Video: When A Dog Chews On Everything
In adult dogs the gnawing habit persists for a long time. It seems natural to us that most puppies chew on things because that's how they get to know the world. Their cognition is partly the same as that of human babies - through taste, touch and smell. Puppies also have teeth teething and they try to alleviate their situation by chewing on everything. Most dogs stop doing this after a year.
It should be noted that in dogs this desire will not disappear automatically with age, and most dogs continue to gnaw toys with pleasure, at least from time to time - for them this is a kind of aerobics for the jaws. To satisfy this desire, dogs need to be given toys. From natural products, sterilized beef bones of different size and thickness are used for this purpose. The dog can chew them, and then they can be washed and given to the dog again for a long time. Do not use tubular bones. The usefulness of their brain for the dog is questionable. These bones break down and can cause serious illness in your dog's digestive tract. Remember that bones from freshly killed prey are much softer and easier to digest than boiled and dehydrated bones from a butcher's shop.
Whatever bones you use, try to get the thickest ones. Don't buy spongy or cracked bones. Buy bones larger than you think are suitable for your dog's mouth. If the bone is larger than the dog's mouth, then it is less likely that the dog will split it and eat fragments dangerous to its health.
Bones made of artificial material that smell like ham or beef are also very good toys, and the dog can enjoy them for hours with pleasure. They can also be washed and sterilized, minimizing the risk of gum and tooth contamination.
Hard rubber toys can be used for small breed dogs. Improved types of dog toys are now entering the market. Choose toys with the help of a pet store seller. In general, try to avoid toys that break, split, fall apart, parts of which the dog can swallow and choke on, which cannot be washed, as well as cheap toys. If your dog wants to nibble on something, but doesn't like what you gave him, then you can try rubbing the toy with olive oil, tuna fat, cheese, chicken fat or bacon, which will be an additional incentive for the dog to develop acceptable behavior in this regard.
If your dog is chewing on the legs of sofas, mattresses and pillows, or an adult dog suddenly begins to chew on household items, which is uncharacteristic for her, see if the reason for this lies in the condition of the dog's teeth. Check if the gums are bleeding, if there is a smell from the mouth, check the condition of the teeth: if there is tartar, chipped teeth, loose teeth, abscesses; see if food is stuck between your teeth. If there is a medical problem, then first you need to cure the dog, and then solve the problem with gnawing.
Nowadays, it has become common to brush a dog's teeth. It is very useful. Buy a soft bristled toothbrush for your dog. Store it separately from other family members' brushes. In addition, each dog should have its own toothbrush. Make them different colors. Teeth can be cleaned with different substances: aloe gel, to which you can add vitamin C powder, 3% hydrogen peroxide, to which you can add baking soda. Most pet stores now offer a dog teeth cleaning kit. You can try this too. Depending on the condition of the teeth, how quickly tartar forms, how sensitive the gums are, you can brush your dog's teeth from once a day to once a week.
Adult dogs may chew on objects out of anxiety, boredom, frustration, or anger. Adult dogs become restless because they don't like being alone. They suffer from separation. The dog is in the company of its owners all day and suddenly the owners go to work, the children go to college or go to summer camp. The dog has to get used to new conditions, and he begins to worry.
If your dog is restless because he has been left alone, it is best to give him toys that are soaked in food scent. If the dog is left alone and is nervous, then he especially wants to nibble for the first 15 minutes. If you release her tension in the first minutes after she was left alone, then you have a chance to solve this problem. The setting is also very important. Try to keep quiet music or a related TV program. But not an animal program that can drive your dog crazy!
This will help to gradually lengthen the time the dog is alone. Alternate short periods of time with long ones so that the dog can cope with the problem.
Make your coming home pleasant for your dog by giving him special attention. Dogs live for these moments. Your dog will be satisfied if you pet him, walk with him, or pat him. If she is very horny, do not feed her right away. Let her calm down first. If you return home and see that the dog has chewed something and you started yelling at it, it will be even more nervous. If the dog cannot be relied upon, then give it a more suitable room. Try to determine in advance what your dog may like and spray these things with some kind of bitter solution. You will find many anti-gnawing products at the pet store. This medication should be used daily before leaving. Let the things that the dog should chew on will be attractive to him, and those that should not be tasteless.
Dogs that are terribly destructive can be dangerous to themselves and to the home. In severe cases, you will want to lock your dog somewhere. And this is really necessary if the dog, left alone, chews on wires or other dangerous objects. Even so, you can gradually train your dog to be more free.
Katie Burman, Bill Landesman. Training your dog