Sick and tired of coming home to an array of destroyed, chewed and slobbery possessions. Do you lack the time to constantly lock or hide your precious objects away from your dog and his curious and destructive jaw. Imagine the freedom to throw your shoes on the floor, run out the door to work, and return home, knowing that they’ll be untouched. Follow these 5 simple dog training steps, and this behaviour should be either minimised or completely eliminated.
- Stay calm: Your dog will not understand your anger. Your anger, and their confusion might induce stress on your dog. As a dogs chewing can often be a result of stress, this could increase their chewing behaviour. As you can see, this would create a vicious cycle; more chewing, results in more anger towards the dog, which results in more chewing.
- Correct your dog: Do not remove the object, rather grab their attention with a firm and quick tap or pinch at the base of the neck. This should result in the dog releasing the object from their mouth. If you want to take up the role of a dog sitter, make sure you ask your pet owner about dog sitter’s task, especially if you need to train a dog.
- Redirect the behaviour: If step 2 fails, then redirect his attention away from the chewed object with another object; perhaps the smell of their favourite treat or a toy.
- Claim the object: Once the dog has released the object and it is in your possession, communicate clearly with your dog that this object is your property. This is done with body language; for example, you could visibly hold the object, whilst maintaining strong and direct eye contact with your dog. Try in envision a barrier between you and the object and your dog.
- Find alternate chew toys: steps 1-4 will prevent your dog from chewing in the immediate short term, but in the long term, your dogs desire to chew will most probably persist. Therefore, you need to give your dog an alternative chewing object – a chew toy, an old doll or cushion or anything else you designate as a chewable object.
Remember that chewing exhibited by puppies can indicate that your pet is simply going through the standard teething stage, thus chewing to alleviate any pain experienced in this developmental period. In fact, any breed of dog, such as a Doberman or pooch can indulge in chewing.
If chewing persists, in particular – primarily whilst you are not home, it could be symptomatic of separation anxiety. A good way of keeping your dog from chewing is to reward it when it stops chewing an object. Advice your dog sitter and keep a written dog sitting checklist to ensure the sitter follows your instruction, especially when you are away and the dog needs to be groomed.