Chewing is entirely normal behavior for our four-legged friends. Dogs use their mouths to explore the world around them in a way that humans use their hands! It is interesting to know that chewing will accomplish many things for a dog, regardless of age. Even though chewing is normal, dogs sometimes direct their chewing towards inappropriate items such as furniture. This article will detail why dogs chew and offer solutions to help prevent them from chewing on the furniture.
It would help if you determined the root cause of your dog’s chewing. Possible reasons may include:
- They want attention
- Separation anxiety
- Puppy teething
All of the issues listed above can be addressed. One of the best things you can do to prevent your dog from chewing on furniture is to supervise them. We recommend that you confine them when you cannot keep an eye on them. Explore a “safe place” that is dog-proof! Providing your dog with plenty of physical and mental exercise will also help prevent destructive chewing. Think about it. Your dog may be bored if they are not getting enough stimulation!
You may also give your dog different items to chew on to prevent them from chewing on the furniture. Dog toys are a great option! The good thing about dog toys is that they also provide a lot of mental stimulation! Kong’s are another option. This rubber toy can be filled with a treat that will keep your dog occupied for extended periods!
You need to be patient with your dog. If your dog chews on furniture, do not scold or punish them after the fact. The best thing you can do is to keep them confined to a “dog-proof” area. This will lessen the stress for everyone!