Is your dog a tiny Chewbacca? Does he seem to just looove chewing on your wooden furniture, floors, and finishes?
Well, there’s no need to worry about your wood anymore. Here’s exactly what you need to do to help your pooch kick his wood-chewing habit.
Why is My Dog Chewing on Wood, Anyway?
Dogs will chew on things they’re not suppose to for a lot of reasons. The three most common culprits behind the chewing are puppy teething, boredom, and separation anxiety.
While it’s natural for a puppy to chew on anything and everything, it can be destructive behavior if it’s an older dog who should know better doing the chewing.
Puppy chewing is caused by the fact that their baby teeth are being replaced by permanent ones and their gums are inflamed and bothering them. Additionally, as they grow, they explore their world with their mouths. So anything from your favorite pair of shoes to your wooden table is fair game for your puppy to chew on.
If your adult dog has started chewing on wood, it could be a sign of boredom or separation anxiety. Is he getting enough mental and physical stimulation? Are you leaving him alone for long, long stretches of time? Your pooch may be channeling that energy into chewing.
Why is It Bad for My Dog to Chew Wood?
Besides the obvious damage to your possessions, your dog’s adoration for chewing on wood can be hazardous to his health. Even if he doesn’t eat the wood, he can still swallow small splinters or pieces. Those small splinters can get lodged in his throat or digestive tract, and can cause infections and blockages. Moreover, splinters can also perforate or embed his mouth, intestine, or esophagus. This will result in an astronomical vet bill for you, and invasive surgery for your pooch.
How to Keep Your Dog from Chewing on Wood
Now that you understand why your dog may be chewing on wood and the reasons why this behavior is so bad for him, let’s explore some ways to stop it.
Your dog’s wood-chewing habit is both destructive and dangerous. While he may simply be teething and will grow out out of this bad behavior, the chewing may also be caused by boredom or anxiety.
Keep your dog entertained with plenty of safe chew toys and daily exercise. Make a DIY chewing-deterrent spray and clear your yard of sticks and logs. Most importantly, use positive reinforcement training techniques to nix the bad behavior. Over time, your pup will learn to steer clear of your wood and only chew on items he’s supposed to chew on.
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