RIf your dog is chewing furniture, or excessively chewing their toys, it may be time to review their dental health. Discover possible causes for inappropriate chewing below, and learn how to help stop your dog chewing furniture and other items.
Teething is perhaps the most common reason for a puppy chewing. Just like in humans, teething is a stage every puppy has to go through and it can be uncomfortable. Puppies often find that chewing on things helps to relieve this pain. The problem is they don’t yet understand what is and isn’t okay to chew on.
Our first tip to help with puppy teething is to provide your puppy with plenty of safe chew toys. If they have plenty of appropriate items they can chew, they are less likely to chew on things such as furniture and cables. It is also important for you to play with your puppy using these toys. This will not only give you time to bond with your pup but will also teach them that chewing their toys is okay and a positive thing to do.
It is important to keep items you do not want chewed out of your puppy’s way while they are going through this teething stage. Things such as electrical cables and valuable ornaments should be placed out of reach. This stage usually only lasts for around six months, and your puppy should generally grow out of it. If after this time your dog hasn’t grown out of this type of puppy chewing there may be an underlying condition. Always visit your vet if you are uncertain.
Another reason your dog may be chewing excessively is because of a medical condition. If your dog isn’t getting all the nutrients they need for a complete and balanced diet, they may develop a condition known as ‘pica’. Dogs with this condition tend to compulsively eat non-food substances. This can often be mistaken for a dog chewing issue.
Gastrointestinal conditions have also been linked to excessive inappropriate chewing. A dog with gastrointestinal conditions may chew things to help relieve the feelings of sickness. If you believe your dog could have either of the above conditions , you should take them to visit their vet for a full diagnosis.
One of the most common reasons for excessive inappropriate chewing is separation anxiety. This type of anxiety affects dogs that feels nervous when their owners leave them in the house alone. This type of stress can cause a dog to chew furniture and other items. Dogs will often show other signs of separation anxiety at the same time. These other signs may include excessive barking, defecation indoors, urination and extreme pacing.
The best way to help a dog with separation anxiety overcome this anxiety is to show them that being alone can be positive. Read more about helping a dog with separation anxiety here. If this kind of conditioning does not work you may want to contact your vet to find out what more could be done to help your furry friend.
Boredom can be the cause of a number of inappropriate behaviours in dogs. Taking your dog out for daily walks and setting time aside to regularly play with your dog can help avoid this kind of behaviour. Your dog should not be frustrated or bored, but stimulated and happy instead.
For more great tips check out our full list of articles. Remember, one DentaLife® chew a day is not only a tasty treat for dogs, but also a great way to help keep them entertained and help keep their teeth clean. Find out more about our DentaLife® chews here.