How to Stop a Dog from Chewing

Have a dog that won't stop chewing? We have a solution for you! Check out this advice from AKC's GoodDog! Helpline.


QUESTION:
 

I have a rescue Great Dane that continually chews up everything in the house.  He has plenty of toys and goes outside regularly. Today he chewed up a remote control from the tv, yesterday it was pillows and books.  I don't know what to do, please help me!

 

Here's How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing:
 

french bulldog chewing shoe
 

  • Dog proof your house and that means putting away anything that your dog can reach and should not have  – including pillows, remotes, magazines, etc.
  • When you cannot watch your dog, he should be put away – in a crate or dog-proofed enclosed area (like a laundry room with a baby gait across the doorway).
  • While you are supervising your dog and see him starting to chew something that he should not, make some noise (but not so loud or scary to frighten him) – such as eh-eh or “Hey what are doing?” and then redirect him to one of his chew toys.
  • Make sure his chew toys are very enticing and rotate them so they are always new and interesting. Invest in a large size Extreme Kong (for large dogs) and stuff it with something like peanut butter and freeze – this is a great long-lasting treat that will keep your dog happily chewing for a long time.
  • Purchase a commercial chew deterrent for canines and spray this on items that you cannot put away, like furniture. One bite and the dog hopefully will decide he does not like to chew that item any more.
  • Dogs often chew excessively out of boredom. Make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise and interaction with you. Don’t just put him outside by himself – go out with him and play ball, Frisbee, etc.; take him on long walks; and start training him so he has some “jobs” to keep him busy.
  • The age of your dog may make a difference. Adolescence dogs can have the need to chew a lot for some time, first during the teething process as a puppy and when the adult teeth settle in the jaw from around 8 months to a year.
  • If you feel your dog might be chewing due to a compulsive disorder, then seek an evaluation by a certified behaviorist.


Check out these toys that are A-OK to chew. 

 


For more information on chewing and nipping, watch the following webinar below.