Put a Stop to Your Dog’s Chewing Habit with Canine Obedience Training

June 17, 2012 · Posted in Family 

Chewing is a behavior problem that many dog owners share. Objects that sometimes fall victim include shoes, chair legs, tables, and other personal things. Not only is it destructive, but it can also be life threatening. Although few folks think about attending dog obedience classes as a method to curb this habit, it actually does work. You can tame those chompers and stop your dog’s chewing habit with good planning and strategic intervention.

Young dogs chew for a number of different reasons than adult dogs. Puppies often explore their environment with their mouth, use gnawing as a way to relieve teething discomfort, and as a part of everyday play. Providing an excellent supply of toys that are safe to gnaw is crucial. You can freeze them if your baby dog is teething to offer some relief. You need to follow up with obedience training to teach them right from wrong and set a starting point for good behavior.

Adult dogs who chew generally have a different kind of behaviour problem. These dogs regularly lack self control or have difficulty establishing their role in the family. They may be bored and wanting mental kick, attention seeking, or attempting to build domination. Some owners use squirt bottles or bitter tasting sprays to stop a dog from gnawing. These strategies have limited success. Obedience training lays the groundwork for implementing corrective steps once the cause is identified.

Chewing is so much more than just an obedience training issue. The behaviour can also be costly. Veterinarians will tell you how common it is for a dog to fall sick after something they have gnawed on. It is called foreign body ingestion, and it can vary in severity. Some dogs may develop short lived barfing and diarrhea, while some of the others may require major surgery to remove the object.

There is no doubt that you and your dog will benefit from tackling this issue head on. Obedience training stimulates the bored dog, helps them understand your house rules, and ensures communication between the two of you. Remember that good coaching rewards fascinating behavior rather than focusing on punishment for naughty behavior. With a little bit of effort, you can stop your canine from gnawing and stop future behavior Problems.

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