Approximately 60 million US households own a dog — and one thing they could all say is that: dogs love to chew! Chewing is a normal, healthy canine behavior. But unfortunately, unchecked chewing can often be destructive and mean the worst for our much-loved pieces of furniture. So, how do you stop your dog from chewing the furniture and keep your home looking good? Training, exercise, and dog-proofing your home can minimize your dog’s chewing as well as transform it into something constructive (which keeps the both of you happy).
Why do dogs chew?
Puppies chew as a way of exploring their surroundings as well as to relieve teething pain. Chewing also relieves boredom and soothes anxiety. In some cases, chewing is a result of separation anxiety which should be treated.
Although it can be frustrating for owners, dogs will chew anything and everything because they don’t know any other way. They don’t realize there’s any difference between your coffee table and their chew toy. That’s what you’ve got to teach them!
How to Stop Your Dog from Chewing Your Furniture
Puppy- (and Dog-) Proof Your Home
Remove, tidy away, or cover any objects that might seem attractive to your dog and prompt chewing. Protect sofas and chairs with washable throws or slipcovers. Use bad-tasting, dog-repellent sprays on furniture legs and elsewhere to deter your dog. If they learn that an object doesn’t taste good, they won’t chew it again.
Give Them Enough Exercise
Stop your dog chewing furniture by tiring them out with exercise. Long, enjoyable walks will also make your dog happy and increase their quality of life. If you have to leave them alone for a long period of time, make sure they’ve already had sufficient exercise. They, therefore, won’t get up to mischief home alone since they’ll likely be relaxing or sleeping.
Give Them Chew Toys
Make sure you have a stock of different toys your dog can chew on instead. This allows them to express his natural instincts but redirects them away from your furniture. If you’ve noticed your dog starts chewing at a certain time of day, plan to give them a toy then — preferably before they’ve even had a chance to get going on the woodwork.
Give Them Your Patience
Finally, be patient with your dog — show them lots of love! There’s no need to punish them for chewing. Doing so will only stress them out and worsen the urge to chew. The majority of chewing can be minimized and positively redirected with the above tips. Your efforts will pay off in the long run.