The Chewing Dog: Behavior Modification Solutions

Chewing is one of the most common dog behavior complaints made by owners. Dogs chew for a variety of reasons.

When a dog is between four and eight months old, he begins to lose his puppy teeth and permanent teeth begin to grow. This can cause a significant amount of discomfort, which is only relieved by the pressure of gnawing on something. Here are some tips to keep your puppy from destroying what he shouldn't.

Direct Your Dog's Chewing Behavior to Toys

The best way to control teething-related chewing is to invest in an assortment of chew toys such as pig's ears and raw hides. If you have young children in the house, avoid giving your dog squeaky chew toys since they're too similar to your child's toys. Your dog won't know it's unacceptable to chew on your child's toys. Puppies should be placed in a safe haven away from chewing dangers such as drapery cords and electrical wires.

Exercise and Relieving Separation Anxiety

Dogs of all ages chew when they're bored. You can reduce the likelihood of boredom-related chewing by making sure your dog gets properly exercised. It's also common for dogs to chew when they're suffering separation anxiety because chewing anything with the owner's scent relieves the stress of being alone. Avoid leaving your dog alone for extended periods of time.