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Stuff Dogs Like – Chewing!

 
funny pictures of dogs with captionschew

1.   to crush or grind with the teeth; masticate.

2. to crush, damage, injure, etc., as if by chewing.

3. to make by or as if by chewing: The puppy chewed a hole in my slipper.
  
The puppy chewed a hole in my slipper!  How prophetic is that?  Chewing.  We all do it, but dogs?  They do it really really well.  Why do dogs chew on stuff is the question:

 

 It is inherent in the nature of the dog.  They chew because they can. 

Puppies chew because when they are teething.  The chewing helps with the gum discomfort, and they especially like to chew on frozen/cold items when they are teething.

A lot of dogs chew when they are bored, lonely, or suffering separation anxiey. (This I know from experience.)

Chewing helps relieve anxiety and stress.

Poor nutrition.  The lack of some nutrients in a dog’s diet can cause a dog to chew things in an effort to fulfill its need for certain nutrients/minerals. 

 

funny pictures of dogs with captionsThere is no doubt that some dogs can cause serious destruction when they chew.  My first thought to seeing a new hole in the drywall, or a destroyed pillow, was not the problem of fixing or cleaning up, but to consider “how much drywall did Clover ingest? Is she going to die from eating the wallpaper? What happened to the zipper from the destroyed pillow? Where is the other shoe?”  I am thankful that Clover never had to have surgery to remove an object that she ate, but wouldn’t be surprised if an x-ray of her belly today would show a playground of missing items including a pair of eyeglasses. 

Let’s face it, I knew nothing about raising a crazy puppy like Clover.  We lived and learned together.  At the old age of 9, I still don’t trust her 100 percent,  and I leave as few temptations in her path as I can.  Its been a while since she ate a wall, but only two years ago, she ate the front door.  I never thought she did it out of spite, but more as acting out some anxiety. 

Cosmo?  Forget it.  He chewed a hole in a towel that I left on the floor in the bathroom.  Once. 

A final suggestion to anyone with a chewer?  Crate training, Kongs, indestructible dog bones, supervised chewing sessions.  And, be consistent with the training – be ever vigilant!  Remove all temptation, and don’t take the destruction of your favorite book, shoes, handbag, jacket, couch, etc. as a personal vendetta.  Its a dog thing. 

dogPhotos courtesy of the ever funny Loldogs!

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7 thoughts on “Stuff Dogs Like – Chewing!

  1. Marco only chews the corners of our mail these days but when we first got him he chewed stuff when we went out. The first time we left him for more than an hour he went into the closet and selected my newest pair of shoes! The next time it was my Claudia Roden cookbook. And the last time it was the sofa. Her gave up after that! Thankfully.

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  2. Just catching up with some of your posts. Its been a while, I wanted to tell you that some of your conversations with your parents make me laugh out loud!!!! You are a talented writer, and have cute doggies too :) Oh and I loved the picture of Cosmo and your mom in curlers!!

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  3. My Grandpa Angus the airedale ate part of a wall too (along with a couch, a carpet, and several video tapes). I just kind of used to gnaw on the sides of the garage and the deck. Stupid PeeWee chewed up some furnitures. But the worst with him is he doesn’t just chew, he eats stuff and momma still sometimes finds rocks in his poo which is most distressing. Since she never actually sees him with a rock in his mouth she is perplexed as to how to discourage him and given that here in Master Chew Sits the ground is always coughing up more rocks it is impossible to keep our environment rock free. Sigh.

    Slobbers,
    Mango

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