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Tip of the Month: Chewing

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  • Be aware that chewing is a natural dog behavior. It is rewarding to the dog or he wouldn’t be doing it. The dog has no ulterior motive for chewing, such as anger or spite–the behavior simply works for him! To truly change the behavior, which is what training is meant to accomplish, you need to either change the motivation for the behavior or redirect the behavior.
    ~Ann Allums , CPDT-KA, Best Friends Animal Society, Kanab, UT

  • If chewing is a problem with your dog, take preventive measures like putting your possessions out of his reach. Leave three to five very interesting toys on the floor for him, which should vary in type–some should have squeakers, some should be fuzzy, and some should be able to be filled with food. Praise your dog for chewing his toys.
    ~Laurie Luck , CPDT-KA, KPACTP, Smart Dog University, LLC, Mount Airy, MD

  • Puppies and some adult dogs explore with their mouths. Creating a safe environment could mean the difference between life and death for your dog. Keep everything he should not have out of his environment. Dog toys should be size appropriate–never give your dog a toy that is so small that it can get stuck in his mouth or throat or swallowed.
    ~Daina Beckman , Happy Tails Dog Behavior & Training, Hornell, NY

  • Some dogs chew on leashes as a way to pacify themselves. For example, in the shelter environment, dogs who become anxious when they see other dogs may chew on their leashes in lieu of barking, lunging, or showing some other kind of displeasure. A chain leash helps save leashes, but it does nothing to help the anxious dog. A hollow rubber toy, slid over the chain leash, will give the anxious dog a pacifier to chew on to help him stay calm in stressful situations.
    ~Pamela Semanik , CPDT-KA, Walton Hills, OH

  • It’s important to know your dog’s habits to spot if he has chewed on and swallowed anything dangerous. A change in defecating or urinating habits, vomiting, acting lethargic, or not eating or drinking are all signs of a blocked bowel or stomach or other serious problems. Most people wait longer than they should to call their veterinarian when their dog is sick. Call your veterinarian at the first sign of illness.
    ~Daina Beckman , Happy Tails Dog Behavior & Training, Hornell, NY

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Excerpted from Top Tips from Top Trainers – 1001 Practical Tips and Techniques for Successful Dog Care and Training © 2010 T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Used by Permission.

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