Chewing In Dogs

When it comes to discussing dog behavior, one topic that often comes up is chewing. Chewing can be a very healthy behavior, but it can also be destructive. An Eau Claire, WI vet offers some insight into Fido’s gnawing habits in this article.


Dogs may chew for many different reasons. When your furry friend  is teething, he may chew as a way to soothe the pain in his mouth. This type of chewing usually is most prevalent when puppies are between six months and about one year old. Chewing is also sometimes just a matter of doggy curiosity. Fido likes to try to learn about things by, well, tasting them. He’s also always interested in figuring out what does and doesn’t taste good. Last but not least, dogs also sometimes chew when they are bored, lonely, or upset. Man’s Best Friend can be pretty expressive. However, if he doesn’t have a good way to redirect stress or anxiety, he may channel their angst and/or excess energy into chewing.


Destructive chewing is a hazard to both your pet and your belongings. Our canine pals don’t know what is and isn’t safe for them to ingest. If Fido were to chew on something unsafe, he could choke, ingest something toxic, and/or end up with severe gastrointestinal issues. These incidents are extremely dangerous, and can even be life-threatening.

Curbing Bad Behaviors

In order to address Fido’s chewing habit, you’ll need to know why he’s chewing in the first place. If you aren’t sure, consult your vet or a pet behaviorist. Make sure your canine buddy is getting enough attention, exercise, and playtime, and provide him with plenty of safe, suitable chew toys, such as edible chews. Rotate these things out regularly to keep things fresh and fun.

Correcting Bad Behavior

You shouldn’t punish your pooch for chewing. Chewing is natural behavior, so this may just confuse him. Verbally say ‘No’ or ‘Don’t Chew That.’ Be sure to use the same phrase each time. Then, take away the object you don’t want Fido eating, and offer him something appropriate instead. As soon as he starts gnawing on the object you’ve given him, immediately praise him. This will help teach him good chewing petiquette. Puppyproofing is also a must. Ask your vet for tips.

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