How to stop excessive dog chewing

Dog chewing uncontrollably is a bad habit

Let’s be clear. Chewing is normal behavior for puppies and dogs. For about the first six months of their lives, puppies need to chew because their teeth are forming and it is how they explore and develop into full grown, healthy dogs.

Adult dogs chew for a variety of reasons: It apparently feels good (comforting and soothing) and it can be a way to burn off excess energy.

However, some chewing is not normal. Excessive chewing can indicate a problem with teeth, gums or some other physical condition. Or it can indicate that something in the home environment is triggering the inappropriate

behavior. You can get help for understanding chewing and other dog behaviors at websites like this.

How to control chewing in your dog?

Responsible dog owners know that their pets depend on them for leadership, guidance and care. Dogs get blamed for bad habits and misbehavior, but most dogs will develop normally and be on good behavior if they are well managed. Doing your job as a well-informed owner is required to prevent inappropriate chewing in the first place.

Proper management requires acceptance of normal chewing, but controlling what gets chewed. With puppies, it’s especially important to either keep the puppy’s environment free from electrical cords and other objects you wouldn’t want chewed, or to keep the puppy out of places where those items are located.

With dogs of all ages, it’s important to make it clear what is OK to chew and what isn’t. It is a wise idea to control where your dog goes in order to have control over what your dog is chewing, you can accomplish this by purchasing an electronic dog fence. It’s difficult to make changes in expectations after some time has gone by. So it’s critical that your puppy or dog always understands the difference between his or her possessions (chew toys) and yours. Your possessions include everything that you own and don’t want to be messed up by your dog.

To keep your dog’s chewing within the range of normal, you must spend time to make sure he or she is getting the right food. You must make sure your dog is getting enough exercise and is being played with to prevent boredom. If chewing persists in spite of your best efforts, it’s time to visit a vet or contact an animal behaviorist. Websites like ours are great resources for finding exactly the help you might need.


These were some very basic advises regarding this subject. Write your comments below if you want us to make a more comprehensive guide, on how to treat the bad habit of excessive chewing.

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