You’re not alone if you’ve ever caught your dog chewing on their
blanket. Many canine companions have a penchant for nibbling on their
cozy bedding. While it may seem like a peculiar habit, there are
several reasons why dogs engage in this behavior.
One of the primary reasons dogs chew on blankets is rooted in their
instincts. Puppies, in particular, explore the world through their
mouths like human infants do. Chewing is soothing and a way for them
to relieve discomfort associated with teething. As dogs age, the habit
may persist as a comforting or self-soothing behavior akin to a child
sucking their thumb.
Another reason dogs may chew on blankets is due to anxiety or boredom.
Just as humans might engage in nail-biting or fidgeting when nervous,
dogs may use chewing as a coping mechanism. Blankets, with their soft
texture and familiar scent, can provide security in stressful
situations. Additionally, when dogs are bored or understimulated, they
may seek out activities to occupy their time, and chewing on a nearby
blanket can be a way to combat the monotony.
To address this behavior, you must provide your dog with appropriate
alternatives. Offering chew toys designed for dogs can redirect their
need to nibble on a safe and durable item. If anxiety or boredom is a
root cause, consider increasing physical and mental stimulation
through play, exercise, and puzzle toys. While some dogs may always be
fond of blanket chewing, understanding the underlying reasons behind
the behavior and providing suitable alternatives can help keep your
dog and their favorite bedding safe and happy.