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Dog Chews

by Linda Jenkinson

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Dogs chew. Instinct compels chewing, especially for teething puppies.

My husband and I are no experts on dog behavior. Our dog, Bailey, tore holes in carpets and ate the knob off my cooktop. He also ate several keys off my husband’s notebook before we found a way that worked for all of us and put a stop to undesirable chewing.

Help your dog be a successful member of your family. When possible, keep your treasures out of his reach. Many of them may be toxic to him as well as valuable to you. A stomach full of computer keys or carpet endangers his health and can cause an expensive trip to the vet. Items like chewed electric cords, spell danger for everyone in your home.

Provide your dog with plenty of toys built for chewing. If you should catch your dog chewing on something of yours, gently substitute a toy or a dog chew. Let him know what he can do and praise him when he chooses the right things to munch on.

Sometimes dogs chew because of separation anxiety. Think it over. When you go, your dog can't know when and even if he'll see you again. Shut in alone with no way out makes for a scary situation for anyone. What predators or other evils might he encounter when alone with no “pack” to back him up?

Crate training gives your dog a place where he can feel safe and secure when you aren’t there to protect him. Does that sound backwards? Well, as much as our dogs protect us, they depend on us to protect them as well. We share a symbiotic relationship with them.

A crate topped with a tarp and a soft bed inside makes for a comfortable, safe, cave-like place for our dogs when we go away. When dogs feel secure, they sleep. Our Bailey loved his crate. He slept in it every night and when we went out for a few hours, he went into it gladly. When he went in, he got a treat to keep him busy for a few minutes. We also kept a couple of toys inside, too, because … dogs chew.