• Chewing

    • Calming Collars
    • Sergeants Stop That!™ Behavior Correction Spray

    Dogs, especially puppies, explore the world with their mouth. When they are young, they chew because they are teething and playing. Dogs may also chew because they’re bored, want attention or feel anxious or fearful.

    Inappropriate chewing is not only destructive, but it can also pose serious health risks for your dog. It’s important to address the behavior problem of chewing with your dog in a way that will stop the problem behavior and encourage more appropriate activity instead.

    That’s where a program featuring pheromone technology and training used alone or together can help.

    Pheromone Technology

    Whether it’s an easily excited puppy or an adult dog displaying inappropriate chewing behavior, you might consider using a Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Collar (dog). It will reduce overall stress and the need to act out.

    If your dog is a serial chewer, be prepared: keep Sergeant’s Vetscription PetSTOP! Behavior Correction Spray (dog) nearby and use one spray when he is in the act. Then, offer him an appropriate item to chew. Be sure to keep appropriate toys around to keep your dog’s mouth and mind active.

    Training Tips

    More often than not, a behavior problem like chewing can be addressed with training — especially if your dog is still a puppy or if he is older and should know better.

    • Keep any items you don’t want chewed out of the reach of your dog — shoes and clothing, books, eyeglasses, remote controls, stuffed animals and kids toys.
    • If you do see your dog chewing on something, make a loud noise to interrupt the behavior.
    • Do not give toys that can be easily confused with items that you don’t want chewed like socks and shoes.
    • Find toys that your dog likes and that will attract him to chew — especially those that allow you to put his kibble inside.
    • Don’t make a game of it by chasing your dog to get the item. Offer a treat or other toy as an exchange.
    • Make items that cannot be removed unappetizing to your dog with special sprays that coat them with an unpleasant taste.
    • Keep your dog supervised while he learns the rules about chewing. Consider keeping him on a leash tethered to you or you can find a ‘”safe place” that’s chew proof like his pet kennel or a room.
    • Spend lots of time with your dog playing and developing favorite toys that he can use for play and comfort.
    • Do not punish your dog after the fact because he will think he’s being punished for doing whatever he’s doing at that moment, not what he did an hour ago.