How To Train A Dog Not To Chew

How To Train A Dog Not To Chew


Compared to other bad habits, dogs chewing isn’t that big of a deal. It’s pretty natural for puppies to chew and explore the world, and it can actually be good for their teeth. But if you want your dog to stop chewing, it’s possible with patience and training.

You’re Not Alone—It’s Natural

You’re not alone—chewing is a natural part of dog behavior. They do it for many reasons: to relieve anxiety, boredom, teething pain and even stress. You may also see your dog chewing on objects around the house simply because he likes their taste or texture (think about how often you chew gum).

It’s important to remember that chewing is normal and healthy for dogs of all ages. However, if you are concerned about your pup’s safety (e.g., if he chews through electrical cords), there are steps that you can take to deter him from finding things to gnaw on in the first place

The First Step? Rule Out Medical Problems

The first step in training your dog not to chew is to check with your vet. If your pup’s chewing is caused by an underlying medical issue, you can treat the medical issue and then train your dog not to chew. If it turns out that your dog is chewing because of boredom or anxiety—and this can happen if you work long hours or don’t spend enough time with them—you’ll need to attack that problem directly before trying any training methods for curbing chewing habits.

Keep Things Tidy And Out Of Reach

The best way to keep your dog from chewing on things is to make sure he has nothing on which to chew. It may sound silly, but it’s true. Put away all of your shoes, clothes and other items that are off-limits for chewing. If you have a puppy, you can use this time to teach him the rules about what he can and cannot eat or chew on. Just be patient with him as he tries new things and remembers how much fun it is!

Provide Alternatives

  • Provide Alternatives

There is no one treatment that works for every dog. Some need to be physically separated from their owners, while others can be kept on a leash or in a crate. Obviously, the best way to train your dog not to chew is by preventing them from chewing in the first place! This is where providing alternatives comes in handy.

  • Choose Your Chew Toy Wisely

If your pet has a tendency toward destructive chewing, you may want to start off with a rubber or nylon toy that’s easy for them not only for their safety but also for yours–you don’t want them gnawing on something dangerous!

  • Find The Right Time To Stick With It

It’s important not only how you train your pup but also when; this means finding an appropriate time when there are no distractions around—and no other pets around either because if there are then there will be more competition among each other which could cause more problems with aggressive behavior all around.”

Reinforce Good Choices

  • Reinforce good behavior. When your dog makes the right choice, reward them. This is especially useful for puppies. The best way to show your dog that chewing on a bone or toy is acceptable is by rewarding them with treats when they do so. You can also praise them or give them a pat on the head as well as giving them praise and encouraging words when they make good choices.
  • Don’t reinforce bad behavior with attention or affection (or anything else). If you give your dog attention when they chew something inappropriate, it won’t learn that chewing on things like shoes and furniture isn’t allowed—instead, it will just continue doing what worked in the past: chewing things up! Likewise, if you constantly pet your dog while they’re licking their paws after being outside in wet grass (or any other reason), then this action will become associated with being outdoors and enjoying themselves rather than being wet from playing outside in rain or snowfall; therefore leading to more frequent paw-licking behavior because it’s somehow rewarding for them to lick themselves after getting dirty by running around outside!

Ask For Help

You can also ask for help. There are several professionals you can turn to, including your vet and a dog trainer. Talk to a dog behaviorist or behavior consultant as well if you feel like this is something that has been going on for a long time and needs more than just some advice from friends or family members who may not be experts in the field of canine behavior.

Training your dog not to chew can be difficult, but with some patience and a lot of training, it is possible.

  • Train your dog to chew on appropriate things.
  • Keep your dog’s mouth and teeth clean.
  • Make sure your dog has enough exercise.
  • Make sure your dog has enough mental stimulation.
  • Make sure your dog has enough physical stimulation.
  • Make sure your dog has enough social stimulation


In closing, I want to reiterate that we understand how frustrating it can be when your dog is chewing up everything in sight. And it’s a common problem—one that we’ve seen so many times before. We hope these tips will help you to stop your dog from chewing, but if you have any questions or would like some more resources, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or stop by the store. And remember, you can always find more information on our website.

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