Rest assured, your dog is perfectly capable of learning not to chew up your thinking. But, it will require a little effort on your part.
Step one of stopping destructive chewing is to dog proof your home.
Even the best-behaved dog in the world, fall to temptation. Why test her?
In short, if you won't want it in her mouth, store it out of reach. Can she jump, climb, or leap onto something else to reach it? How tall is she when standing on her back legs?
Highly prized chew toys include:
- books (even my bible wasn't safe!)
- eyewear (I'm currently sporting a pair of glasses with teeth marks on the lenses)
- clothing (in particular, I've had dogs with sock and underwear fetishes!)
- shoes (there is a shoe-table just inside my front door)
- garbage (a fully enclosed can is your best bet)
- small appliances such as cameras, cell phones, and remote controls. (And, of course, the cables and power cords that go with them. I can't even begin to tell you how many computer cables I've had to replace!)
Rinse your dirty plates clean of any food scraps before leaving them by the sink.
All food needs to be put securely away. Even pet food is stored in galvanized pails at our house. Nothing stays in bags which can easily be ripped open.
Don't leave snacks on low tables or even on counter tops. Our youth pastor told a great story about a Bassett Hound and his favorite apple pie! You may not think of a Bassett Hound as being particularly athletic or acrobatic, but you'd be surprised when an apple pie is the prize!
If you keep temptation away from your dog, you will both be happier in the long run.
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Cheree is founder of Mill Creek Animal Rescue. Need help training your dog? Get your free training guide . If you're looking for other tips on how to raise a healthy pet, check out The New Pet Zone for the latest news and product reviews.