Why Do Dogs Chew Up Kleenex?
Your dog chews up Kleenex because he finds the texture appealing, and holding down the tissue box while he shreds what's inside may make him feel like he is killing his prey. Aside from it just being fun, dogs may engage in destructive chewing because they are bored, stressed, or anxious. No matter the cause, this behavior can cause issues, so pet owners need to find ways to address it.
Is Chewing Kleenex Dangerous?
If your dog swallows a small amount of Kleenex, it's not likely to hurt him. Larger amounts, however, can cause serious blockages. Also, if your dog gets used to chewing clean tissues, he's more likely to chew dirty tissues.
Stopping the Behavior
The easiest way to stop your dog from chewing Kleenex is to limit access. Simply moving your tissue boxes to a higher shelf may be all it takes to solve the problem.
Of course, you can't rely on only prevention, and that's why proper training is so important. A strong "Leave it" or "No" command should be all it takes for your dog to drop what he's chewing. If that's not the case, you should revisit training for his safety.
You'll also want to provide alternatives, which means buying lots of chew toys in various sizes and textures. Replace them as they become damaged, so your dog always has something new and interesting to destroy.
Chewing Kleenex is a common behavior, but because it poses a potential danger to your dog, it's a behavior you should work to stop in order to prevent a blockage or other issue that will land your pet at the vet.
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