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Posted on 08-18-2017
Destructive chewing is a common problem for dog owners, particularly during their pet’s early years. During puppyhood, excessive chewing is often a way to relieve the discomfort of incoming teeth. However, destructive chewing can continue well into their adulthood and can become a problem.
If your dog is a destructive chewer, you will have to take a close look at your dog’s health and mental well-being to determine the source of this intense need to chew. Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic can offer behavioral advice to help owners find ways to correct a destructive chewing habit.
Owners should understand that chewing is a natural instinct serving a number of behavioral purposes. The goal is not to stop your dog from chewing, which would be confusing and frustrating for the animal. The right goal is to direct your dog’s chewing to acceptable objects and times.
To discourage an unacceptable habit, find time to stay with your dog for a whole day or several days to intervene when he or she begins to chew, so you can offer an acceptable alternative. Increase exercise times to relieve boredom and release physical energy. “Chew-proof” your home by removing items that have been past targets for chewing. Don’t confuse the animal by offering old shoes or other discarded items as chew toys. Finally, avoid harsh methods of discouraging chewing, such as keeping the animal in his crate for long periods or using a muzzle. These tactics will only trigger other behavioral problems.
Dogs that are inclined to chew to relieve stress and boredom should be provided with a number of durable chew toys to allow them to work off their energy. Pig’s ears, rolled pig skin sticks, tooth-cleaning chews and durable hard rubber toys that you fill with peanut butter or treats are good options to encourage acceptable chewing.
Contact Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic today at 770-383-1182 for an appointment to discuss behavioral problems like chewing and other aspects of keeping your dog healthy and happy.
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