How to stop destructive chewing:

With some effort on your part your dog is quite capable of learning not to chew your stuff.

Protect your precious possessions:

Like with toddler- proofing you need to dog-proof your home. Even if you have the best-behaved dog in the world, there’s still no reason put temptation in her way– after all, dogs explore the world with their mouths.

Dog-proof your home by moving whatever you don’t want chewed, and making it unavailable. Take into account her size and agility – can she jump? Can she climb onto something else to reach the desired object? How tall is she when up on her back legs? Make sure things really are out of reach.

Common targets for the big bite include; books, spectacle, clothing, shoes, garbage, and lovely crunchy appliances like remote controls and cell phones.

Needless to say all food needs to be put away. Don’t leave snacks out on low tables or countertops. When there’s food involved her acrobatic ability comes to the fore! Food should go in containers or the cupboard. Rinse your dirty plates before leaving them by the sink to remove temptation.

Prevent her from learning the joys of illegal chewing:

The more often she manages to grab a mouthful of forbidden fruit – a cushion, a couch arm, a running shoe – the more she’ll go for those items in future. This may well mean keeping her in a dog-proofed area until you’re confident she knows the house rules. If you can prevent her from chewing your stuff in the first place, it’s a lot easier for her to grasp what is expected of her.

How to Train your German Shepherd to stop chewingDon’t confuse her:

Blurring the boundaries between her stuff (OK to chew) and your stuff (not OK to chew) will confuse your dog. Don’t give her old clothes, shoes, or towels to chew and play with –  there’s no way a dog can tell the difference between your new shoes and the one she’s got in her mouth that you gave her five minutes ago.

Provide her with lots of tasty alternatives:

If she doesn’t have any attractive, appropriate chewing objects, you can hardly blame her chewing your possessions. Remember, most dogs need to chew; and in a puppy (under one year) or a half grown dog this will be even more pronounced. Stock up on a variety of chewies and toys, then give her two or three to play with at a time. Rotate the toys every few days to keep things interesting. Gives you a chance to wash them too!

Lots of active supervision:

Yes,maybe it is easier for you to just have her penned up in her crate, but that’s boring for her not to say cruel. It’s not much fun for you either (if you wanted a pet that you don’t need to play with, you’d have a goldfish, right?) If she spends all her time boxed up in the dog-proof zone she can’t learn what is expected of her, given the opportunity to explore the boundaries of your expectations, she’ll come to understand what’s acceptable and what’s not.

When you catch her chewing something she shouldn’t, interrupt immediately by making a loud noise: clap your hands or make an “Ah-ah-aah!” noise. Then, immediately give her an appropriate substitute (e.g. a rawhide bone or chew toy); as soon as she grabs it, praise her lavishly. This is the best way for your dog to understand that chewing “her” toys equals praise from you, but anything else equals trouble.


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Stop Your Dog Chewing — 2 Comments

  1. I can’t stop my dog chewing everything around the house! She chewed my shoes, internet line, cell phone, t-shirts, rug and so on. She only does this when I am not at home so I can’t really punish here when I get back since she won’t understand why I’m doing it. She might just be missing me and that’s her way of trying to say that. I tried hiding things away from her but she still finds something to chew on!

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