Chewing Destructiveness in Dogs (Puppies & Adults)

Written by Ojie Okosun on . Posted in Maintenance

Does your dog (puppy, Adult) chew out your shoes, visitor’s shoes, clothes hanging on the line, foot mats, buckets, car etc? This article might be a MUST read for you to learn a few tips. If this helps you as a breeder or a pet owner in any way, it will be nice to get your comments, this says a big THANK YOU to the auditor (Revolution Kennel Team) of this amazing article.

Dogs, especially puppies are extremely playful and inquisitive and they many times, over do it. While playing with people and other dogs is an important part of socialization and social development, exploration (territorial marking). We can therefore say it is a normal behavior for puppies to investigate their environment by sniffing, tasting and perhaps chewing on objects throughout the home.

Dogs that chew may also be scavenging for food (as in garbage raiding), playing (as in chewing apart a book or shoes, foot-mats etc), teething (dogs three to six months of age that chew often chew on household objects), or satisfying a natural urge to chew and gnaw (which may serve to help keep teeth and gums healthy).

Some dogs may chew because they receive attention (even if it is negative) or treats from the owners each time they chew, and the owners are unconsciously rewarding the behavior. Chewing and destructive behaviors may also be a response to anxiety. Dogs that are confined in areas where they are insecure may dig and chew in an attempt to escape. Dogs that are in a state of conflict, arousal or anxiety, such as separation anxiety, may turn to chewing and other forms of destructiveness as an outlet.

Most times, puppies chew and get destructive when they are lonely and without a partner (another dog). If you have another dog and your puppy still chews irrespective, then the problem might be he/she lacks enough exercise and playtime from you. You need to give him more time to exercise and play. This helps puppies burn out energy. If you don’t help your puppy stop chewing and been destructive, he/she will continue this bad manner even when he is an adult. Guess you don’t want your adult dog been destructive. This will be very embarrassing.

If your puppy or adult dogs keep garbage raiding (eating from the bin), there is a problem. It might be that they don’t get the right amount of food or protein and other essential vitamins, so they crave for more. Try giving them ample food and also fresh clean water regularly. You can also try some nice vitamin supplements to compliment their food. Always empty your bin and keep it far away from your dogs as a matter of precaution because this is bad. Dogs shouldn’t eat waste as this is definitely bad for their health.

We hope this help you with your dog´s habit and we will like to answer any questions you have relating to this topic.

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