Tag Archives: chewing

Hyperactive Naughty Dogs

This week I’ve had a consultation with a couple whose dog has been (in what most owners’ eyes would be considered to be) very naughty around the house.  Doing things like:

  • Stealing things
  • Ripping things up
  • Running up and down the house
  • Jumping all over the furniture
  • Mouthing them
  • Biting the furniture
  • Running and jumping up at them

I thought I would write an article about it (more…)

Why dogs chew

Dogs chew to make themselves feel better.  Chewing naturally releases endorphins for them (as it does for us), so it can be used as a stress reliever, or as an enjoyable activity.

Archie is taking pleasure from chewing this ball (see below) – and you may notice your own dogs enjoying a similar calm nibble on something, which seems to be an equivalent to us listening to music, or doing yoga – or (more…)

Why Buying An Indestructible Dog Bed Isn’t The Answer…

If you are looking for an indestructible dog bed, then you likely have a problem which is bigger than the durability of the bed.  Logically speaking it makes sense:

Dog chews bed to bits, dog needs new bed. Dog is likely to chew new bed. Buying beds repeatedly is expensive, therefore buy an indestructible dog bed.

indestructible dog bed

As a dog trainer, someone who regularly helps people to stop their dog from chewing, (more…)

How to occupy your dog while you are out

If you are wondering how to occupy your dog while you are out, stop and ask yourself this question.  Why am I trying to occupy my dog while I am out…?  Is it to stop any of these behaviours?

  • Toileting while you are gone
  • Destructiveness
  • Howling and barking

Or is it just because you are worried that it will be bored, and you are trying to do the right thing…?  Well…worried about how to occupy your dog while you are out

You don’t need to worry (more…)

What to do if you have an anxious dog.

It can be very distressing, having an anxious dog.  Seeing the poor little mite jumping out of its skin at the smallest things.  I have noticed that it’s not always obvious when a dog is anxious or why they are anxious, so…

Signs of an anxious dog

  • Eyes wide and staring
  • Panting
  • Excessive Chewing,
  • Excessive barking
  • Pacing around
  • Very rarely settles
  • Follows you around all the time
  • Shaking (more…)

Stopping a dog from chewing

stopping a dog from chewingHow to go about stopping a dog from chewing will depend on the reason it is chewing, and when it is chewing. Chewing usually occurs for 2 main reasons. One is early in life, a dog will chew while it is teething, to relieve the pain and pressure on its gums. The other main reason a dog will chew is out of stress or anxiety. Chewing provides comfort, as it releases endorphins, and gives them an outlet (more…)

Do You Have a Destructive Dog…?

It’s extremely upsetting for owners who have a destructive dog, coming home each day to see their belongings chewed or ripped up. Often expensive or difficult to replace items, including furniture or door frames, can be the targets. I’ve known owners to go to all different lengths to avoid further destruction, including putting their dogs in doggie day care, building runs and kennels in the garden, (more…)

What is Separation Anxiety and what do you do about it?

Separation AnxietyMany dog owners contact me saying that their dog has separation anxiety, but the understanding of what separation anxiety is differs from person to person. As it suggests the dog is anxious because is it separate from you. The key thing is though that the dog thinks that it is responsible for looking after you, and this is what causes the anxiety. It isn’t because the dog is lonely, or bored, or sulking. (more…)