How to Prevent a Dog from Chewing on Your Valuables

A quick overview on the simple steps needed to prevent destructive chewing.Many dog owners at one time or another become frustrated with their dog due to its behavior. There may be many reasons for this. It could be that the dog is destroying things through constant scratching and gnawing. In any case where a dog’s behavior is giving you reason for concern, you should always be ready to intercede and find a way to stop the behavior becoming a long-term problem.


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    Sit down and consider why the dog is doing this. Is your dog getting the right amount and kind of exercise? Does it get enough human interaction? Is there something in its diet which might be causing it to behave in a strange way? All of these issues need to be considered, as that allows us to address problem behavior.
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    Select an area that he will spend his day in. You can purchase a dog gate to change a spare room into his room, an exercise pen to set-up his spot in the middle of a room in use, or a crate to act as his den. Whichever you choose, it is necessary to select a spot for him and to restrict his movement.
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    Provide him with entertainment. A dog needs something to do. Young dogs need something to chew. Get some interactive dog toys that can be stuffed with treats to challenge him during the day. This increases mental stimulation and gives him something to chew. The best one is the Kong toy, with Buster Balls, Freeze and Chew, and other toys being good choices as well.
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    Scan your home for items in danger. Anything that is reachable is in mortal danger of being devoured by small, but really sharp, puppy teeth. Power cords, chair legs, shoes are all trembling with fear. The prescription? Pick up loose items and put them out of reach. Then buy bitter apple spray and apply it liberally to items that cannot be moved.
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    Understand that problem behavior in dogs is something that can make an owner feel very pressured. We all love our pets, and when they misbehave all that we want is for them to understand that it upsets us. We really would prefer that they would behave themselves all the time, but if they are going to step over the line occasionally we would at least hope that they desist the first time we request it. If they continue it, this is when it becomes “problem behavior”. This is something that we all want to avoid.


  • Invest in long lasting rubber toys, such as products made by Kong. These can be filled with treats, peanut butter, and dog food. They last a long time and keep your dog entertained.
  • Buy a crate that is adjustable. When they are young, puppies still have a lot to learn about house manners, especially peeing inside. Buy a crate that has an adjustable divider so that they will have just enough room to rest, but not enough to eliminate in one spot and kick back in another. There are a variety of options, including designer crates, chrome crates, exercise pens, and dog gates. These not only make your dog happy, but they save you money in the long run.
  • Plan ahead of time what the house rules will be. Decide what he can get away with (getting on the furniture, begging) and what he cannot (barking at guests) and stick to your plan. Keep in mind that the more rules he gets to break, the more annoyed you’ll feel down the road. Dogs are frustrated by rules that change, not rules that stay the same.
  • Try playing with your dog. If you tire him out a little bit, he'll behave better.


  • Don't let him play with old shoes, socks, etc. as he won't be able to tell the okay ones from the not okay. They all smell pretty much the same to him.
  • Avoid rawhide chew toys. They can swell up inside your dog and cause potentially serious intestinal problems.

Things You'll Need

  • crate, exercise pen, or dog gate
  • interactive dog toys
  • treats, peanut butter, dog food

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Categories: Dog Obedience