Any tips for dogs that chew everything?

asked 2015-05-17 21:18:06 -0600

We love our dog, but she chews just about everything. Any tips on preventing this problem?

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answered 2015-05-18 16:56:10 -0600

We have had success with bitter apple spray. We had our dog watch us spray it on our fingers and let her lick it to verify that she didn't care for the taste. We then sprayed anything that we didn't want her to chew on and she didn't. It also works for getting dogs to stop licking/chewing hot spots. At this point we only need to let her smell the bottle and pretend to spray it for her to get the idea. In addition to the spray, when you see her chewing on something that she shouldn't, tell her to stop/ drop it/leave it (whichever command you choose) and exchange it for a more appropriate/appealing toy.I would also praise her when you see her chewing a toy instead of something bad. If you do this every time she should learn what is ok to chew and what is not. Its also important to figure out why she is chewing things. If it ids because she is bored, teething or has excess energy that she doesn't know how to spend, those are easier to address than if she chews due to anxiety.

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Agreed. Be sure to follow through with the training in addition to any deterrents like the bitter apple spray.. the spray can be an acquired taste, especially if paired with something your dog likes, such as chewing. It may lose its effectiveness over time unless you also teach her an appropriate outlet for her chewing needs like Darlene suggests.

Laura R.'s profile image Laura R.  ( 2015-05-18 18:35:55 -0600 ) edit
answered 2015-05-19 16:09:29 -0600

I had 2 labradors that were both heavy chewers. I found that Nylabone was perfect for them. It allowed them to chew on something without destroying it in minutes. A bonus was their beautiful clean teeth.

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