Why Your Dog Chews Your Stuff
To chew or not to chew? It depends on the personality of your dog: some don’t seem to feel the need to chew while other have a built in desire to chew just for the sake of it and of course, there is chewing from sheer boredom.
Saying “destructive chewing” may sound silly – after all, any chewing is destructive. With strong jaws full of sharp, pointy teeth: just about anything your dog decides to chew on is probably going to look the worst for wear pretty quickly. So to be clear, when I say “destructive chewing”, I mean the kind of chewing that causes damage to possessions and household items, not your dog’s toys or chew things.
Three main reasons dogs chew:
- It’s fun! Dogs have a natural desire to chew, it passes the time, it’s rewarding, and it may even taste good. OK that may not be the reason she chews your couch!
- Think of it as the doggie equivalent of comfort food. Chewing provides an emotional outlet for a nervous, bored, or lonely dog.
- Under exercised dogs often chew as a way of burning up energy and to escape boredom.
Keep a positive attitude:
It’s important to have realistic expectations. You’re not perfect, nor is your dog: chances are at least one cherished item is going to be damaged by her curiosity.
During the early part of your relationship, when she’s still learning the ropes:she won’t be completely reliable, if she’s left by herself for too long or feels neglected, expect some back sliding. She needs time to learn the rules, ( and plenty of ‘you-time’ will help her learn faster ) but you still need to take precautions and keep your precious things out of reach until she’s got the hang of the chewing rules!