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Why Do Dogs Chew?

Chewing can be an incredibly difficult part of owning a dog. When a dog chews there are various reasons this behaviour may be triggered ranging from their current environment, their age or even the type of dog you own.  Dogs are inquisitive animals and will naturally want to explore their surroundings which will include sniffing, tasting or occasionally chewing objects.

When Puppies Chew

Age can be a considerable factor when it comes to your dog chewing as younger dogs (3-6 months old) will chew as part of their teething process. Throughout this period, the easiest way to ensure that your puppy does not chew your furniture, clothing or children's toys, is to provide your dog with plenty of toys. Barker and Barker Natural Dog Treats are ideal for hiding in a treat ball or toy to create a fun adventure for your young pup.

Chewing in Adult Dogs

If your dog has overcome the teething stage it is now worth considering what else may cause this problem. If your pet suffers anxiety this could be a major contributing reason as to why you dog chews. Anxiety can be caused in a number of ways for example a dog who feels ‘trapped’ or stuck in doors too often may feel it is a way to escape another behaviour which may highlight this being an issue is if your pet constantly tries to dig, a sign of wanting to escape. A scavenging dog on the other hand may be attracted to the smell and taste of the food you eat or leave in the bin. This behaviour is stimulated if you regularly feed your dog your food and may cause your dog to chew more often.

Of course positive chewing can be encouraged by purchasing a range of toys that you dog can enjoy chewing on without causing destruction or damage to household goods. Many of these toys also allow you to fill them with your pet’s favourite treats, Barker and Barker treats, allowing them a reward for chewing in a positive manner.


Finally, you may find that keeping your dog active with a regular exercise schedule may prevent boredom and also discourage the behaviour of chewing. Activities such as obedience and agility training prove very popular along with long walks, and regularly playing games with your dog such as fetch and hide and seek.

If you find that chewing is becoming an issue with your dog, despite trying these ideas to distract her,  talk to your veterinary nurse, veterinary surgery or behaviourist for advice.

Posted On: 08/02/2017

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