How To Know When Chewing Is A REAL Problem
We've talked briefly about signs of destructive chewing in the past, but this information is really important to us. So, today we want to follow up with new and updated information on how to spot destructive chewing and what you can do to prevent it. Afterall, we all want to make sure our dogs and happy and healthy while still staying connected to their natural instincts.
"Hey, put that down! Drop it...Drop it..."
We know that “chewing” is a hot-button issue for dog owners, and if you've been following along you know that Bullibone was created as a solution to a major chewing problem!
Chewing is a natural and important part of a dog’s progression, and today we're going to explore some reasons and solutions for chewing that will help keep you and your furry best friend happy and healthy.
Common reasons for chewing
Cutting teeth is one primary reason puppies will chew everything in sight, but when it comes to older dogs there are often other factors at play.
Because puppies are still growing they are seldom put on diets. But older dogs will need to stay at a healthy weight to avoid health problems as they age. Anyone that’s ever been on a diet has felt the “hungry pang” sensation that comes when trying to curb cravings. Dog’s often deal with this same uncomfortable sensation by chewing.
We can help our dogs stick to their diets by giving them chew toys rich in flavor to satisfy their cravings. When cutting back on the servings you give your dog, it’s also important to make sure you’re using a dog food that is offering sufficient nutrients for their size and weight.
Dogs get bored just like humans! And because chewing stimulates their natural instincts it’s normal for them to use it as an outlet for pent-up energy.
Taking dogs for long walks or letting them run around with other dogs is the easiest solution to cure the type of boredom that leads to destructive chewing habits. Supplying your pup with chew toys that keep them engaged is another way to keep their teeth off what's not meant for them.
Stress or Anxiety
Another common cause of chewing is stress. Dogs are particularly sensitive to changes in their environment and anything from a new family member or new pet can create underlying anxiety. Even a change in dog owners schedules-- where they may not be home as often-- can upset the consistency dogs rely on.
Just as we humans go through a period of accumulation when new things come into our lives, dogs require a period of adjustment to feel comfortable and happy.
If this sounds like what may be causing your pup to chew more than usual, don’t worry. Just give them extra love and attention and more time to get used to whatever changes may be happening.
It’s important to keep dog’s dental hygiene in mind as they get older, especially if they are engaging in destructive chewing. Dental problems are a common chewing instigator and a signal that it may be time for a trip to the vet. Remember to also have your dog's teeth checked as they age to prevent the possibility of tooth loss down the road.
The best way to deal with destruction behaviors of any kind is to be aware and interactive with your dog. And remember, chewing isn’t always a bad thing! When done safely and properly chewing strengthens dog's jaw muscles and even helps clean tartar from their teeth.
Chewing is a natural instinct for dogs and for providing them the right toys and bones to engage that instinct means a lot to them.