Why Is My Dog Suddenly Chewing Everything?
If your normally well-behaved dog is suddenly chewing everything, it is likely because he is bored, stressed out, or anxious. If there has been a change in the dog's environment or routine that could also trigger the sudden chewing. You can try a few things to curb the behavior, but if it doesn't work, you'll want to enlist the help of your vet or an animal behaviorist.
Tips To Stop Destructive Chewing
You come from work to find yet another dog bed has been shredded, your favorite pair of shoes has been destroyed, or the sofa you saved up for is now down a cushion. Your dog's sudden chewing is frustrating for sure, but it can also be dangerous as he could swallow materials that may cause an intestinal blockage or other issues.
Here are some things you can try to stop the behavior:
- Buy Some New Toys: Provide appropriate chew toys for your pet and redirect them to those toys any time you catch him chewing. Toss toys once they are damaged and refresh the stash with new toys regularly to keep your dog interested.
- Doggy Day Care: If your dog is chewing everything when you're away, he could be bored or lonely. Consider sending him to doggy day care, especially if you work long hours. If that's not possible, hiring a dog walker is another way to break up your dog's day.
- Treat For Separation Anxiety: Anxiety is a very common cause of destructive chewing—and it will not get better on its own. Treatments will vary based on the severity of the anxiety, but the first step is to talk with your vet or an animal behaviorist to work out a treatment plan. If your dog is chewing everything, don't just ignore the problem. If simple DIY fixes, such as buying new toys, don't help, talk to your vet. It might take some trial and error, but with a little patience you'll be able to correct this behavior and help your dog to be happy and healthy.
- Preventative Measures: It is also important to keep items your dog may chew out of your dog's reach. When you are not around to supervise him, keep your pup in a chew-safe area.
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