Dog Chewing | How to Stop a Dog From Chewing


Dog Chewing on the body or feet often indicate allergic reactions in your dog that cause itching and inflammation, sometimes exacerbated when your dog chews the area to the point of creating a moist, infected, furless “hot spot” that requires medical attention.



ALLERGIES Corrective Actions for dogs chewing behaviors:

Schedule a veterinary examination to determine the cause. Allergy resolution may involve special diet, frequent bathing in symptom-easing shampoos, topical treatments, natural remedies, antihistamines, steroids.





Dogs Chewing offers a dog welcome relief from mindless boredom but when the dog chews inappropriate items, valued objects may end up destroyed or power cords and other dangerous objects can cause injury or death.


BOREDOM Corrective Actions:

Provide ample mental and physical exercise through obedience, agility, tricks or other training along with free running in a safe area, swimming, games or other activities. Supply and alternate numerous safe toys such as nylon bones, treat-stuffed rubber toys, treat-dispensing toys, and other doggie boredom breakers. When puppy chews something inappropriate, gently tell him “no” so he knows what you don’t want and trade him an acceptable chew toy. Supervise dog when loose and confine him when unattended in a crate or safe area. Apply bitter doggie taste repellant or chew-proof covers for exposed electrical cords.



Since people usually consider dog chewing a problem behavior, many overlook the fact that dogs of any age greatly enjoy dog chewing as a fun pastime.




FUN Corrective Actions

Supply and alternate various safe doggie chews such as flavored nylon bones, rubber toys, dental cleaning strips and other products designed to satisfy your dog’s natural affinity for dog chewing.

Parasites for dog chewing

Chewing on the body or feet often indicates a nasty parasite invasion that can cause itching, hair loss and skin inflammation which dog chewing can aggravate into forming infected, moist, furless patches called “hot spots.”


PARASITES Corrective Actions:

Schedule a veterinary examination to determine the cause. Eliminating parasites on the dog may involve topical insecticide, baths in insecticidal shampoo and/or internally taken insecticide along with insecticidal treatment and daily vacuuming of dog’s living space to kill non-attached parasites and larvae. Frequently wash and dry dog’s bedding. For dogs sensitive to chemicals, a holistic approach might require daily bathing in herbal shampoo, applying herbal sprays, spreading diatomaceous earth powder around the home and yard and vacuuming dog’s living space every day until the infestation is eradicated.




Prey Drive

Food-based reward training offers an effective positive method for encouraging proper behaviors, but failure to reduce treats into randomly given rewards rather than for every performance can result in a dog who expects a treat after each command and ignores subsequent commands until the owner complies


Prey Drive Corrective Actions:

Give only sturdy dog toys made from rubber or other durable materials that encourage play but discourage attempts to rip apart. Provide exercise and outlet for chasing, grabbing and carrying through frequent games of fetch. Train “Leave it” command that tells the dog to stop his current activity and turn attention elsewhere.



From about the age of 3 to 7 months, your puppy’s adult teeth replace baby teeth, resulting in gum pain and inflammation that dog chewing’s massage action helps relieve.




TEETHING Corrective Actions:

Provide numerous safe chew toys for your puppy and alternate their availability to maintain interest. If you catch your dog chewing on something inappropriate, gently say “no” to relay what you don’t want, then trade that item for a suitable dog chewing and praise puppy for trading. Gently massage gums twice daily using a fingertip doggie toothbrush to help alleviate pain. Cold soothes inflamed gums, making freezable dog chews particularly beneficial — avoid following sometimes seen advice to freeze a wet washcloth for this purpose, puppies should never be offered anything that will be off-limits later.


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