Why Would a Dog Chew on Things?
Dogs are really a wonderful
thing to have around. Not only do they provide us with
companionship and love, sometimes they're silly antics can keep us
in stitches. One thing, however, that a dog can do that is not
funny at all is to chew on things. There are many different reasons
that a dog might chew. Figuring out why your dog is doing it in the
first place is the first step to take when you're trying to correct
the problem. Here are some of the reasons and some suggestions on
how to get them to stop.
The first thing is to
determine whether your dog is chewing because they are teething.
It's no secret that babies, when they are cutting their teeth, like
to chew on something cold in order to relieve the pressure. The
same is true with a puppy that is teething. They will chew anything
and everything just to stop their teeth from hurting. The best
thing to do in this situation is to get them a teething toy and to
keep them out of reach of other things when you're not around.
Another reason that many
dogs chew on things is because they have nothing better to do. If
your dog has to stay home for long periods of time by itself it will
get bored. You will need to do one of two things in order to
correct the situation. You need to find something for them to do.
It could be finding them a special toy to play with or possibly
finding some way for them to get companionship during the day. This
should alleviate the boredom problem immediately. Another thing
that many people find is needed when their dog is at home alone is a
crate. Some people consider this cruel, but a dog that is crate
trained will not only go into the crate on command, it will be its
own little comfort zone and will go there on its own.
If your dog likes to chew on
personal items, such as shoes or socks, then this might be for
another reason. Although it could be doing it this because it is
bored it might also be a behavioral response showing that they are
part of the pack with you. They would chew on these personal items
because they contain your scent. You either need to keep these
items out of reach or teach your dog not to chew on them. One
effective way of training them not to chew on these items is to make
them unpleasant by putting sour tasting oil on them or perhaps
cayenne pepper. You would also never want to give your dog
something that mimics one of these items to play with. For example,
if your dog has a problem with chewing on shoes do not give them an
old shoe to chew one. This does not solve the problem, it
reinforces the behavior.
Getting to the root of your
dogs chewing problem may take some time. You will also need to be
persistent in your training and very patient with your dog as they
learn not to chew on things.