Dog Chewing: The Most Common Causes, Signs and Solutions
We’ve all heard the saying, “a chewer is a ruined dog.” But is it true? Puppy chewers are actually happy when they chew on your stuff. I know you love your dog, but you’re probably fed up with puppy chewers. If a dog chews everything from couch cushions to shoes, it’s because he’s bored. He needs to be given something to do, or else he’s going to turn into a destructive ruminating animal. And no one wants that, right? What you need is effective puppy training, which includes reliable methods like the “puppy biting” method, which is a very effective way to stop puppy chewers.
Why Do Dogs Chew?
This has to be one of the most repeated questions we get here at YDP: “My puppy chomps on everything in sight! What can I do to stop her?” Unfortunately, there is no short answer. Puppies do it for the same reason they poop on the floor. They do it because it’s fun. When dogs are puppies, they experience a lot of stress. This stress allows their body to release hormones that stimulate their appetite. So if your puppy is anxious about something, he’s going to go get some reassurance, and he’s going to need it bad. Chew on everything! Chew on the linoleum. Chew on the carpet. Chew on your shoes. If you don’t stop them soon, the dog will just start to specialize in something else.
How to Stop Chewing?
There’s nothing worse than when you walk into your home after work only to find your couch ripped to shreds. We’ve all been there. Fortunately, there is an easy and painless way to stop your dog from chewing. All you have to do is feed a new “trick” to your dog. What is the Puppy Biting Tricks Method? First, your dog should be introduced to an “ice cube” or a ball. This is just a fun treat that your dog is allowed to eat. Next, your dog should be given a piece of clothing and have to eat the bit of material. If your dog doesn’t want to eat the sweater or the carpet, he’s not supposed to. Repeat this process until your dog doesn’t want to chew anything. After that, your dog can start eating everything he wants. Is This Necessary?
Managing Your Dog’s Time to Prevent Chewing
If you give your puppy a few minutes to chew on his chew toy, he can get into a steady routine of destroying stuff he shouldn’t be chewing on. If you spend 10 minutes feeding him treats or giving him treats after he eats, he’s in a good mood and can do his damage a bit easier. Here’s what to do. First, feed your puppy while he’s out in the yard for a while. That way, he’ll have plenty of time to chill out and have fun. Then when it’s time to feed him, put the treat in a piece of cheese and put it in a small toy like a squeaker or a knotted plastic rope toy. Put the toy in his mouth and give it a quick tug. Your pup should stop chewing on the toy after a couple seconds. If he doesn’t, take the toy away and continue to tug.
Inside With You on Leash
There’s no need to spend hours working with your dog on an obedience or manners class. Instead, you can use a system that works with your dog’s temperament and personality. A well-designed “inside with you on leash” routine is a great way to teach your puppy to behave in public without putting her in an unpredictable situation. It lets your dog learn good manners and good habits on his own terms, without getting caught in a situation with other dogs or excited children. A puppy who can behave nicely in a public space has much better chances of finding a good home in the future. How Do I Start This Puppy Chewing Solution? Start by doing a simple “inside with you on leash” routine with your dog.
Outside With You on Leash.
In order to have any kind of chance against a puppy chewer, you’re going to need some leverage and training techniques. The best way to achieve leverage and control is to teach the dog that being outside on a leash is more fun than being inside with you on the couch. Once he gets the idea that being outside is more fun than being inside with you on the couch, you’ll be able to safely leash him up and he’ll be able to wander around outside without you having to worry about him being a destructive chew monster. Keep Puppy in a Room. Another technique for the “puppy chewing” problem is to create a crate for your dog to use. If he’s going to be the type to chew anything, he might as well learn to keep himself busy while in a confined space. This is the perfect way to curb puppy chewing.
When You Can’t Be With Your Dog, They Go in a Crate.
Let me introduce you to the puppy biting method. It’s all about allowing the dog to feel a small amount of discomfort when he’s chewing something like furniture or even people. If a dog chews the furniture, he should be allowed to feel it first, so he gets bored with it. After a few times of the furniture, the dog knows it’s not an option anymore. The good thing about the puppy biting method is that it works if you follow the three-step process. 1. Reinforce the command “leave it.” This first step involves a short and simple training session to reinforce the puppy biting command. After the training session, you need to wait until your dog is less than 10-inches away from your favorite couch or shoe, and you need to command him to “leave it.
Provide a Fun Environment
Puppies are on the hunt for a chew toy, but they can’t find anything in the house. So they usually find the one in the yard or the sandbox. But if you have the door to the yard or sandbox closed, it’s going to be challenging to get the chew toy in. If you don’t have a sandbox, you can always get a jump-roping hoop or even a stack of bricks. If you need to spend some money, you can also buy a huge wading pool with toys in it for your dog to play in. When you have an old cloth grocery bag, you can cover the ends of the hoop with it and make a jump-roping hoop for your dog. Fully Close All Doors Another option is to keep all the doors to the outside closed, and take all the windows out of the house.
Exercise Your Puppy
Your puppy needs to be put through a consistent regimen of exercise, not only to stay healthy, but to keep his energy level up and his brain stimulated. You can’t play fetch with him every day. That’s like asking a kid to sit at a desk all day. You need to build his exercise routines around his energy level. Let him out for a play session after a long, hard walk, or an easy walk for an hour and then play ball for a while, or some other really energy-building activity. Get your dog involved by engaging him in play when you’re working in the garden. This will give you a chance to work with him without him getting bored. You can use toys for this, or you can train your dog to play with you. Playtime is really a great way to keep your dog’s energy up and stimulate his brain.