How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing
Dogs are notorious chewers. They’ll chew on raw hide, tough rubber toys, shoes, and pretty much anything they think is up for grabs that they can get their mouth on. Unfortunately, they are also known to chew on themselves! This is why it's important to choose the right emotional support animal. There are a lot of reasons dogs might chew on themselves, but whatever the case may be, it’s a behavior you will definitely want to stop. Excessive chewing can lead to skin infections, reduced mobility (if they are chewing on their paws), poor hygiene and a bad smelling pup. Luckily you have a lot of options when it comes to how to change the behavior and fix the problem.
Keeping your dog clean is the easiest way to help. Like people, a lot of dogs have allergies to natural irritants like pollen and man-made ones like various chemicals. Simply giving your dog regular baths will help with this, but you can go a bit further. After being outside, wipe off your dog’s paws, legs, and other areas he might chew at with grooming wipes. These are a great product you can get almost anywhere, and they help to remove irritants from your pet’s body. If you haven’t noticed, most dogs are covered in fur or hair so allergens can stick to them and stay with them for a long time. Because allergens are found in the home as well, keeping your home and your dog’s beds and blankets clean also helps. We’re not saying you have a dirty home, but there’s no understating how far a little more cleanliness can go.
Weather is a big factor that leads to skin problems which, in turn, inevitably lead to chewing. Air that’s too hot and humid, as well as air that’s too dry, can both effect dogs’ skin in different ways. In both cases, the result is the same. You guess it: More chewing! Make sure your home is as weatherproofed and insulated as possible to maintain a comfortable temperature and humidity level.
Another thing you should consider is your dog’s diet. What we put in our pet’ bodies has a huge effect on their overall health and skin sensitivity and allergens are no exception. Every dog has different needs so the best thing to do is talk to your veterinarian and come up with a healthy meal plan for your little friend. It may even be that your dog has a direct sensitivity to something in the current food you’re using. If that’s the case, changing up the diet a bit can have fast results.
If you’ve taken all these steps but your furry friend is still chewing himself up, you have other options. For allergies, many vets can offer prednisone shots during the worst parts of the year to help with inflammation and itching. Other medications and pills are available but, in most cases, they aren’t year-round solutions. Usually, with a combination of the strategies above and some medical help from the vet, most dogs see a huge improvement in their chewing.