Dog Chewing and Biting Behaviors

Chewing and biting are natural behaviors for dogs but they can become problematic when the chewing either becomes destructive or excessive. The reasons for poor chewing behaviors usually boil down to health, behavioral, or psychological issues.

Dog biting base of tail but no fleas or ticks

Here are a few common reasons for dogs that bite the base of their tail (even if there are no signs of fleas and other parasites).

Puppy doesn't chew, only swallows

Here’s what you should do next if your puppy doesn’t chew and only swallows his food.

When dogs don't chew their food

Dogs that don’t chew their food put themselves at great health risk.

When puppies chew the metal crate bars

It’s important to stop a puppy from chewing through the crate bar due to the risk of injuries.

When dog chews your hands

The intent of chewing and licking an owner’s hand is usually harmless. It could be a sign of affection, play, and grooming.

When dogs chew their paws

An underlying health issue may cause dogs to chew their paws and feet.

When dogs bite their nails

Nail-biting is a behavior you want to prevent as fast as you can. It could eventually lead to bleeding if the biting becomes too excessive.

When dogs chew and suck on a blanket

Some dogs show a tendency to chew or suck on soft materials like blankets. This behavior goes back to natural instincts.

When dogs bite while you try to pet them

You shouldn’t always assume that your dog is being aggressive towards you when they try to bite while you pet them. This behavior could be triggered by causes that makes the dog feel vulnerable.

When dogs chew and eat rocks

Rock chewing and eating can become a serious health threat as the rocks can cause obstruction in the dog’s digestive tract.

When dogs chew their tail until it bleeds

Tail-chewing could be a result of boredom or health-related issues that’s creating discomfort and pain in the area.

When dogs chew and eat the carpet

Bored and anxious dogs are likely to engage in destructive chewing behaviors, such as eating the carpet and other fabric-based materials.

When dogs chew and bite another dog's ear

Biting another dog’s ear could indicate a number of signs such as wanting to play or groom.

When dogs keep biting their legs

Leg-biting behaviors may be an indication of poor physical and mental health.

When dogs chew and scratch themselves raw

Dogs that chew and scratch themselves raw is a red flag and must be treated quickly to prevent further infections and behavioral problems.

Dog has swelling after being bitten by another dog

Did your dog get bitten by another dog? Learn how to deal with an urgent situation like this that requires immediate vet attention.

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