It is a normal habit for puppies and dogs to chew on objects as it helps them in different ways, for young dogs or pups it is a way to relieve pain caused by new incoming teeth, for older dogs it is their way of keeping jaws strong and clean teeth or in most cases it is separation anxiety YES your little baby feels lonely each time you go for work, and you come from a long day at work to a spinning, jumping and whirlwind of energy from your dog and you walk to your living room to find out that your dog has gotten his/her teeth on almost everything in the living room and the bed room, from the TV remote to your favorite shoe to almost anything that makes a cracking or braking sound and you wonder why is this happening ? and you are sick and tired of buy the same product day after day.
Well you don’t have to worry yourself anymore because I am going to help you find out what is causing those destructive chewing and give you an awesome solution by ruling out the problems that causes the chewing in the first place and giving the best solution for that problem with a bit of punishment and you can say bye to destructive chewing.
Most pet parents usually complain about how their dogs are destructive or disruptive when left alone but pet parents dont know why, from barking to howls and chewing and even urinating and defecation, it is quite the ”pain in the ass” but no one mentioned it was separation anxiety ( this is when your dog feels an excessive anxiety regarding the separation of who he/she feels a strong emotional attachment example pet parents, friend or family).
It’s not that they want to chew everything they can set their teeth on, they just feel lonely especially young puppies you know they just want to play and you want to get to work early and your pups try to stop you within minutes after you left you dog starts barking and displaying other distress behavior. When you get back from work your puppies welcome you as though you have been gone for years. Well this is not really a big deal because I will give you a list of things to do and make your dog not to feel alone and you will not have to buy TV remotes and shoes again.
How To Deal With Separation Anxiety
1) Take Your Dog For A Walk Before Leaving: start your day by taking your dog for a brisk walk, to make the walk even more rigorous use a dog backpack with some extra weight your dog can carry in it. then reward your dogs calm-submissive energy with food and water, some dogs may need to relax or rest before eating. The trick is getting him/her as relaxed as possible before you leave the house some dogs may even sleep (you have your exit point there) your dog may not even notice you were away but still after the work make sure your dog have plenty of water all dogs can benefit from hydration.
2) No Good Byes: Don’t make a big fuss when you leave or when you return, most pet parent make a lot of fuss to their dog and this make the dog feel you are leaving him/her forever, if you want to do this you must leave without making any eye contact, do not touch and talk to you dog make your dog know that it is just ”business as usual” just try this once in a while for five minutes and see how things go.
3) Stay Calm And Assertive: Do you know that your know that your dog can sense when you have that guilty and nervous feeling each time you leave for work and if you are nervous they are nervous to so you have to leave with a full rest of mind that your dog is going to be just fine remember you are the alpha in your home and the alpha must show no fear.
4) Start Out By Leaving For A Short Time: Start out by leaving your dog alone for a short time like five minutes if that works then you can extend your time to ten minutes the twenty minutes then increase it to an hour keep increasing your time outside until you are sure you can leave your pet for a full eight hours at home.
5) Leave A Good Audiobook With Your Dog: Studies has show that leaving a good audiobook has a calming effect on dogs and helps their separation anxiety and the sound of a human voice usually does help reduce their stress when you are not at home.
Some experts believed that dog who chew, lick and suck on fabric are behavior results from having being weaned too early (six or eight weeks of age) fabric-sucking is not something your should be bothered about because it is a natural behavior in dogs, its like when human babies suck their fingers because they are starting to teeth and this occurs in young pups at a very early stage around three or four weeks but when this behavior occurs for a lengthy period and it is difficult to distract him whenever he engages in it, it is possible that this behavior has become very addictive or compulsive. If you think this might be the case with your dog then I suggest you please see a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) or a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) with specialized training and experience in treating compulsive behavior.
This occurs on dogs who are on a calorie-restricted diet these dogs tend to chew and destroy object in an attempt to find additional source of nutrition dogs usually direct this kind of chewing to object that looks like food or smells like food eg (TV remote, shoe).
Steps To Correct, Manage or Reduce Your Dogs Inappropriate And Destructive Chewing
1) Rule Out Any Medical Problem: The first step is to make sure that your dog does not have any serious medical problems. Nutritional deficiencies caused by poor diet or intestinal parasitism can lead to the pica which may be misconstrued as in-appropriate chewing. Even gastrointestinal problems may cause nausea which may trigger chewing as a copping mechanism in dogs. So it is very important to rule out any medical problems your dog might have and may probably affect your dog in a very bad way if you try to correct him/her, so go and see the vet and do some regular check-ups to be sure and safe.
2) Puppy Teething/proofing: This is generally aimed at growing puppies because this two work hand in hand. The desire to investigage interesting objects and the discomfort of teething motivates puppies to chew on almost anything they can get their teeth on. puppies go through a stage of pain after losing their baby teeth and the adult teeth starts to come in, this intensified chewing stage usually ends at six months of age unless he/she is a late grower, but there are some ways to ease their pain a little. Recommendations suggest giving your puppies some ice cube or better yet some dog toys that can be frozen or some frozen wet washcloth to chew which might help numb the pain from the growing teeth but still puppies need to chew on things I advise some gentle guidance can help restrict your puppy not to chew on objects and to chew his own toys.
Which brings me to puppy proofing yes you have the ice to help numb the pain but Let’s face the fact you won’t always be at home so there are some things you need to puppy proof against puppy teething like the tv remote or credit card or plants, there are some plants that are very toxic to dogs, so look around your environment please put away household cleaners and chemicals far away from your puppy and puppy proof anything that you think it might be dangerous to you dog remove objects of curiosity that might appeal to your puppy such as shoes and socks, children toys and the likes and block all access to all of your rooms that have not been puppy proof with some PUPPY CAGES and please get a create for your dog and consider some create training for dogs for times when he can not be supervised.
3) Encourage Appropriate Chewing: Provide appropriate chew toys for you dog to enjoy in his teething period, each dog may have their own preference as to what they like to chew on please be careful with rawhide and beef bones as determined chewers can break them into smaller peaces and swallow them and this will be bad for it can be lodged in the esophagous or small intestine so supervision is recommended avoid chicken bones since they break easily and this is not good I suggest nylabones,greenies and dental sticks since they encourage appropriate chewing and while combating dental disease if you are going to get a ball get an appropriate one in order not to choke your dog.
4) Discourage Inappropriate Chewing: By following step two you would have already reduced the amount of mischief your young dog can get into but if you still find your dog chewing on something inappropriate correct him/her by taking the object away and scolding him/her immediately and direct his/her attention to an appropriate object like toys and praise him/her for it gradually your dog will change.
5) Engage In Some Playtime With Your Dog: A dog that has tried his/her best is a good dog and deserves some playtime with you which you should go out and play together and do some exersice with your dog this increases bond and shows love and attention so go and have some fun with your dog.
What Not To Do
- Do not show your dog the damage he did and spank, scold or punish him after the fact. He cannot connect your punishment with some behavior he
did hours or even minutes ago.
- Do not use duct tape to hold your dog’s mouth closed around a chewed object for any length of time. This is inhumane, will teach your dog
nothing, and dogs have died from this procedure.
- Do not tie a damaged object to your dog. This is inhumane and will teach your dog nothing
- Do not leave your dog in a crate for lengthy periods of time (more than six hours) to prevent chewing
- Do not muzzle your dog to prevent chewing.