It does not take long for chewing-obsessed dogs to do a lot of damage. They can turn the legs of wooden furniture into sawdust, ventilate your shoes, make your shag carpet bald and un-upholsterer your furniture. The good news is, destructive chewing usually is easy to stop.
Whenever a client tells me their dog is a destructive chewer, my first response is asking to see the dog’s chew toys. Inevitably, the owner brings out a basket of assorted goodies, which usually include ripped up fabric toys, hunks of wood the dog found outside, tennis balls and shaggy stuffed animals. Pet stores make a lot of money selling toys, and dog owners assume that – since the items are in a pet store – they are appropriate for their dogs. However, if your dog is a destructive chewer, these toys could be sending the wrong message. Here are a few tips for dealing with destructive chewing: