Does your Dog Think Chewing Everything in the House is HIS JOB?

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Does your Dog Think Chewing Everything in the House is HIS JOB?

Does your dog think chewing everything is his job and he is a workaholic?

Excessive Chewing can push even the most devoted dog parent to the breaking point, but here’s how I advise clearing up this misunderstanding…

The “3 Dog Days” system works wonders when first bringing dogs home, and can be used to rehabilitate dogs already part of your family. Starting over with an existing dog and working the system actually helps the dog feel better and works to “reset” a dog’s mind. Future videos addressing very specific unwanted behaviors are in the works! In the meantime, the companionship and control section can be a big help with chewing issues when worked along with this training tip:

I like to provide dogs with only 3 prey items at first (or during your rehab time,) meaning one squeaky toy, one ball, one chew bone. If you are extinguishing unwanted chewing behavior from a dog you already have, you will know what types of toys and chew items are his favorite already. Meet his desires with 3 items ONLY. I find chewing problems develop because the dog has access to a giant box of toys from the beginning and he then mistakenly thinks every item in the house is up for grabs, and that’s too confusing for dogs.

So, you will start with the companionship/control section of the “3 Dog Days” video and get your dog his favorite 3 play/prey items. He will be controlled so he can’t run through the house and chew things when you are distracted or the house is busy with other people. During this 3 day period, keep praising and encouraging the play and chewing of these 3 items. In your mind, you have determined that all other items are off limits. You will devote your energy and time during this 3 days toward letting your dog know these 3 items are “yes” and all other items are “no.” Clean up all socks, shoes, towels, stuffed animals or any other items he mistakenly has been chewing in the past. Now, after 3 days and after his mind “resets” from the control and efforts your have given to this chewing issue, you will allow him to run free in a controlled area; for example just the kitchen and living room (within reason and when you can observe.)

Deliberately, put one sock or one shoe in the floor or somewhere accessible to him. Remember, you already cleaned up the other stuff so your focus will be to watch him and be ready to disagree when he gets the sock. When, he gets the sock say “no” and provide the respectful structure and guidance you learned when watching “3 Dog Days” You should back him away or stand on the sock or shoe and the dog must back away from the sock. Don’t say any other words and don’t say “no” more than once! Make it happen with your mind, your will and your body. He will understand. Now, when he gives up the sock, just take it and walk away (don’t say “good boy” when he backs away. That will confuse him. Don’t say anything!) and get one of his allowed toy/prey items. Bring it to him and say, in an excited voice, “this is for Ollie! Get this Ollie! Good Boy” See the pattern? No this – but then you must provide the Yes this.

Once he is practiced and understands he is only allowed to chew/play with his 3 prey items, you can slowly introduce, one at a time, all the things he is NOT allowed to chew just like you did with the sock and you can disagree when he gets them. He will start understanding quickly.

When time passes and he only chews his 3 items and you have shown him other things are off limits, you can introduce one new toy at a time. Each time you bring a new toy home you say “This is for Ollie…..Get it Ollie!” Make Sense? I still wouldn’t go over 5 – 6 allowed toy items at a time. Remember, when the parent decides, really decides, to change something and makes a plan; the dog will follow. Good luck and I hope you find this tip helpful! Enjoy your dogs

About the Author:

I’m going to expose myself to you. I’m generally a fairly private person, so this kind of mass, personal exposure causes me some discomfort. However, I’m also a very straight forward person and I don’t shy away from the truth – I’m always happy to share anything I’ve discovered with others in the hope they can also benefit. My greatest desire, my absolute passion, is to change the world for dogs; and in order to do this, I must tell you my story. My journey started, like too many others, doing my best to ride out a very dysfunctional, abusive childhood. How I survived it, how I coped, was to escape into the natural world. I spent every moment I could, observing and caring for my much-loved pets. My family and friends would later remark they rarely saw me without, a cat, dog, guinea pig, horse, goat or rat! In my teens, I became obsessed with researching and planning how I could make things better for animals and protect them from abuse. Adulthood brought a career in real estate and construction and then the gift of two fantastic sons. My focus was on raising my boys to be kind, resilient, happy young men. Through the years, though, I was rehabilitating rescue dogs one or two at a time…the more difficult the case, the more I learned. The dogs were teaching me. I was honing my techniques until I was consistently able to cure dogs and bring back a happy dog mind. Like most moms, I did push myself too hard on all fronts and stress was my constant companion – eventually leading to a decade of various health challenges. I was very busy, and out of necessity, I developed a high tolerance for pain and kept pushing myself forward. Eventually, the universe dealt me a hand that would break me and demand I sit up and take notice. The short version is I was finally diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, a rare condition that delivers excruciating nerve pain in the form of “lightening strikes” in the face. I typical had around 30 strikes a day, which varied based on the number and types of incapacitating, medications prescribed to help me endure…to help me stay alive. Trigeminal neuralgia causes what is generally described as the “worst pain known to man ” and “the suicide disease.” If I tried to eat or speak, I got a strike. If I tried to brush my teeth, I got a strike. If I tried to go outside in the wind, I got a strike. I think one of the most devastating parts was not being able to cry…even crying brought a lighting bolt through my mouth. TN steals your life through extreme physical pain and starvation; and terrorizes you emotionally. After enduring it for 5 years, bedridden for the last six months, it was clear I wasn’t going to survive. The details of what happen next are extremely personal, but I was utterly aware I was living my final few days in this world. I had fought, furiously, to stay alive for my boys, but I felt the last energy from my cells slip away. I had lost my last battle. At that moment, I left most of my physical body and pierced the veil between our world and another world. I was instantaneously pain free and completely at peace; but it was not to be. How I was saved, though, is a whole other story. I will just tell you that I was not allowed to fully leave this world; while simultaneously and without my knowledge, a completely random set of circumstances and people were coming perfectly together to my rescue. By the next day, I was rushed to Pittsburgh for emergency brain surgery, preformed by gifted surgeons I had never met. I awoke from the ordeal completely cured…and with a clear directive. I was the recipient of a miracle; and I was to use this second chance to make the world a much better place for dogs. I realized I had to figure out, no matter how difficult, a way to spread this desperately needed information about the dog mind and heart everywhere! No longer was it just ok to save one dog at a time or help one family at a time. I had to make videos with clear, concise, common sense techniques and information; and get them into the hands of every dog parent. I will never stop working and advocating for dogs until my second chance time here is over. Please join me on this journey and help me spread the word!

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