Tired of Your Dog Devouring Your Expensive Furniture?
5 Essential Steps to Stop Dog Chewing
Wondering how to get your dog from chewing on the furniture? Well, keep reading if you…
— find that you get home only to find your dog has been busy…while you were away, much to your horror, it was busy chewing on everything in the house…again!
Your once beautiful wooden chairs have been gnawed on so much it looks like you have a pet beaver in your home, not a dog!
Not only that, but the soft, comfy couch you love to just sit back on and relax after a hard day’s work is on its way to becoming stuffing free!
Wow, now your couch is kinda like those dog toys with no stuffing inside!
This can be not only frustrating, but expensive!
Are you left wondering if there’s any possible way to stop this destructive behavior your dog has chosen as its favorite pastime while you’re gone?
It would be soooo much nicer to come home and not have to clean up the mess your mischievous canine friend has caused! I know, I’ve been in your chewed up shoes before…so, I thought I’d take the time to share what worked for my dogs.
(btw, the dog over there in the picture is one of our dogs…Jade.
She loves to chew, but she no longer chews on our furniture…or our shoes.) ⇓⇓⇓⇓
Okay, here they are:
Five Things You Can Do
- Give your dog something it CAN chew on!
- Exercise your dog
- Remove or put away things you don’t want your dog chewing on
- Make chewing on furniture an unpleasant experience
- Keep your dog in a crate
Here’s Something To Chew On!
Yes, even if you have an older dog it is important to have something that it can chew on! Not only puppies like to chew!
If you’re the proud owner of a puppy that’s still growing and possibly teething, it’s much more likely to happen, but some older dogs still love to chew on anything and everything they can get their paws on.
Usually an older dog doesn’t chew on things as much, but most of them do still like to chew on things, so give your dog something to chew on!
Otherwise, if it is home alone and bored, it just might start thinking that your furniture looks pretty darn good to gnaw on!
Tire ‘Em Out!
Exercising your dog or puppy is a great way to prevent a lot of behavior problems since it gets rid of some of that excess energy. Plus, it gets pretty boring if it’s just laying around the house all day or just left out in a small area in the back yard.
If the only time your dog gets out of the house is to go potty, don’t you think it’s getting sick and tired of seeing the same old scenery day in and day out? Why not take it out for a walk and a change of scenery for a bit? It’s a good way to keep both of you a little healthier!
Pick It Up!
Well, I have to say it… if you don’t want your dog chewing on things in your house, THEN PICK IT UP and PUT IT AWAY!
If it’s not laying around where the dog can get to it, then it won’t get chewed up, RIGHT?
What About The Furniture?
Well, the furniture is another story….you can’t possibly pick up all your furniture and put that away now, can you?
A Few Things You Can Try To Save Your Furniture
- Products that make it unpleasant to chew on – there are many products out there that are made especially for this problem that are safe to use for your dog and your furniture. You can click the following link to check out my review of anti-chew sprays for dogs.
- Keep your dog away from its favorite furniture to chew on – for example, if your dog is chewing only on one specific piece of furniture such as the kitchen chairs try keeping it out of the kitchen while you’re away. Although it may then start chewing on something else! There really is no guarantee, but it MAY work with some dogs. It all depends on how much your dog likes to chew and what its temperament is like.
- Again, chew toys may work! Give it something it REALLY loves to chew on instead of your furniture!
- Teach your dog it is wrong to chew on the furniture
When you’re home and you see your dog starting to nibble on the furniture, let it know it is doing something wrong.
Tell your dog a firm NO! and, then give it a chew toy that it CAN chew on. This is positive reinforcement, it does work!
It may take awhile, but your dog will eventually learn that you do NOT want it chewing on the furniture.
How do I know it works? Well, because I have tried it…and if you have already read my home page, you should be able to tell I am not new to owning a dog…in fact, we’ve owned and trained quite a few and still do.
Get a Crate!
If you can’t completely trust your dog while you’re away from home,
the NUMBER ONE, BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE I CAN GIVE YOU is
Sure, it’s nothing new and I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but it’s the
Safest and Most Effective Way
to keep your dog or pup from chewing on the furniture and whatever else it can get a hold of. So, if you do NOT trust your dog 100% at home alone, I would recommend getting a properly sized crate.
There are many crates available, some even look like and serve as furniture! Although I have never owned or used one of these, they do look really nice! Plus, these crates have a lot of good reviews by people like you who do own and use them for their dogs!
>>Click the following link to check one out at Amazon! Merry Products Pet Cage with Crate Cover, Large<<
Let me tell you from experience, it will save you money in the long run! Until your dog is completely trustworthy not to chew on things it shouldn’t, a crate is the best way to keep your furniture safe!
…and no, your dog will not be sentenced to be behind bars forever! There does come a time when your dog learns between what is right to chew and wrong to chew.
Do you have any tips on how you can keep your dog from chewing furniture? Do you have a dog that is chewing up all your furniture and don’t know what to do? Let me know, maybe I can help.
Please feel free to share them in the comment box below. I’d love to hear ’em and I WILL get back to you!
Oh, and one more thing…
Please share this if you liked it, found it helpful, or know someone with a furniture destroyin’ dog… Thanks for reading! 🙂 -Sherry
Looking for Chew Toys for your Dog? Not sure what toys are the best?
You may also want to check out my page Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers. There, you’ll find the toys I recommend. I’m sure they’ll make both you and your dog happy!