Author - Junior Watson

Q&A: Help! My Puppy Won’t Take “NO” for an Answer.

My 5 month old Westie is in to everything. Nothing is safe if he can reach it with his teeth; glasses, remote, loves anything paper, etc. There’s nothing he won’t grab.” NO” doesn’t work nor does spray or time out. If you try to push him away, he’ll nip your hands. We’ve moved everything we could at least three feet from the floor and leave nothing on end tables. Sometimes, we forget then the fun begins with “catch me if you can”. He has lots of toys which he does play with frequently but walks around just looking for anything to snatch from the time he gets up. Help!!! ~Catherine 

Hello Cathrine! Let me sum this up if I can, then address each aspect.

You have a 5-month-old West Highland Terrier puppy that has a chewing issue, possible slight resource guarding (potential aggression when taking his ‘resources- toys, food, etc), and likes to play ‘chase’.

Quick Note: Before reading any of the following, avoid any physical punishment corrections with your puppy. Absolutely no uncomfortable aversives before adulthood. Now that that is out of the way-

Puppy Proof
If your pup gets into everything, the first thing you want to do (and it sounds like you’re on the right track) puppy proof any area your westie can access. Make sure to place any electrical cords or small, hard choking hazards out of reach- especially important!

5 months is past the teething stage, so at least you have that working for you.

Puppy Energy
First, you have an energetic breed for a small dog, and puppies that age are very high energy in general. I’m sure your westie becomes bored very easily. I know exactly what that is like! Puppies can seem like a full-time job.

About an hour a day of exercise is recommended for an adult West Highland Terrier, but puppies are a whole new ball game. Don’t just stop at walks, if you walk your pup. Provide individual attention and enrichment activities. You can follow this link for some fun possibilities, or this one.

If you tire your pup out this won’t be as much of an issue. Again, I know very well how hard it can be to tire a puppy!

Lasting Toys
If your westie is easily bored, have you tried longer lasting toys? You could try the occasional ‘Kong filled with frozen peanut butter, yogurt, or banana mixture’ treats. He’ll have to work at getting the contents out of the Kong, and even more so after a night in the freezer.

Bite Inhibition Training
Puppies learn to control their bite pressure with their littermates in those first few weeks of play. Consider this- one pup clamps down a bit too hard, the other pup yelps and scurries away; play stops. This is the last thing the biter wants- he wants the game to continue- so he doesn’t bite so hard next time.

But this isn’t enough for you. You want him to avoid your skin altogether. Also called ‘soft mouth’ training, if you want to look it up, this method simulates that puppy play behavior exactly!

Kind of let out a small yelp next time your pup bites at you like you’re actually injured. If you are playing a game and your westie is focused on the game, not the toy, immediately stop playing. If the game is what your pup wants, he will learn to avoid your skin if he wants it to continue.

If you can safely, take away whatever toy he is playing with. Don’t ‘try’ to take it, take it. If you can’t take the toy safely, then don’t try. By successfully using his teeth, your westie could learn those teeth can solve problems. That is the last thing you want.

You can resume playing 20 or so minutes later.

Resource Guarding
From what you’ve described, this is my biggest fear for you and your little one. Countless larger dogs end up suffering because handlers don’t know how to cope with this behavior, which can turn from innocent play biting to actual aggression biting.

Many dogs feel a natural instinct to guard their possessions (food, toys), and can react aggressively if you try to threaten those possessions. Thankfully, your westie is a small breed, and resource guarding is easy to treat!

If your pup was protective of his food, you would offer a more valuable treat when coming around that food. Your pup would learn that you aren’t a threat to his food and he doesn’t need to fear you taking it away, but rather your presence means good things!

Reward Success, Don’t Punish Failures
If you’re having trouble getting that object out of his mouth, teach the ‘drop it’ command followed by rewarding with a treat. Eventually, your pup will learn that reward is coming when he relinquishes the toy upon your request.

The Chase
This is a mistake I made many years ago with a Jack Rusell/Border Collie mix, so I understand exactly what you are going through! If you chase your pup, ‘the chase’ itself could become a game more fun than any treat or toy he has. The entire point for him is to get you to chase him.

At the time, I was caring for two very high energy, prey driven breeds rolled into one. The combination of personality traits made this especially troubling. No matter the value of the food, he would rather run. I could have tossed a prime rib and it wouldn’t have mattered!

Thankfully, your situation probably isn’t so extreme. The most valuable lesson I can teach from that is -Don’t Chase. Don’t play the game. Lure your pup to you with some type of food reward if you can. If you must chase, make sure it ends abruptly and your pup doesn’t have time to find enjoyment.

Crate Training
Finally, I would always heavily recommend crate training for absolutely any puppy, but especially one that loves to put anything in his mouth.

Q&A: Help! Our Dog is Afraid of Riding in the Car!

Hello, Our rescue dog is terrified to get into a car or truck. He’s 8 months old and a Aussy/Lab mix. How can we get him more comfortable with riding in the car? Thanks you. ~Lana K.

Your 8-month-old rescue is terrified of the truck, and you’re trying to make him feel secure? Don’t worry, I can help! The actual training won’t start until step three below.

Step One: Ask yourself ‘why’ your rescue is terrified of the truck. Is it loud noise? Poor suspension? Previous accident? Or perhaps a negative experience with a former owner? Treating the problem will be easier once you can figure out why it is happening.

Step Two: Whenever you can, relate positive experiences to the truck! Plenty of praise, food, or other pleasant incentives! You want your pup to associate good things with your car rides, not fear.

Never punish your pup; relate only positivity. Unless absolutely necessary, try not to force your puppy into something he is afraid of.

Step Three: Start small (and I mean small). At first, just try walking your pup around the truck, showering him with praise, and rewarding him with treats. You are solely creating positive associations while not overwhelming him too early. The principle is called counter conditioning via desensitization if you want to read more.

Step Four: After doing this a few times, preferably after a few days, you can help your pup into the truck. Sit there for a little in your driveway, play with your pet in the back, etc. Reward your puppy for getting into the truck.

Once he is comfortable with this, you can go for short drives down the street, or around the block. It’s important to move slowly, gradually, letting your pet adjust in his own time. I completely understand why that might not always be possible, so there is another option during those first days.

Medication Option
Your veterinarian can prescribe calming medication, or at the very least discuss that option n depth with you. Even something as simple as Benadryl can have a mild sedative effect and make those rides easier.

I would always suggest discussing any medications with your veterinarian to rule out any potential complications, but the dosage is 1mg. Per pound of bodyweight. This is an exception; many human medications we wouldn’t think twice about can cause harm. If you check the active ingredients, it should be 100% Diphenhydramine

Q&A: How to stop my dog from barking at bedtime?

Hello…My dog, who is now 1-1/2 has started barking at bedtime. In the past, we have let her sleep on her dog bed downstairs and we retire to the second floor. This worked until 1 month ago when she started barking at the gate at the bottom of the stairs. This can go on for an hour. What should I do? ~Mary T.

It sounds like you’re in a noisy puppy predicament! Before I get into the explanations, let me say barking is as natural for a dog as yelling for us.

So you say your 1.5-year-old puppy (older puppy) has just begun barking, where she hadn’t before. I’ve never raised a young pup that would bark incessantly either; not until they reached young adulthood. It almost seems they begin barking with confidence! If you’re looking at a behavioral training approach, you’ll have to understand why she is barking exactly.

Possibility One: Barking can become a learned behavior if your pup figures out she will eventually get what she wants. There is little difference between a puppy barking at the gate downstairs for an hour and a puppy whining inside her crate for an hour because she doesn’t like the confinement- if that is the reason.

This is only one possible answer, but the training method would involve ignoring her continuously until eventually she figures barking is useless; she won’t get what she wants. If this is the case, someone would have likely given in and let her upstairs at one point.

Possibility Two: She is in some sort of physical pain, or frightened about something at night. She may become extra anxious at night when alone, while your company provides comfort. Increased anxiety in the evenings or when secluded tends to be more common in aging dogs, but consider speaking with your veterinarian next checkup just to rule out any possible medical causes.

Your vet might suggest medication to assist her sleeping, but try to exhaust all other avenues before going that route with a puppy.

Possibility Three: Barking, or increased alertness, is a very common trait in her breed (depending on her breed). For example, Shetland Sheepdogs, several Collies, or Great Pyrenees were selectively bred for their alertness. Most owners will tell you they will bark at absolutely anything unusual they don’t like. Your girl might also have a very high prey drive, although this might not be your case if she just barks at the stairwell.

The solution here would be to gently acknowledge any distraction (while trying to limit any possible distractions), showing your girl you have everything in control, you’re perfectly calm, and there is nothing to worry about. I can’t guarantee she will stop if this is the reason.

My Advice:
Without knowing your dog or particular situation, it sounds like you just need to remain calm and ignore her (or try to) until she learns she can’t get what she wants by barking. Don’t acknowledge it, and eventually, the barking should stop as she gains comfort in her solitude.

You might also compromise, and make room for her crate (assuming you’ve crate trained her) in your bedroom. If you do that, it may be even more difficult to get her to stay downstairs alone.

How To Get Your Dog Sleep In Its New Create?

It is common among dog owners who prefer crates, that their dog does not get used to them at all and they cry, moan or bark every night before going to sleep.

Training your dog to get used to using its crate may require a little time and patience, but it is something that can be achieved with these simple tips.

Choose The Right Crate.
There is a great variety of dog crates in the market; you just need to find the one that best suits your dog’s characteristics and needs. The most important thing is that the crate has enough space for the dog to stretch and lie down in different ways.

Choose A Suitable Place For The Crate.
Place the crate in a place where the family spends more time, like in the living room, this will prevent the dog from feeling separated from the other members of the family.

Make The Crate a Nice Place for Your Dog.
In order for the dog to feel encouraged to enter the crate, you should make it his happy zone, place a blanket or soft towel, some treats and its favorite toys inside, this way it will begin to associate its crate with positive things.

Don’t force it. If your dog refuses to go in at first, you’ll just need more positive reinforcement, such as putting on a shirt with your scent on it, as dogs are very much guided by smell. Let it go in and out of its crate without problems, don’t force it to be there or it will see it as some kind of punishment.

Close The Door Gradually.
Use intervals of 5 minutes or less at first, make sure you are around, gradually leave it longer with the door closed and walk away, so it understands that it is still safe.

Put the dog in the crate at night.
The best thing is to go for a walk with the dog before bedtime so that it finds its energy used up when it returns, this will make it refuse to sleep in the crate less.

Use a command that it associates with going to the crate as “go to the crate” or “crate”. It’s hard, but ignore if the dog cries or complains, as long as you know he doesn’t do it because he needs to go to the bathroom. If you give in, otherwise the dog will know that by crying it will get what it wants.
We hope these simple tricks will help your dog sleep in its crate.

8 Essential Steps To Bringing A New Dog Into The Home

When you are bringing a new dog into the home for the very first time, you should not jump straight in without preparing the dog, your family, or even your furnishing. You certainly do not want your dog to be afraid of your overzealous children, or you wouldn’t want your dog to start destroying the furnishing in your house. With that, let us take a look at the 8 essential steps to bringing a new dog into the home for the first time.

Prep your family

If you intend to introduce a new pet to your family, always make it a point to prep them first as you wouldn’t want your overzealous child to scare the new dog with their enthusiasm.

Get the important necessities

Make sure that the you get important items that your dog will need so that you will not be caught unprepared. Some of the items includes:
Dog crate
Dog food
Dog leash and/or collar
Playpen
Dog bed
Water bowl

The above are just some of the important necessities that the dog will need. It is never harmful to over-prepare!
Set their play area, sleeping area, as well as their toilet

It will be good if you can go about to demarcate the dog’s sleeping area, play area, as well as their toilet. This segregation will be helpful next time when it comes to training your dog.

Be calm

Just before you enter the house with your new dog, always ensure that you remain calm at all times. You will need to know that the dog is entering a whole new place for the first time, and as such their sense will be heightened. If you elevate your excitement levels, it will rub off wrongly on your dog.

Bring the dog for a house tour

Instead of letting your new dog run about alone, we will advise you to bring your dog along for a tour in the house. Walk slowly with them and introduce each area with a calm tone. If possible, pet or stroke the dog on their coat as you bring them around as it will help to calm your new dog!

Bring the dog out to tour around the area

Once you manage to bring your dog on a house tour, you should next bring your dog out to tour around the exterior of the house. This will help to get the dog acquainted with its surroundings.

Take a long walk

Once the new dog has toured around your house and the vicinity, it is time to bring it out for a long walk. This helps to serve several purposes.

First, by taking it out for a long walk, you are starting on the process of bonding with your dog. Secondly, during this process, your dog will be naturally curious and will start sniffing during the walk. This is good as it allows your dog to be acquainted with the area. Thirdly, the long walk will inevitably drain your dog’s energy, and this is helpful as you wouldn’t want your new dog to be overly excited in your new house.

Stay energy neutral

This is perhaps the most important step should you want your dog to acknowledge you as the leader of the house. While showing affection is good to the dog, do not over do this as your new dog might disregard you as the leader of the house.

7 Things You Can Do to Find Your Lost Pet

Losing your pet is the last thing you will want to happen to you, especially if you and your pet are literally inseparable. But however careful you are, there is still the chance occurrence of you losing your pet. Indeed, in America itself, millions of dogs and cats are reported lost each year. Should you ever be caught in a situation of your pet running away from you, or if you lose your pet while walking them, fret not as there can be essential steps that you can take to find your lost pet. Here are the top 7 things you can do to find your lost pet so that your heart will not be broken.

Be calm

If you ever lose your pet, the very first thing that you will need to do is to remain calm. While it is normal to fee flustered, you will need a cool head in order to make astute decisions. Note that for every minute you spend flustered will mean your pet have an additional minute to run further away from you.

Check the vicinity first

When you notice that your pet is lost, always make it a point to check the vicinity first. Is your pet hiding behind some shrub? Or is your pet in the alleyway scavenging the trash can for food? Always check for tell tale signs that your pet might be around. This includes their leash lying around or even their personalized collar being found on the floor.

Ask around

If you are still unable to locate your pet, try asking around as a runaway pet can be eye-catching to many. If your pet is lost while you are at home with them, try going to your neighbor and ask them too.

Post Pictures around the suspected area

Assuming that the above methods have not gathered a positive response, you can then try to post pictures around the suspected area that your pet has gone missing. Ideally, the pictures should include details on how to contact you should the pet be found. If you could, put in a reward as it will be enticing for people to contact you should they find your pet.

Post pictures online

In most cases, posts about lost pets on Facebook or Instagram will likely to go viral. Should you lose your pet, one of the best alternatives in finding your pet is by posting pictures of it online and getting people to share the post. It can sometimes be more effective then putting up flyers around the suspected area.

Visit shelters or check the vet

Call up the local shelters or rescue groups as the lost pet might already be recovered and sent to the shelters. In some cases, your pet might be located at the vet as some people might not know where the nearest shelter is and decides to place your pet at the vet.

Sign up for services

There are services that automatically email your neighbors in the event that your pet goes missing. You can use services like FindToto or Lost My Doggie and you will be notified if a neighbor finds your pet!

How To Introduce A Rabbit to your Dog

Rabbits can usually mingle around with other pets pretty well, like for example a cat. However, it can be tricky if you are pairing a rabbit to the dog, as they are primarily very different. You see, dogs are primal by nature since they often regarded as predators when they are in the wild. Rabbits, on the other hand, are regarded as the prey! So it may seem very unlikely or even possible to pair up the rabbit to the dog, hence if you ever intend to introduce a rabbit to your dog, you will need to take extra precaution so that the unique grouping can work out. Here are the essential XX steps that you can take so that the entire procedure can be a stress-free one for your rabbit.

Prep the dog

When you bring the rabbit home for the first time, you should ensure that your dog is proper prepped for the occasion. By this, we mean that your dog should have been trained to respond to your commands, whether by using a training collar or by using a clicker. This is essential as you do not want the dog to rush to the rabbit at the first instance without responding to your command.

Choosing a proper place

To introduce the rabbit to the dog for the first time, always ensure that you have selected a place that is neutral, and this means selecting a place that is not frequented by the dog. Some examples are the kitchen or even in your bedroom, assuming if the dog is not allowed into both areas. This will help to ensure that the dog does not bring up its territorial senses.

Place rabbit in enclosure

Once you have decided on the neutral ground, place the rabbit into its enclosure and bring it into the area. At this point of time, the dog should not be present yet. Allow the rabbit to sit in that position for about an hour or two to allow it to acclimatize to the new environment. If the rabbit is showing signs of stress, you should delay the introduction of the dog as you wouldn’t want the first session to be a bad encounter or experience for your rabbit. Signs of stress includes biting on the enclosure or fidgeting around the enclosure itself.

Put the dog on a leash

If the rabbit is showing no sense of anxiety issues, you can proceed to bring the dog into the neutral space, but with a leash on. Get a family member to help carry the dog and slowly inch into the room while you keep a watchful eye on your rabbit’s reaction.

Proper introduction

This is perhaps the most crucial step. For the first proper introduction, you must pay extra attention not to exhibit any sudden movements that might scare your rabbit. Allow the dog to slowly inch towards the enclosure and let it sniff around the place. I would suggest peppering in positive words so that the dog is encouraged to explore in a friendly and none-domineering manner. Once you notice that the dog is responding correctly, you can start to bring the pair closer together.

Removal of enclosure

Assuming that all of the above have been done properly, you can remove the enclosure, but take note not to allow the dog to have a free reign of movement. Keep it tightly leashed so that you are still in control of the dog. You can allow the rabbit to slowly inch towards the dog rather than the other way around. If the rabbit decides to run away anyway, it is a sign that it is still not comfortable in meeting the dog, and you should stop the session.

Keep a watchful eye

If both the dog and the rabbit are showing no signs of resistance or distress, you can allow a little bit more freedom to the dog. Gradually, the dog should be allowed to move around freely. However, that being said, you should not leave the rabbit and the dog together alone without your supervision at least for the first few meetings as you want to be sure that the dog will not be aggressive towards the rabbit.

Bite sized session

To ensure that the introductory sessions can be kept as positive as possible, keep each session short. !0 minutes will be a good duration for a positive session.

Separate feeding areas

Keep the feeding areas separate so that territorial boundaries are not breached.

Wrapping up

In time to come, both the rabbit and the dog will be comfortable with one another. While the training might take some time, the extra bit of patience is ce

How To Help Animals During The Coronavirus Outbreak

The current pandemic is perhaps the worst that we will ever see in our lifetime. It has brought about economic hardship to most people, and since most of us are in a lockdown stage, it has rendered us immobile for long periods of time, and there is no inking when conditions can improve. Business have come to a complete halt, and even shelters are forced to close down as many of these are run on a non-profit basis. If things do not improve, we might see more animals being put to sleep due to insufficient funds to maintain them, or some of them might be let loose on the streets, which will create a whole new set of problems for everyone else.
If you are an animal lover, or you simply wish to help the community, then read on to find out how you can help animals during the Coronavirus outbreak and how everyone’s help matters.

Volunteer at Shelters

During this tough and tricky period, you can do your bit to help the shelters stay afloat or even by offering your skills to help the public know about their plight. If you are skilled in advertising, you can offer your skills as a digital marketer to craft out compelling advertisements that can draw more attention to the shelters’ needs during the pandemic. You can also simply volunteer at the shelters so that you can spend more time with the animals as well as to support the staff in the shelters.

Donation

If you are able to spend time at the shelters, you can also opt to donate to the shelter as every penny can help to keep the shelter afloat during the Coronavirus outbreak. You can donate money so that the shelter can continue to operate, or you can choose to donate necessities such as their food or even their bedding.
Offer help to those in need

Some animals may require daily exercises, but it can be limited if the owner is under strict quarantine orders or they are under self-quarantine. If this is the case, the owner will not be allowed to bring the animal out for their daily walks, and this can be detrimental towards their physical as well as mental health. To help alleviate those, you can always offer to walk the animals instead! Of course, do practice safe-distancing, and always ensure that you are adhering to strict rules so that the owner as well as you are not breaching quarantine orders.
If you wish to you, you can also opt to foster your neighbor’s animal too this will help to prevent the animal from contacting the Coronavirus. It has been proven that dogs can also be affected by the Coronavirus, so it will be optimal if there can be someone else helping to take care of the animals while the owner is under quarantine orders.

Adopt a pet

As mentioned earlier, shelters are hit hard during the Coronavirus outbreak, and some of them might need to close down due to lack of manpower or due to a lack of funds. One good way to help alleviate this problem is by adopting the pet instead of putting it to sleep! Also, when you adopt a pet from the shelter, you are indirectly helping to lower down the cost of maintaining another pet, which will free up some funds so that there is still additional runway in hopes that the pandemic will go away soon.

Bake tasty treats

During the Coronavirus outbreak, you can help to lift up the mood in the house by baking delicious tasty treats and distributing them to your neighbors. This will be particularly useful if the owners are unable to leave house and they are running low on treats or other necessities that can keep the animal occupied.

Provide food to strays

During usual moments, strays can find food easily on the street, but when the crowd is thin, the amount of food that the strays can savage is lesser. Hence, to help these animals during the Coronavirus outbreak, you can choose to give food to these strays so that feeders are able to provide basic nutrition to the animals.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many ways at which you can help animals during the Coronavirus outbreak. While some of these suggested alternatives can require time and effort, it is well worth it if it helps the animal to cope better. Pay a little more attention to them too as we try to navigate these moments with trepidation, and we will all emerge stronger from this.

4 Tips For A Calmer Dog

If you have a dog that is constantly feeling anxiety, you will want to find means and ways to help them to be calmer. This is important, as anxiety issues in dogs can be bad as it can potentially affect their mental health or even destroy your furniture at home.

Here are the top 4 tips that you can employ for a calmer dog.

Getting them a dog house or dog crate
It is commonly misunderstood that the dog crate is meant to be used as a tool for punishment against the dog. This is completely untrue. In fact, the dog crate is a safe haven for the dog when your furry companion is feeling anxious. Indeed, one of the best ways to rectify separation anxiety attacks in your dog is by getting the dog to retreat into the dog crate. The dog crate or dog house creates an illusion of protection to the dog, and this helps to keep the dog calm. You can also opt to place a cloth around the dog crate so that the dog’s vision is limited too.

Frequent exercise
One good way to help dogs to calm down is by bringing them out for regular walks. It does help to keep the dog physically fit and mentally healthy too. Exercises also helps to release endorphins that will help to calm the dog’s raging nerves down too. The only caveat here is that you will need to closely monitor your dog’s condition, lest it suffer from heat stroke. Always make it a point to walk the dog only when the temperature is cooling. Avoid the late afternoons as the floor might still be hot and it can burn your dog’s paws. Also, bring along a bottle of water for your dog too.

Thundercoat
There are certain peripherals that you can wear on your dog to help calm them down. One such peripheral is the Thundercat. The Thundercat is worn over the dog’s body to help calm their raging nerves down, and it can do so due to the slight gentle pressure that it exerts on the dog’s body. It does help to reduce the anxiety attacks on dogs when they visit the vet or even during heavy thunderstorms.

CBD Oil
In recent years, CBD oil has been all the rage as researches found out that there are many benefits of CBD oil on dogs as well as on cats. CBD oil, or Cannabidiol Oil, is found readily in many countries in the world, especially if the usage of marijuana for medical purpose is legal. The compounds in CBD oil is able to help to keep the dog calm. If you ever wish to get the CBD oil for your dog, do ensure that you read the labels on the bottle carefully. This is to ensure that the CBD oil that you buy is made from organic ingredients. There can be unscrupulous merchants out there that add in fillers into the CBD oil, and this can be bad for the dog’s health.

Help! How to stop my from chewing?

It is natural for a dog to chew on things as it is literally ingrained into their DNA. You see, before they are domesticated as pets, dogs survive wholly on their instinct to survive, and this includes developing a need to protect itself. As such, dogs can be pretty destructive in nature, and they are not entirely to blame. Of course, inappropriate chewing of things can be destructive, especially if the dog starts to develop the habit on chew at everything in your house. Before we can go about training your dog not to chew on things, it will be good to understand why is the dog chewing in the first place so that you can use the correct remedy.

Why do dogs love to chew?

Other than their DNA, there are several reasons that contributes to this destructive behavior. Some of these problems are due to their character as well as the possibility of them having an underlying medical problem. Read on and find out if any of the following does resonate with you.

Playful

It is possible that the dogs are chewing on random things simply because they are playful. This is especially true for new puppies who are still very indifferent to objects in the house.

Scared

Not all owners will understand this though. When dogs are frightened or scared, especially by sudden loud noises that they are unfamiliar with, the dog will find ways to soothe their raging nerves, and they do so by chewing on things.

This is the same for dogs who are suffering from separation anxiety. When dogs are left alone at home, it can be pretty traumatizing for them, especially if they are too used to having humans around them hence relying on humans for attention. When left alone, they are unable to cope with the separation from their owners and will resort to chewing on items so as to alleviate their anxiety attack.

Seeking attention

Dogs can be an attention seeker too. When their owner leaves them alone without playing with them, dogs will have the tendency to destroy objects in the house as it knows that the owners will be triggered and will play with them! Cheeky little things!

Medical condition

It is possible that the dog is chewing on things due to an underlying medical condition that they might be suffering from.

How to stop dogs from chewing things

Now that we know the reasons that is contributing to this negative behavior, let us explore into the tricks that you can adopt so that you can train the dog not to chew!

Underlying medical problems

First of all, before you can start the training proper, you will need to rule out on the possibility that the dog is chewing because of an underlying medical issue. Most of the medical issue stem from a lack of a nutritional diet in dogs and hence creating a nutritional deficiency. If you suspect this might the case, always seek the advice from a vet so that you can be informed of the steps that you can take to help your dog.

Dog Proof the house

As a crucial step in training your dog not to chew things, you will need to dog proof the house so that dangerous items are kept away from the dog’s reach. This includes any food that you do not want the dog to rummage into, or even to your detergent or bleach that can be fatal if the dog consumes them. Items like shoes, socks, or even your clothing should be kept appropriately so that the dog will not chew on them.

Discourage negative chewing

When the dog starts to chew on something that it shouldn’t be chewing on, you can then use a firm tone to instruct the dog to stop. Note that you should not give your dog a treat at this point of time as the dog might associate chewing to being rewarded with a treat. Instead, you can provide your dog with an appropriate item that they should chew on, like a chew toy or something.

Having said that, there is an unorthodox method in discouraging chew in your dog. For example, if your dog has been shredding paper into pieces, one good way to discourage them from chewing is by giving them the firm scolding. After that, you can use the dog’s front paws and scoop up all the pieces of paper and throw it into the bin! We say this is unorthodox because this method might not work on all dogs.

Provide chew toys

Instead of them chewing on random stuffs due to the dog being playful, you can simply satiate their playfulness by giving them chew toys! There are many of these in the market, but the ones that we love the most is the tug-of-war toy.

Buy a dog crate

As mentioned, dogs can chew when they are suffering from anxiety issues. One good way to solve this is by providing a dog a safe haven for them to seek refuge in when the anxiety attack comes, and you can achieve this by buying a dog crate for them. The dog crate does provide an illusion that they are save and secure, and this does help to reduce the anxiety in dogs. However, note that you should not purchase a dog crate that is too large for the dog as it will not create that illusion of a safe haven. As a guideline, the dimensions of the crate should allow the dog to turn about in its place. The top of the crate should allow a maximum of two finger spacing when the dog is in a sitting position.

Playing with your dog

If your dog is seeking your attention by destroying items, you can change this behavior by playing with your dog and spending them with them. When your dog Is meaningfully engaged, they will not develop the habit of destroying things in your house. Also, when your dog is tired after a day’s activity with you, they wouldn’t have any excess energy to chew things in your house too.