How to control destructive chewing?

Chewing is an integral part of the canine behavior. These animals use their mouth for many tasks because they don’t have any hands nor fingers. The oral cavity functions as a limb for holding, carrying, pulling and at the same time, self defense. This is the reason why the mouth of a dog needs to be developed and highly coordinated. For young dogs and puppies, the development of this organ may take a little time and at certain period, they can develop destructive behavior not favorable to humans. Usually, they chew on slippers, rags, bed sheets or anything they can find lying or draping on the floor. So what can you do to control this behavior? Here are some tips.
First, never ever throw all your irritation and anger to your dog. This may not be helpful because such behavior can further induce the anxiety of your dog. Yes, he will surely stop at whatever he is doing because you would come lunging and shouting at him, but making him scared of you is not the key. Instead of stopping the chewing, you might actually promote anxiety behavior on your dog and that includes further chewing. When removing the object from your dog’s mouth, gently pull it with force. Do not hurt your dog nor shout at him. If he is resisting, pull the scruff to assert authority and slowly remove the object from the mouth. There are stubborn dogs who would still keep on hanging onto the object. Just in case this happens, try to get a treat, a food bowl or anything that will surely divert the dog’s attention. Furthermore, you should also show your dog that the ownership of that object belongs to you and not his. Use verbal cues, your energy and body language to send this signal to your dog. You can also leave some interactive chew toys around that he can play with. Just make sure never to leave them too long that your dog will think that it is always readily available. This will lessen the excitement of your pet towards the toy and will easily bore him off. Trying the above tricks will surely help you control your dog’s chewing; however, if the problem still persists and is already a threat to the safety of your home and family, it is best so seek professional help.

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