You probably clicked on this blog post because your dog is chewing everything in sight. Having a dog that chews everything can be very stressful and very expensive. It could also be dangerous for your dog if it ends up chewing the wrong thing. The good news is that with our dog training classes, your dog will learn not to chew everything he/she finds. The way we teach your dog not to chew is by figuring out WHY your dog does it.
When it comes dog chewing, there are several reasons why your dog does it:
It’s just a puppy
When it comes to puppies, the chewing behavior stems from the age of the dog. Your new puppy just wants to explore everything, and it does it by chewing. To keep your items safe and to keep your puppy safe just put things out of your puppy’s reach. Your pup will eventually grow out of this stage. (If your dog doesn’t grow out of it, dog training classes are in order!)
Your dog is bored
If your dog is not getting the proper exercise, it will find ways to get its energy out by chewing. Make sure that when you are gone, you leave your dog with plenty of dog toys to chew. And when you come back home, take your dog out for a walk.
Do you come home to furniture and shoes chewed up? This could be due to separation anxiety! Separation anxiety can be a problem a little harder to correct. Things like crate training and discipline help fix the issue. We suggest you to give us a call so we can help you fix the problem.
Other times your dog could be chewing simply out of instinct. You can fix that by replacing the object with a dog toy. Rarely but it happens, chewing could be due to a nutritional deficiency. If you suspect this is the case, you should take your dog to a vet.
Thankfully a behavioral problem like chewing can be fixed with some dog training classes. Wag Ur Tail Dog Training provides dog training classes to the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford areas. If you are in need of a quote, give us a call at (540) 834-8353.
If you want to read some of our blog articles, check out our latest three: How You Could Worsen Your Dog’s Bad Behavior, Should I Buy a Dog Crate?, and Does Your Puppy Need Puppy Obedience School?.