Although dogs have a very powerful sense of smell, when it comes to exploring the world around them they really like to gnaw on stuff.
And when that stuff is shoes, the couch, the remote, chewing becomes a problem for us dog owners.
In this article I’m going to share a couple of tips on how you can solve this problem for your dog. I’m not an expert, but if you want more detailed advice you can check out my buddy Glenn’s dog training website which goes more indepth including dog supply reviews and such.
Anyway back to our problem.
First of all you need to realize that your dog’s chewing habit is natural just like anything else and you can’t stop it. What you can do is to divert his attention to chewing targets like for instance chew toys.
Start of by doing an audit of your household and look at anything that your dog my find tempting to sink his teeth in and take it out of the way. What I’m trying to say is that you need to begin by chew-proofing your house.
The next thing you should be doing is to introduce chew toys to your dog. There are many different types of chew toys, but best quality ones in my oppinion are from Kong. They’re all made in USA and they’re very durable but the material is soft so your dog can gnaw on it.
There are 2 types I would recommend you should try. First there’s the treat dispensing chew toys which have a unique design that features a whole where you can stuff treats in and your dog needs to work at it with his jaws to get the treats out.
They do a great job at keeping your dog’s attention for long periods of time.
Next off, there are flavored chew toys which most of the times have a bone shaped design. They come in all sizes, for small to large dog breeds. As for flavors there’s beef, chicken, bacon, peanut butter, and so on.
My advice is to get 2-3 chew toys and switch them up so your dog won’t get bored.
If you have a puppy who’s in the teething stage, and they’re need for chewing is greater, the best chew toys for puppies are those that you can stuff treats in them.
One thing I would like to really stress out is not to punish your dog. Whether it’s a puppy or an adult dog, punishing him for chewing something that he wasn’t supposed to won’t work. What that will do is force your dog to hide the things he chews. All you’ll accomplish is to make the problem even bigger than it already is.
Another thing, when it comes to buying chew toys, make sure you don’t buy any chew toys that look the same as household items, because your dog will more than likely chew something by mistake because it looked exactly the same as is toy.
There’s more on this, but for now I’m going to leave you with this. Make sure you subscribe to my blog if you want more information on dog behavior training.