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My dog is chewing everything.

Hi Jennifer
Im going out of my mind, my dog eats everything she can get her paws on,
she’s even chewing my walls
Frustrated Dad

Hey frustrated Dad
I hear you, big guy, It can be a little hair raising watching your furkid slowly demolish everything in site.
If your dog is chewing but doesn’t actually ingest the object and just gnaws on something to satisfy her urge to chew, we need to provide plenty of appropriate things for her to play with and chew, while also creating lost of interactive games times like throwing a ball or playing tug-of-war, we want to try disturb her inappropriate behaviour and give her a more suitable one in it’s place.

Keep in mind that when you give your dog appropriate chew items and toys, you’ll need to make sure that they’re extremely durable so that she doesn’t bite off large chunks and choke. If your dog starts to eat inappropriate objects try and quickly swap the item with something that she can chew. Inedible objects can cause illness or internal blockages if your dog swallows them so if you cannot supervise your girl at all times, I suggest you look into crate training her so that she can be kept safe and so can your walls and furniture.

A tired dog is also less destructive so try and provide lots of mental and physical exercise. Try giving your dog a variety of brain toys, such as a food-stuffed KONGS™ and safe things to chew like Nylabones.Play dates are great distractions so are walks.
It’s always a big help if your dog has a reliable recall. Not just for her inappropriate chewing but also as a
safe life skill. You can use the reliable recall to call her away from dangerous items that she might pick up and try to eat.

Another great exercise is to teach your dog the “leave it” and “drop it” cue, and then use it to ask her to
leave inedible objects alone with these cues.
You can also use taste deterrents on items your dog is inappropriately chewing on. Useful deterrents for
dogs include finely ground black pepper, crushed hot pepper and Tabasco® sauce. You must consistently apply whichever deterrent you choose to all desirable items your dog can access.

Well I hope these few pointers will help. If you need any guidance on how to put into practice any of these suggestions just drop me an email.

Love and Licks
Jennifer
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