Destructive Chewing: There is a Reason

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The topic of destructive chewing causes me to remember a situation my neighbor had a few months back. She had a stressed dog that needed to be medicated for stress.  As long as the dog was medicated for hyperactivity he was fine to be in the house alone.  However, the emotional trauma the dog suffered by its first owner led it to have many issues.  One of those issues was destructive chewing.  My neighbor had to repair over 10,000 dollars worth of damage done by a water pipe that was chewed through by her dog.  Even though there is a reason for this destructive behavior it is up to the owner to train these habits out at an early age.

You need to understand what the chewing is a result of.  What is your puppy or dog chewing at?  Is your puppy getting their teeth?  Most of the time chewing is an oral fixation.  It feels good to their gums so they will chew on any soft object to make them feel better.  There is a list of different factors that could have your dog chewing through your home.  We have listed them below.

Puppy chewers
Spiteful chewers
Jealousy chewers
Boredom chewers

Of the reasons listed above there are two main reasons.  First they are trying to explore their world through oral means, and second they are trying to soothe their gums.  If your dog tends to chew the first thing you should do is check their gums.  They may have teeth coming in if they are puppies.  If they are older dogs they may have an injured tooth causing an infection or even cancer related to the gums.

Boredom is another huge factor for dogs, especially puppies and adolescents.  A puppy that is bored will chew on anything they can find.  It is important that you offer your canine the proper attention throughout the day.

For older dogs energy can be a deciding factor in the chewing.  Most older dogs especially in the adolescent stage have a great deal of energy that when they reach adulthood will no longer be a factor.  If they are not allowed to get rid of the energy they will chew.  It is best to train chewing from boredom out of your puppy before they reach the older stages.  In some cases the puppy gets more attention than the older dog so they behave outwardly for any attention even bad attention.

Jealousy is another factor.  Adult dogs tend to get jealous when a new pet is brought home or their owners have children taking time away from them.  Looking at what the dog chooses to chew on can lead you to the factor for the chewing.  A book that you read could be the issue or if they chew on a favorite pair of shoes it could be because you wear them more often and leave them lying around. Frustration on the side of your pet can lead him to have bad behaviors.  You can correct your attitude towards the animal as well as train them not to chew.

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