Chewing 101

red mastiff kong

Kongs are great to prevent chewing

My dog chews, and it is so fustrating! What can I do?

Start by making meal time more challenging. Interactive feeders such as the Kong Wobblers, Busy buddies, and the buster cube are a natural, healthy, and playful solution to add value to kibble, prevent boredom, and allows dogs to use their natural foraging instincts. These promote natural eating habits by requiring dogs to forage for their feasts. Moreover, by prolonging feeding times, they reduce the risks for bloat, chewing, regurgitation, and canine obesity. Dogs quickly learn to “chase” their food through, making dinnertime feel more like a hunt. It’s time to throw out your food bowl and make the switch to interactive feeding.

You can also curb these behaviors are upping the exercise. Excess energy never goes to good uses and can often cause build up frustration or anxiety. Chewing is one way dogs eliminate excess energy.

I don’t want you to think you have to take up jogging there are much easier ways to give your dog a appropriate outlett for the energy. Weighted back packs can be bought online to make your normal walks more effective, flirt poles, scavenger hunts for treats and toys tier out the mind, and interactive feeders (kong wobbler ($11.00) make feeding time a physical and mental challenge.

Chewing is a must for a dog, but we have to offer them toys in a EFFECTIVE way.

Remember the first day you gave you dog his beloved toy?

He probably doesn’t play as much with it as he did the first day. We have the power to keep these toys magical by switching them out frequently.

I normally suggest a person has 3-4 toys that they switch our daily. When selecting toys keep in mind what objects your dog likes to chew up of yours?

Is it the remote to your tv?  Then Nylabones are probably a good option.

Is it your wooden entrainment stand?  Than Lykwood chews are probably your best option.

Some good toys are:

  • Kong (stuff it with different things and freeze it)
  • Kong wobbler
  • Busy Buddy
  • Tricky treat ball
  • Raw bones

The key is to only give your dog these high value rewards when he is likely to chew and take them away the majority of time. This keeps them regarded as high value in your dog’s mind.

What do you do if you catch your dog chewing? Walk up to your dog quickly tell them “no” and offer them a good toy. Than try to reengage them in the inappropriate toy, if they go for it tell them “no”, when they stop reward them with the other okay toy. Repeat until you offer the inappropriate object and they look for the good toy.

Chewing is a common problem in adolescent dogs, but the good news in it is highly preventable and manageable.

Kenneling is great for when you are out of the house, but make sure you take time to properly introduce the crate to your dog. The last thing you want is a hundred plus pound dog who doesn’t want to be crated. Give your dog best toys while he is in the crate. Kenneling fully stops chewing unsafe object and helps with other behavior problems too.  To kennel train your dog visit this link.

Almost every dog has an assortment of toys, but after a few days these toys become boring and dogs begin to lose interest. To prevent this from happing you should have at least four different toys that they are given only when you leave. 

For example:

Monday when you leave for work he gets a buffalo bone. When you come home it gets taken away and put in the freezer. (This gets him to associate positive things when you are leaving the house) Tuesday when you leave he gets an elk antler, when you come home that gets taken away and so one.

Remember the best way to help tier out a dog are things that work mind and body, so consider doing scavenger hunts with HIGH VALUE rewards hidden around the house in upside down food bowls, hidden Kong toys, and natural bones. Natural bones can be a huge stress reliever for dogs working similar to a baby’s pacifier. Good bone options include ham hocks, buffalo shins, pig ears, hooves and antlers. Dogs are very smart and can become bored quickly so you should have at least three types of natural bones. Set these up before you leave the house in the morning or when you need some peace and quiet.

Remember that supervision, exercise and enrichment is the best solution for chewing.

Mastiff Chewing

A kong is a must for training




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