Recreational chewing isn’t something puppies just “grow out of”. Chewing is normal behaviour for dogs of all ages. It keeps their teeth and jaws in good shape – and it’s fun! Dogs enjoy getting into chew toys the same way we love getting into mystery novels or the next season of Bridgerton.
Of course, what you don’t enjoy is finding your designer handbag or remote control chewed by your dog. But if chewing is inevitable, how do you stop your dog from chewing your stuff?
Simple. Give him his own stuff!
There are so many things you can give your dog which will satisfy his need to chew. They can help keep his teeth clean and jaw strong, lessen boredom, relieve anxiety and if he’s chewing them, it’ll keep him from chewing your couch instead!
Topping our list of fave chew items are specially designed chew toys for dogs.
One such toy is the Stylish Hound Hercules. It is a sturdy rubber toy in a fun shape specially designed to encourage your dog to lick, hold and chew! For those dogs who need a little encouragement to get stuck in, you can fill the hole inside with dry treats or biscuits which fall out as your dog plays, or wet food such as pumpkin, yoghurt or mince which require more licking and chewing to reach. You can also smear sticky foods like peanut butter and cream cheese on the outside for an extra long-lasting treat. The grooves of the Hercules hold the food so that your dog enjoys it by licking and chewing – perfect to keep him entertained and those teeth off your furniture!
All-natural chew items include raw meaty bones and dry edible chews such as lamb ears, bully sticks, roo tails, goat horns, shark cartilage and more!
These long-lasting treats are especially good for situations where your dog is confined or tethered such as at a café because they’re less messy and don’t tend to roll away!
Other chews include dental chews, toy bones, rope toys and tough plush toys. All of these have benefits and risks which you need to assess for your individual dog.
✰ If you have a baby puppy, he should ONLY have access to the things you want him to chew. ✰ Exercise pens, baby gates, crates and dog runs are all handy to keep your puppy safely away from your valuables and dangerous items. (They also help with toilet training!) ✰ Research and provide safe all-natural long lasting chews to your dog. They also double up as mental stimulation!