Why do dogs chew furniture?

While cats scratch, dogs chew. Just like cats, dogs too have a reason behind chewing. However, in the case of your dog child, the reasons are different for infant and adult dogs. Pups are very similar to human babies when it comes to teething. The teething starts anywhere between 3 to 8 weeks and stops anytime between 4 to 6 months. Chewing helps in teething but also provides relief to sore gums. 

If an adult dog starts chewing, it’s either because they are bored or don’t have access to chew toys. Lastly, dogs suffer separation anxiety. So if you were wondering why your adorable overdose of cuteness chewed away at the furniture or your latest shoes, it is because it hates being away from you, and chewing helps relieves its anxiety. 

How to prevent your dog from chewing your furniture?

Follow the tips below to save your furniture from getting chewed away by your dog.

  • Have an exercise routine: Boredom combined with high energy levels is a sure shot recipe for chewing away at your furniture. Incorporate daily outdoor exercise into your pet’s routine. A bit of physical exercise would do wonders for your dog. It would help channelize the excess energy and tire them enough for the chewing to be forgotten. 
  • Special dog chew toys: Don’t give just any toy to your dog baby to chew on. Many toys may become choking hazards or be toxic for your pet. Only buy dog chew toys that are designed keeping the safety of your pet. Buy toys that can’t be broken into pieces when chewed, have a longer shelf life, and don’t damage the teeth. 
  • Contain your dog: Containing your dog is a good way not only to save your furniture from getting chewed but also saves it from getting injured. Puppies have limited “hold time”. The smaller the pup, the lower the threshold. A three-month-old puppy has a 3 hour hold time. Since they don’t discriminate, they chew everything that they can lay their sight on, including your precious furniture. There are varied ways of ensuring that your furball is confined. Carting it or using dog gates to fence off a section exclusively for your dog does the trick. If your dog child has separation anxiety, creating a safe space to provide them comfort while you’re away is a great idea. A cozy corner inside or outdoors with their select chew-able toys will see your furniture safe and sound. 
  • Leave your scent: Another great way to soothe your dog and make sure that your furniture is safe is to leave your scent behind. Roll his favorite toy in between your palms will transfer your scent onto the toy and calm the anxiety.
  • Keep farewells short: It is recommended that you keep your farewell with your pets short and crisp. The more emotional and lengthy your goodbye, the more acute the separation anxiety. 
  • Divert and intervene: Train your pet about chewable and non-chewable objects. When you do find it approaching a non – chewable object, immediately interrupt,t and then divert its mind to the toy that you have designated as a dog chew toy. 

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