By Toni Drugmand as part of the e-How video series
Dogs chew for many reasons. Puppies are expected to stage through chewing by a certain age. How long can you attribute your dog’s chewing behavior to just “puppy chewing”? A pup’s baby teeth begin falling out at about 4 months, adult teeth are generally in by 6 months (on average)…this means by 7 months all the teething reason for chewing is gone. As a general guide, rule out medical reasons for chewing and seek the help of a professional trainer if you are not finding success at solving the problem.
Let’s consider a few things about chewing for dogs.
- Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs in the wild
- Chewing is something your dog does to keep from being bored
- Chewing is something your dog does because he is anxious
Tools to help you: Long Line, leash, collar, remote collar, Hardware cloth or chicken wire, bones safe to chew, bitter apple spray
Any form of destruction, be it digging or chewing behaviors, comes down to training and simple management. One of two things must occur to be successful at exterminating the behavior.
Start with some good foundational skills of attention and obedience. Make sure you can supervise your pooch or have a safe place to put him away to when you can’t.
- Supervise the dog at all times when he is available to do this incorrect behavior
- Use a crate, or even better a management system, to keep the dog from a successful attempt at the behavior
Supervision means that you are 100 percent dedicated to watching, supervising and correcting the behavior when it happens during your watch. Use a long line to interrupt the chewing, toss a can of pennies or interrupt with a remote training collar. Anything that interrupts the behavior will be the first step in the right direction for your training.
The management system is a set up which includes your pooch in a crate that butts up to a doggie door which leads to a contained outside dog run.
Use Hardware cloth or chicken wire to go around moulding area that dog is chewing.
Keep safe items available for your dog to chew, but beware that if he has the opportunity to get to something else he likely will chew this as well.
This article was written to accompany the ehow video “How to Keep Your Dog from Chewing Moulding”
Toni Drugmand is the owner Sit Means Sit Dog Training where.… A Trained Dog is a Happy Dog! For more information on training your dog visit us at www.sitmeanssit.com for articles, tips and videos.
*Be sure your pet is free of health issues before starting a training program. Never hesitate to seek the help of professional dog trainer, especially when it comes to dog aggression.