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You see a $200 pair of designer heels, but your furry best friend sees a chew toy. Uh oh!
Chewing can be an expensive dog habit that can damage both your household items and your relationship with your dog. But chewing is a natural dog behavior. For puppies, it helps relieve the pain of growing new teeth. For older dogs, it helps to keep their jaws strong and clean their teeth. Chewing also helps relieve anxiety or frustration and alleviate boredom. Dogs need to learn what they can and can’t chew so that you and your shoes can breathe easy.
Problems That Cause Chewing
Tips to Help Your Dog Stop Chewing
For more tips on redirecting or deterring chewing, contact me. I’d be happy to share some additional ideas with you and help save your shoes!
Lisa Marino, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, PMCT, has taken her varied teaching experiences and applied them to helping owners understand and train their beloved four-legged family members. She has more than four years’ experience leading group dog training classes at Best Paw Forward in Hartland, WI, and opened Head of the Class Dog Training LLC in Winchester, VA in 2012, where she conducts group classes and private lessons, as well as helps owners to modify their dogs' problem behaviors.
Lisa earned her CPDT-KA in 2012, is a 2015 graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy and is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer.
She has 4 registered therapy dogs and is a Pet Partner Therapy Team Evaluator and a member of HOPE AACR. As a former middle school teacher, she works well with families and children and does school presentations on various dog related topics.
What to Do When Your Dog Wants to Chew