Training your Great Dane not to chew on things in the house is important to both protect your valuables as well as keep your dog safe. Unless you nip problem chewing in the bud fast, you will find that these large dogs can be quite destructive.
Chewing can lead to:
Luckily, getting your Great Dane to learn the rules about chewing is usually not a difficult thing to do. This guide will give your three different methods to stop problem chewing. Instead of trying one, use all three to get the best and fastest results.
Dogs need to chew. It is unrealistic and unfair to expect your Great Dane to stop chewing altogether. This is particularly true when she is teething. At around 5-7 months, you can expect a major explosion in the drive to chew as your Great Dane is losing her baby teeth and adult teeth are pushing their way in.
Although teething is totally normal, how you handle this critical stage of your dog’s development will make a major impact on her chewing habits for the rest of her life. If your Great Dane is in the teething stage, it is the perfect time to work on her chewing habits. However, these methods will work for Great Danes at any life stage.
Make sure that you have plenty of appropriate toys for her to chew on. Be sure to cover a range of sizes, textures, and hardness so that she has options to choose from that are safe and dog-proof. Always reward your dog with praise when she makes the choice to chew on a toy rather than the corner of the sofa!
Here are some things to have ready before you get started training your Great Dane not to chew:
needing help or suggestions on how to help with chewing. she has a range of chew toys, play fetch take for walks daily. she chews the sprinklers and has destroyed that many hoses plus sprinkler system in the garden. mats etc. have up the time spent with her outside as shes a outside dog, have made the walk longer to tire her out more. please help my husband has had enough and wants to get rid of her due to her destructive behaviour.
Hello Sarah, Honestly at this age the yard needs to be dog proofed. 6 months is a heavy chewing period because jaws are developing. It's also the age where dogs jaws are strong enough to chew through things. She is simply bored and creating her own fun. She doesn't know what to chew and not chew and without supervision she won't learn if she still has access to off limit objects. When you cannot supervise she should only have access to things that are alright to chew. Puppies this age need to chew, they just need to chew the right things. You need to go through and dog proof the yard. Block access to things like the water spigot, cover sprinkler heads with heavy flower pots she can't move or chew, undo the nose and put it away until it's time to use, remove mats, ect. If you don't want it chewed either block access or remove from the yard. Stuff hollow chew toys with food to make them more enticing. You can also spy on her from a camera and when you catch her chewing something off limits catch her in the act (don't expect a scolding after the fact to work. It needs to happen right when she is doing it). You can use deterrent sprays sprayed like bitter apple, bitter Mellon or white vinegar on things that are repeatedly chewed also. She honestly needs to either be confined, supervised, or the yard to be dog proofed. If you can temporarily prevent the chewing long enough for her to avoid developing a long term habit of it, then most dogs will out grow it by 1-2 years. Check out the article linked below for more tips: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-not-to-chew/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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