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How to Stop Dogs Chewing – Understand why they chew in the first place.
Some dogs love to chew while others don't. This is a matter of preference among dogs and while some dogs treat chewing as a pleasurable activity, other dogs don’t have any need to chew what so ever unless they are so bored that they are driven to chewing

How to Stop Dogs Chewing - The three main reasons why dogs chew:

1. Most dogs naturally want to chew. It’s fun, and it passes the time. It’s a self-rewarding, self-reinforcing activity (for example, if your dog is chewing on something that they like the taste of.

2. Chewing will provide a dog who is bored, nervous or lonely an outlet for his/her emotions. To an anxious dog, the repetitive act of chewing is soothing – it’s the doggie equivalent of comfort food.

3. Dogs that are not exercised enough will often use the act of chewing as another way of burning up nervous energy and they are also giving themselves something to do.

How to Stop Dogs Chewing - What to do to Prevent it

In knowing how to stop dogs chewing and what you can do to prevent it, you must know that all dogs can be trained not to chew items in your home that they are not supposed to, you will need to put in a bit of effort with this though.

1. The first thing that you need to do is to dog proof your home. Don't forget that dogs explore their world with their mouths and no matter how well behaved your dog is, there is no need to test their self control. To dog proof your home, just take out of your dogs way all that you don’t want to end up in your dogs mouth and put it out of reach. Do think about your dogs size and level of agility when you do this. Will your dog be able to reach the said item when standing on hind legs, or will they be able to jump onto a table or chair to reach the item.
Items that are commonly chewed are things like shoes, books, eyewear, small crunchy objects like a camera, a tv remote control or a mobile phone.
Make sure that all food is put securely away: don’t leave snacks on low tables (or even countertops – you’d be surprised how agile your dog can be when there’s food about.
Make sure that all food is put away and that plates are rinsed before being stacked ready for washing.

2. Prevent your dog from learning the joys of chewing things that he shouldn’t. The more frequently your dog manages to grab a jaw full of a forbidden substance – a chair-leg, a pillow, a running shoe – the more readily those items will be the target of chewing in the future.
Preventing your dog from chewing these things in the first place will make it easier for your dog to understand your expectations. What you need to do is confine your dog in a dog proofed area until you are sure that your dog understands the rules of the house.

3. Don’t set your dog up for failure by making it difficult for your dog to define what he can and cannot chew. For example don't give your dog an old pair of running shoes that he can chew and expect him to understand that while he can chew these old running shoes, he cannot chew any other shoes that are left lying around. No dog is going to be able to understand the technicalities of this.

4. Provide your dog with lots of tasty alternatives to your stuff. If you dog doesn’t have a lot of interesting and appropriate items to chew, go out and buy a few for him. Don't forget that dogs do need to chew and younger dogs need to chew even more than older dogs. Rotate your dog’s toys every few days to keep them novel and interesting for him.

5. Do spend lots of time in active supervision. While it might be easier for you to just keep her penned up in her crate, or the yard – that’s both boring and horrible for her, and probably not a lot of fun for you either. Your dog can’t learn what you expect of her if she’s spending all her time boxed up in the dog-proof zone: she needs the opportunity to explore the boundaries of your expectations, so she can understand what’s appropriate and what’s not.

6. When you catch your dog chewing something inappropriate, interrupt her by making a loud noise: either clap your hands or make an “Ah-ah-aaaah!” noise. Then, immediately hand her a tasty and dog-appropriate alternative (a rawhide bone or other chew toy); as soon as her jaws close around it, give your dog lots of praise. There is no better way to get your dog to understand that chewing “her” toys equals praise from you, but everything else equals trouble.

How to Stop Dogs Chewing – Keep Positive

When you want to learn how to stop dogs chewing you must at all times, remember to keep your expectations realistic. Neither you nor your dog is perfect and there will probably be one instance of where a favourite item is damaged by your dogs curiosity.

Particularly in the early stages of your relationship, when your dog is still learning the ropes: it’ll take awhile before your dog is completely reliable (and even then, if she’s left by herself for too long or feels neglected, she may choose your stuff over hers to occupy her time and jaws with.) Remember to give your dog time to learn the rules, and plenty of ‘you-time’ to help her learn faster – and don’t forget to take precautions and keep things out of reach until she’s got the hang of the chewing rules!

For more information on dog training techniques and how to deal with problem dog behaviour, (like chewing), check out Secrets to Dog Training. It’s the complete manual for dog ownership and is designed to fast-track your dog’s learning.

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