attention better. We don’t like when my Lady gets on to us and just the word ‘NO’ hurts Maggie’s feelin’s real bad.
But, that Ozzy and Brandi are stubborn ones! I know they are only 6 months, but WOOF at the stuff they can find to chew up! That brings up another point. They have been goin’ through some teething and they really need those chew toys. They can’t help it their mouths hurt! So, when my Lady catches em chewin’ something they shouldn’t, she takes that away and gives em one of their toys. That helps em know what they can chew on.
Findin’ the discipline that works best for your dog may take some trial and error. Remember, each of us furbabies has a different personality.
If you’re gonna be there to watch over your dog, it is important to put the shoe or item back in a place where he can get it. Ya have to give your dog the opportunity to chew the item again, so you can repeat the discipline process. Repetition is VERY important for any type of dog trainin’.
If ya can’t be there to watch em, ya have to remove the item and only leave the allowed chew toys for em. This means that if you’re gonna be out of the house for a while, or sleepin’, or just in another room, you need to make sure your dog does’t have access to anything they’re not supposed to chew. The easiest way to do this is to have your dog crate trained so you can lock him up while your away. Dogs love their crates once they are trained and it is an essential tool for properly trainin’ your dog.