Does your dog chew on anything that they can lay their paws on? Are you constantly worried that your dog is gnawing on everything while you're away? Or maybe your dog's chewing habits make you think that your pup is anxious and in need of some attention? Whatever the case, you clearly have a chewer on your hands and may need to find a constructive outlet for all that chewing! You have come to the right place as we have some perfect activities for dogs who like to chew!
Sometimes, a dog who likes to chew just needs something to keep their mouth busy. Some interactive games are a step in the right direction toward helping a dog satisfy their need to chew. Playing tug is definitely a way to put your pup's mouth to good use. Playing tug is also a great way for you to have fun with your dog. Together you can pull and play for as long as you'd like! Inside, outside, with a rope or with something simple like a towel, playing tug with your dog can be done anywhere, anytime. After a few good tug sessions, your dog will surely be too tired to chew!
Bones are a dog's best friend, especially dogs who love to chew. Bones are great because there are so many different types which ensures your dog will never get bored! From bones that help clean teeth to real meat bones, your little chewer is sure to find a favorite bone that will keep them busy. If you do opt to give your pup a real bone (as in, from an animal), always make sure that it is raw and hasn't been cooked as cooked bones can fragment and splinter which can be deadly if eaten. An artificial bone from a pet supply store may be the way to go!
Rather than offering up your furniture to please a pup who needs to chew, it is a smart idea to purchase some chew toys. The best chew toys will be practically indestructible. Rubber toys tend to work best and last the longest; however ,you can certainly find a wide range of types of chew toys. Rope toys are also really good for dogs who like to chew and can also help 'floss' their teeth! Try a few different toys and see what your pup likes best - we are sure your pooch will like a nice variety to keep them extra entertained!
Sometimes a dog who is obsessed with chewing is simply bored at home. Make sure to bring your dog for extra walks to help relax them!
Next time you are playing outside, bring out a Kong-like toy with peanut butter inside. You can even prepare one to keep on hand in the freezer. Then, your canine friend can enjoy a cold, refreshing activity that involves both biting and tasting. A nice frozen treat, this can economically be given over and over.
Try not to get discouraged with your dog who is a master chewer. Your dog didn't mean to chew on the leg of an expensive chair! Get that chewing frustration an outlet in the form of a toy, bones, or by playing tug. These are just a few ideas that you should try to help your dog overcome their chewing past time. Ask friends at the dog park for their resolutions to this natural canine tendency.