Why do adult dogs chew things: reasons and advice from dog handlers
If you’ve ever raised a puppy, you’ve probably experienced an interesting teething period for your little one.
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At this stage, your pet will tend to chew on anything in order to “scratch” his new teeth.
However, although the behavior of small puppies is understandable, adult dogs can also retain this habit, raising questions. Dog handlers identify three main reasons:
- Memory from childhood. If a puppy is left alone for a long time, the owner does not take an active part in his upbringing, and he begins to chew things or furniture, then there is a chance that this behavior will become ingrained. To avoid this, it is important to offer age-appropriate toys to your pet when you notice these behaviors.
- Feeling lonely. Dogs need constant contact with people: without their owner, they can feel very lonely. In such situations, they may begin to chew things due to a feeling of hopelessness. If the main person is absent, the rest of the family should pay more attention to the pet to distract him from sad thoughts.
- Lack of entertainment. Dogs need variety and activities, otherwise they may start looking for entertainment on their own. If you do not provide your pet with a sufficient level of activity, or do not walk or play with him enough, then he may try to attract your attention by any means available.
It is important to remember that in such cases the dog may even welcome negative attention. Therefore, it is important to provide your pet not only with a roof over his head and food, but also with enough activities together.