Stop Your Dog From Munching on the Furniture

Your Labrador retriever Chase loves to give his choppers a workout. You’ve lost count of the tennis balls he has demolished, and he can go through a normal doggie chew toy in about an hour. Unfortunately, your industrious dog has recently turned his jaws on your family room furniture. Although Chase’s chewing helps to scrub his teeth, he shouldn’t be doing that on your furniture. Tomorrow, your veterinarian Vista will give your delinquent dog some much-needed behavioral counseling. Learn more about other strategies that might work.

Banish Your Canine Criminal

If you can remove your unruly pooch from the crime scene, that should solve the problem. Close the family room door, or otherwise barricade that room. However, understand that your resourceful dog will probably make short work of any jury-rigged barrier.

If your dog’s taste runs more toward printed material, stack those books and magazines on higher shelves. If he prefers to nosh on high-end shoes, place them behind a closet door. Remember, though, that your determined dog won’t give up easily.

Excruciatingly Bad Experience

If blocking off the crime scene won’t work, give Chase a completely miserable chewing session. Purchase a vet-recommended chewing deterrent; and spritz the nasty liquid on or around your dog’s current targets. Introduce him to the deterrent by getting him to lick an already-sprayed paper towel. He’ll likely be revolted by the encounter, and hopefully he’ll associate that horrible result with your furniture’s taste and smell.

More Pleasant Alternative

Now that you’ve made Chase think twice about chewing, provide him with a more acceptable chewing target. Purchase some super-rugged chew toys that might withstand your dog’s iron jaws. If treats are permissible, fill a treat puzzle with peanut butter or his favorite snacks. If your canine housemate loves a vigorous tug-of-war game, buy him a two-way pull toy that will work his choppers nicely.

Mental and Physical Challenges

Channel Chase’s energy into a canine obedience class (or get him a refresher). Accompany your energetic dog outside for some fast-paced playtime; or take him to the dog park to burn off some energy. In theory, if he wears himself out, he’ll have less “oomph” left for your furniture.

Ask your veterinarian Vista how to control your dog’s chewing when he’s home alone. If your pooch won’t leave the furniture alone, call us for expert assistance.