What is the best way to stop a dog from destructive chewing?


I have a 12 month old neutered female doberman. She chews everything. Is a muzzle the best option?

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    14 Responses to “What is the best way to stop a dog from destructive chewing?”

    1. Vegetarian_TreeHugger says:

      give um a kong and a kiss on the booty

    2. gemsforjoie says:

      Their are a few different ways to get a dog to stop chewing. But before you can change the behavior, you need to know the cause. Is she left alone a lot? Is she bored? Does she chew on things right in front of you? Knowing why she does it, will better prepare you to change her bad habit. Whichever method you choose, the key is consistency. If you do not do the same thing everytime, it will not work. You can use more than one method at a time too.

      One way is to use a product that tastes bad…bitter apple, tobasco etc. You put it on something you know the dog will chew and then when she does it will taste bad to her. This will not stop most dogs on it’s own though.

      Another way is by diversion. Everytime you catch her in the act you must be very stern and say "NO", take the item away and replace it with something else to chew on. When you see her chewing on her toys (on her own) make sure to give her loads of praise. Make it feel good to the dog to play with the items she is allowed to have.

      If she is chewing only when you are not around, you may consider putting her in a crate. She will not possibly be able to chew on anything if she is in a crate. This may also indicate bordem or separation anxiety because she is doing it when you aren’t home.

      If she is bored, you might try different types of toys or doggie daycare. Dobies are active dogs that need a lot of exercise. If she isn’t getting enough to release all her pent up energy, it could be causing her to chew. Just walking her more might really increase your chances of getting any method to work.

      A muzzle is not a good option here because it will seem like punishment, and she will resent wearing it. You want to save using a muzzle for times when it is absolutely needed (like trips to the vet maybe).

    3. Mrs. Know It All says:

      Puppies chew on things just like babies chew on things. Puppies also teeth like babies do. Tell them no and replace item with someone that is okay for them to chew on. I found a awesome chew toy at PetSmart for like $10.00. It looks like a bone but it is blue and has knobs all over the ends of it. It is called something like the indestuctible dog toy and it is just that. I bought this thing months ago and he still hasn’t been able to tear it up. It keeps him busy because he tries and tries to tear it apart and he can’t! Look for something like that they even have some made of the rubber tires are made from! There is even one that you can put a treat inside to keep him or her interested in the toy as well. Dogs get bored just like people they have to have something to do and that is what they do chew.

    4. brl rcr says:

      Some of the best things that have worked for me are to spray sour apple spray on the things that she is chewing or to squirt them with water when you catch them in the act with a repremand such as the word "no". I don’t believe in muzzles because the dog doesn’t know it’s doing anything wrong and it doesn’t know why the muzzle is on it. Don’t be aggresive, just consistant.

    5. ajlnkb23 says:

      Get her a kennel to stay in. If you get a large one, she’ll be comforatable and won’t be able to chew things up when you aren’t around. Muzzles are only to be for temporary use – like 20 minutes or so. A kennel is a little more humane.

    6. LEM says:

      Try using Pet Organics Chew-Stop for Dogs,
      it adds a bitter taste to the object which helps train your dog from chewing carpet and furniture.

    7. queen525252 says:

      Bitter apple works really well.

    8. justme says:

      BORED!!! She needs something to do!!

    9. tn_tanu says:

      Take a newspapaer and slightly hit at his mouth whenever he takes some filth.Mzzle is not a solution.

    10. dtdurand says:

      12 gauge

    11. CF_ says:

      better mind activities are the best option… most chewing happens if dogs are bored.. make sure she has good chewing toys… kong types, rope toys and puzzles (like where you put stuff inside and they have to figure out how to get it out)
      has she been to obedience lessons? do you have time for agility? she needs mental stimulation

    12. chick_flick06 says:

      shoot his ass

    13. Devin says:

      I have the same problem with my puppy at this time. However, i think he’s getting better. When he starts chewing something I don’t want him to chew, I say "NO!" then i take his chew toy and give it to him and let him chew on that, and i say "good dog"

    14. jessthov2001 says:

      No muzzle. You need to supervise her. You haven’t taught what is and is not appropriate to chew on. You need to watch her like a hawk. When you see her go for something she shouldn’t, tell her firmly NO, when she stops, show her her toy, when she takes that, praise her lavishly. Also praise her anytime you see her chewing on her toys on her own. Also remember to many toys is a bad thing, keep it down to 2 or 3 favs, if a dog has to many toys, they think everything is there toy. When you can’t watch her, she needs to be in her crate.

      Muzzling for this type of thing, is cruel.