How to Stop a Puppy (or Adult Dog) From Inappropriate Chewing

How to Stop a Puppy (or Adult Dog) From Inappropriate Chewing

 

Podcast | Kiara – How to Stop a Puppy (or Adult Dog) From Inappropriate Chewing

 

Is your puppy or dog getting into things they shouldn’t be? Are they leaving chew marks, bite marks, or even tears on the furniture? There are numerous reasons for this behavior and the reason affects the treatment. Don’t fret though, there’s hope! There are several ways to stop a puppy or adult dog from inappropriate chewing.

Table of Contents

  1. Understand your dog
  2. Give Your Dog A Chew Toy
  3. Use Bad-Tasting Repellents and Sprays
  4. Give Your Dog Plenty of Exercises
  5. Obedience Training
  6. Be Patient and Realistic

 

1. Understand your dog

The first step in stopping your puppy or dog from inappropriate chewing is understanding the reason for the behaviour. The most common reason for excessive chewing is:

  • Attention seeking
  • Boredom
  • Teething
  • Toothaches

Once you determine the reason, you can help phase your pup out of this phase using the following methods.

 

2. Give Your Dog A Chew Toy

Dogs and puppies are genetically geared towards needing to chew on things. It’s an innate behaviour that every puppy pal comes with, so it’s inevitable that they’ll start choosing things. In order to prevent them from chewing on things you do not want them to, be sure they have other options like chew toys lying around the house! You may have to test a few out to see what kind your dog prefers (hard, plush, noisy, flavored, etc.).

3. Use Bad-Tasting Repellents and Sprays

Visit your local pet store for pet-safe sprays and repellents that you can spray on the objects you want them to stay away from. The smell or taste will deter the behaviour, but the desire for the behavior will remain so you’ll have provided them with an alternative.

4. Give Your Dog Plenty of Exercises

A primary reason for inappropriate chewing is actually boredom and/or seeking your attention. If you notice an increase in frequency in this behavior, it’s best to first look at how their or your life has changed recently. It’s likely that they aren’t getting enough exercise to keep them entertained and boredom-free. Make sure you’re getting your dog out of the house twice daily and playing with them inside as well. This should decrease the chewing behavior as they’ll be less bored, and they’ll be getting the attention they seek from you.

5. Obedience Training

If all else fails, you can always take your puppy or adult dog to an obedience school. There are schools that allow you to drop your dog off and pick them up several times per week, stay for a whole week, or even do daily training where you can stay and observe. These training consist of sessions where the trainers will present chewing options and work through the inappropriate behaviour with your dog so that the behaviour decreases at home. 

6. Be Patient and Realistic

This behaviour is a hard one for any animal to beat, especially if it has been going on for an extended amount of time. You’ll need to be patient and accept that the behaviour won’t go away overnight just because you got them a new toy. Your pet needs to accept that they have other options and that they are getting what they need from you every day. Over time the behaviour will decrease! 


Training a new pup or adult dog can be a difficult task, especially when it comes to inappropriate chewing. So long as you are patient with them and ensure you are providing them with the appropriate amount of exercise and attention, as well as some alternative chew toys, you should see the behaviour go down! If you don’t, consider obedience school or having a trainer come to your house. The behaviour is a tough one, but it’s absolutely attainable to overcome! 

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