The Facts About Dogs and Chewing
Let's discuss the facts about dogs and chewing.
Dogs chew, it is natural and if you keep in under control there is nothing wrong with it. How do you keep in under control? It's actually as simple as cleaning up, buying them toys and correcting them.
Sound too good to be true? If you're consistent and persistent, it's not. Sure, puppies and certain breeds tend to chew more than others, but you can still train them.
Buy your dog a small variety of chew toys. A stuffed one, a squeaky one, a bone, etc. A variety will keep them from getting bored and it can also tell you which type they prefer. You can also rotate the toys, let them have the bone one week, the squeaky one the next, this is just another way from preventing your dog from getting bored because boredom will lead them to find a shoe or piece of furniture to chew on. If your dog seems to be picky, another option is to actually take them to the pet store and let them pick a toy out.
Once your dog has chew toys it is time to start training them. If they chew on something that is unacceptable, let them know. Don't hit them, but show that your are unhappy and tell them no. Replace the unacceptable chew item with an acceptable chew toy. Express that the chew toy is different and okay for chewing. Your dog will pick up on your emotions and understand the difference. Just keep in mind that it may take them some time so keep your eye on them to avoid any costly damages.
Also, never give your dog an old shoe, rag, etc. A dog won't understand that a rag is okay to chew on, but clothing in the laundry basket isn't. Therefore, you can completely avoid any confusion if you just never give them anything resembling something of value to you. If you have children pick up their small toys and keep them out of reach. Children's toys can look similar to a dogs toy and if your dog swallows a small piece it can lead to illness, death, or a very costly vet visit.
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