How to Stop Your Dog from Chewing Your Furniture
Most dogs feel deeply attached to their humans and wish nothing more than to be able to accompany them wherever they go. Pet sitters are a fantastic way to ensure your company enjoys lovely walks throughout the day and the company of professionals who are as passionate about pooches as you are. Dog sitters are a great way to ensure your furniture stays intact, free from the destruction caused by dog chewing. If this is a problem for you, the first step is to analyze the reasons for the destructive behavior.
Why do Dogs Chew Furniture?
Some of the main reasons why dogs destroy furniture by gnawing at cushions, sofas, and tables, include boredom and a lack of exercise. Dogs need various walks a day to remain at a healthy weight, strengthen their muscles and help keep conditions such as osteoarthritis at bay.
This is especially true if your dog is older or overweight. Being obese can lead to everything from heart disease to diabetes, and your dog may already be struggling with health conditions which are more common in older dogs.
Exercise is vital for mental as well as physical health, though. Dogs can feel anxious and frustrated, letting their excess energy out on your precious furniture items, shoes, etc.
How to Put a Halt to Chewing Behavior
To stop your dog from gnawing at woodwork and other furniture, give him a good daily workout which lasts between 30 to 40 minutes. If your dog is older, you may wish to break up this activity period into various 10- to 15-minute chunks.
Choose active games and activities for younger, healthy dogs (such as fetch, running alongside you while your cycle, or swimming in the sea – always with a life vest). For older dogs, simply walking and swimming for a few minutes with you in a heated pool will be perfect.
Make Your Own Furniture Spray
A cheap and effective spray can be made by blending 2 cups water, 20 drops of bergamot essential oil, and 2 cups of white vinegar. Just pour the mixture into a spray bottle and watch your pooch avoid tables and chairs for good.
The Importance of Training
Of all the measures you can take, the most important probably involves training your dog to know what kind of behavior you consider unacceptable. To teach him to stop barking or chewing, every time he performs these actions, immediately make a loud noise. It might be a loud clap or a small horn, but the point is, it’ll distract him. In the case of chewing, the ideal distraction is a chew toy which will redirect his chewing instinct to a better outlet.
To stop destructive chewing, try various approaches and place a strong emphasis on training. If the behavior persists or is accompanied by anxious symptoms such as consistent howling, urinating indoors previously etc., it might be separation anxiety, in which case you should see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and recommended treatment.
You may also want to think about hiring a pet sitter to stop by and take your dog for a walk to get out some of that excess energy. If you are in the Union County NC area call Love and Kisses Pet Sitting 704-763-9857