One common question that I get is how to get their dogs to stop eating their toys. This question takes me back to when Lucy was just a puppy and would chew on absolutely everything in the house, not just her toys. This was a very frustrating time and I just wanted to make her stop, but did not quite know how.
As any teacher would, I started researching and learning more about why dogs chew on things and why some dogs do so more than others. This was the first step in trying to figure out how to get my dog to stop chewing on everything that came across her path.
With that being said, let me teach you about some of the reasons that your dog may be chewing on things and destroying new toys within minutes. This can lead you on your way of discovering ways to stop this destructive behavior.
First, it is important to know that chewing on inappropriate objects is quite common in younger dogs because just like human babies, puppies are using their mouths to explore the world around them. Just like you teach your baby not to chew on things when they are young, you also need to teach your puppy what is not appropriate to chew on.
The first thing that you need to do if your dog is chewing on everything is to rule out any medical issues. If your dog is chewing on everything, set up an appointment with your vet to make sure there is no underlying medical issue that is causing the problem. While most of the time when it is a puppy chewing on things there is no need for alarm, if you have an older dog who has started to chew on inappropriate items, you need to call the vet.
Another thing to consider if your dog is chewing up his toys is the type of toys that you are purchasing. Different dogs prefer different types of toys. Remember, every dog has his/her own personality and what one dog may like, another dog may not. This can take some trial and error on your part when it comes to finding the perfect toys for your particular pup.
When you are purchasing toys for your dog make sure that they are appropriate for the size of your dog. It is also important to make sure that they are safe for your dog to use. Beef bones and rawhide bones can be dangerous for determined chewers as these pups can whittle the bones down into small pieces that can become choking hazards. If you choose to give your dog this type of treat make sure that you supervise your dogs with these types of bones at all times.
Dental chew sticks are often the best choice as they encourage appropriate chewing and also help combat dental diseases.
Perhaps most importantly is to buy durable toys such as a Kong ball. These balls are designed to withstand even the toughest of chewing. Make sure that you pick out a size that is appropriate for your pup.
Overall, the best way to combat obsessive chewing is to make sure that you engage in play with your dog. Take the time to play hard with your dog each day. Wearing your dog out through play and exercise is important for their health. In addition, if your dog is getting enough exercise each day he is going to be tired and less likely to chew up toys and other items that he is not supposed to.