Top 3 Reasons Why Your Dog Chews on Everything

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Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs but what isn’t natural is when a dog starts to chew everything in his path. Here are the most common reasons that may explain destructive chewing behaviors from dogs.

1. Inadvertently rewarding dogs that chew

You may have unknowingly rewarded and reinforced an unwanted behavior. Think about the earlier times when your dog chewed something he shouldn’t have. How did you react? Did you try to stop the dog and give him a treat? From a dog’s perspective, you just rewarded the dog for chewing the object! Your dog now might be chewing everything around him and expecting a reward for the behavior.

2. Separation anxiety and boredom

Dogs are more likely to engage in destructive behaviors if they are highly anxious or bored. Imagine you are locked in the house all day with nothing to do. Some dogs will try to find things to do on their own. Chewing is a coping strategy for boredom and anxiety. Naturally, they will start to chew on everything to get some relief.

3. Your dog is sick

Underlying health problems can also cause dogs to chew on everything. The discomfort and pain can cause dogs to chew the closest things to them. Health problems aren’t always visible. Senior dogs, for example, may engage in destructive chewing behaviors due to issues with their joint.

How to stop a dog from chewing on everything

Punishment is not the answer to stopping the dog’s destructive chewing behavior. If anything, it will make the behavior worse, especially if the dog was already in an anxious or stressed state.

The first step to diagnosing the chewing issue is to check for health issues. Take your dog to the vet for a proper diagnosis if you notice your dog showing concerning or unusual signs.

If health isn’t the issue, make sure the dog is getting plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Dogs require at least one or two decent walks per day. It will allow them to burn off the extra energy. That energy could be currently used when the dog is chewing on everything.

Make sure there are plenty of dog toys and chew toys to redirect the dog’s attention towards. Ideally, it shouldn’t be the same toy every day. Rotate the chew toys so the dog never gets bored of one.

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