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Most dogs have a natural desire to chew. And

Most dogs have a natural desire to chew. And really it's fun and passes time a self-rewarding, self-reinforcing activity.)

Chewing is an outlet for a nervous bored or lonely dog. To an anxious dog, the repetitive act of chewing is soothing it's the doggie equivalent of comfort food.

If dogs are not exercised to burn up their excess energy they often turn to chewing to give themselves something to do.

How to prevent bad chewing -

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Dogs are perfectly capable of learning not to chew your stuff, you just have to put in a little effort first, that's all.

1. Take control and manage your own possessions. Dog-proofing your home should be the first step. Even if she is well-behaved there is no reason to test her self-control after all dogs explore the world with their mouth.

Dog-proofing your home means taking whatever you don't want to end up in her mouth, and making it unavailable. Consider her size and agility when deciding whether somethings out of reach: can she jump? Can she climb on something to reach the desired object? How tall is she when standing on her back legs?

Many things in the home are common targets such as clothes, garbage, small crunchy things like cameras, cell phones and remote controls.

when food is at stake you will be surprised how easy she can get to it, all food needs to be put securely away!), put all food into containers or the pantry. Make sure you scrape out plates and rinse them before leaving them by the sink.

2. Don't let her learn the joys of illegal chewing. The more times she manages to snatch a jaw full of a forbidden substance a chair-leg, a pillow, a running shoe the more readily she'll target those items in future. If you can prevent her from chewing your stuff in the first place, it's a lot easier for her to understand what you expect of her. Practically speaking, this means confining her in a dog-proofed area until you're confident of her understanding of the house rules.

3. Dont set her up for failure by blurring the boundaries between her stuff (OK to chew) and your stuff (not OK to chew). Do not offer your dog cast-off shoes, clothes or anything that she may have pick up before and gotten in trouble for, how could she tell the difference.

4. Give her lots of different, good tasting alternatives to your things. If her environment is relatively barren of attractive, appropriate chewing objects, you can hardly blame her for targeting your possessions. Just think, most dogs need to chew; especially if she's an adolescent or a puppy. Go on a toy and chew shopping spree, then give her two or three to play with at a time. Rotating the available toys every few days will keep things novel and interesting for her.

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