Does Your Dog CHEW?
Many dogs chew furniture, clothes, rocks, bottles and any number of things that may not be good for them.
The question is what to do about
Seems the typical response when we find that something has been chewed on or chewed up is to scold Fido chewing
in a loud
The problem with this approach is that dogs naturally chew and some chewing may be good for Fido.
Chewing is Good for Fido ???? What About My Stuff?
A few excerpts from petplace. com helps us zero in on the issue and
the solution..here it is..
"It's simple--chewing is in a dog's genes. Chewing is a natural way
that dogs explore their world, whether they are a puppy or a
Sometimes dogs chew out of boredom or anxiety, or because of sore
teeth or gums. Your dog's chewing behaviors can increase when he
doesn't get enough stimulation and exercise. Or she can just be
seeking your attention...is your dog trying to get a little more of
Inappropriate chewing - that is, chewing on things that he
shouldn't be chewing on -- is a problem that most dog owners
confront at some stage of their dog's life.
Not only are chewing problems annoying to you, they can be
dangerous for your pet. Chewing on the wrong items - electrical
wires, poisonous materials, or objects that can splinter - can have
On the other hand, chewing on the right objects can enhance your
dog's health and well-being. The physical act of chewing helps
relieve anxiety and boredom, and helps your dog feel secure and
How do you get your dog to chew on appropriate items?
1.First, clear your dog's environment of things you don't want him
to chew on. That means picking up shoes, toys, and other objects
you don't want destroyed or that can harm your pet if chewed. Just
because they've never done it before doesn't always mean that they
won't ever start chewing. Keep in mind that your pet doesn't chew
to spite you, he's just doing what instinct tells him to.
2.Always provide your dogs with tasty, safe chew toys. As you leave
for work in the morning, leave him a toy stuffed with treats to
help reinforce the idea of appropriate chewing.
3.When you catch your dog chewing something he shouldn't, firmly
tell him "No!". Quickly replace the inappropriate item with a tasty
chew toy. Lavish praise as he starts chewing the toy. Reprimanding
your dog for inappropriate chewing MUST always be immediate and
ONLY when he's caught in the act-never after the chewing is already
done, like when you find the remains of your favorite shoes upon
returning home. ..........
So how can appropriate chew toys help your pet?
1.If the toy is designed for promoting dental hygiene, it can help
support dental health by helping to scrape away plaque, tartar
buildup, and help maintain healthy gums. The right ingredients can
even help doggy breath.
2.A good chew toy can provide stimulating activity by challenging
your dog's mind and keeping him entertained. This is especially
important for older dogs that may typically be less active.
3.A safe, well-designed chew toy can help satisfy your dog's innate
urge to chew and help avoid destructive chewing behavior from both
puppies and adult dogs...." END Dr Jon petplace. com
OK..so according to Dr. Jon chewing may good, especially if Fido is
chewing a healthy, good for him dental toy or treat and should only
be stopped in an appropriate manner and when you actually see Fido
We always make a point of having a selection of healthy chew toys or
our favorites which are natural such as antlers (no damage is done
to the deer or elk who "sheds" the antlers)...and is much safer than
rawhide which they can choke on).
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