Dogs can and will chew things. It’s a very natural way for them to relieve stress and boredom while staying calm and happy. It’s also a great way of keeping their teeth healthy. For young dogs, chewing helps to strengthen their teeth and gums. For older dogs, it’s a great way of reducing tartar.
Chewing isn’t a ‘puppy problem‘. All dogs enjoy chewing throughout their lives. There are lots of different ways to encourage this natural behaviour in a way that benefits your dog.
How to stop unwanted chewing
Sometimes, things can get out of hand, especially when your dog starts chewing valuables or things that could harm them. Good news is, there are a number of things you can do.
The best place to start is by ensuring belongings and valuables are tidied away and out of reach of your dog. The next thing to do is buy a selection of chew toys for your dog or puppy. These could include rubber toys, especially ones that can be put in the freezer to calm gum inflammation in teething pups.
There are also plenty of edible items you can give your dog that require a lot of chewing, like cow ears, veggie chews, antlers and hooves. Always keep an eye on your dog when they’re given one of these and swap the last slimy mouthful for a tasty treat to avoid any risk of choking.