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Taking Control Of Your Dog When He Starts Chewing

By Nic Christy

If your dog has started chewing, biting, barking or causing you other problems then this is the sign you need to start taking control of your dog. It’s up to you to teach him what’s right and what’s wrong – or how will he ever know?

Make Sure You Teach Your Dog Right

If you want to take control of your dog to stop all the chewing, then you’ll need to realise that the effort should go both ways. If your dog’s going to put effort in to learn about what you want him to do, then you need to make sure you give back by keeping him interested, taking him out, and always, ALWAYS, giving him positive praise through the training.

Consistency is the Key

Once you do start the training, you’ll need to make sure that you keep it up consistently. This means working on it each and every day, and not letting sessions run on for hours at a time – otherwise this will overload him! You’ll just get frustrated if you push it too far.

Why Is He Chewing?

When your dog chews, he might do it for any number of reasons – so you should start thinking about this and incorporate it into his training. For example, he might get separation anxiety when you go out, in which case you need to slowly build up the length of time you go out for to get him used to being home alone. He might just be bored, so give him plenty of chew toys and take him out to make sure he has something to do.

Another reason why dogs may chew is because they are teething. This is natural, so you’ll need to give them plenty of alternatives to use. You should do this in any case of chewing – make sure you praise them when they chew their toys, and tell them NO when they chew things they’re not supposed to. Just always only tell them off during the act, or else they might not understand what they’ve done wrong.

These are just the beginning steps when it comes to taking control of your dog’s chewing and teaching him the way to go. It takes real patience, but it is possible for anyone to train their dog with a little effort.

Feeling lost about your dog chewing? Head on over to Dog Training: Chewing for steps you can take to get him to stop quickly. It won’t be as difficult as you expect!

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Christy, Nic "Taking Control Of Your Dog When He Starts Chewing." Taking Control Of Your Dog When He Starts Chewing. 25 Jun. 2010. 29 Dec 2014 <>.

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