Some dogs just love to chew. The majority of the chewing goes on when owners leave their dogs alone in the home. Dogs have to have something to entertain themselves when the pet parents are away for hours at a time.
1. Trash cans- What a plethora of good things are in that garbage can in the kitchen! Keep the kitchen garbage can behind a locked kitchen cabinet door to avoid coming home to one bit fat mess.
2. Your beautiful wood- You know those lovely wooden stairs and the wood railings that are attached to them. Dogs love to chew on those. Any baseboards are favorite chewing items as are the nice molding around windows and doors.
3. Curtains and Drapes-Long curtains are fun to pull, chew, and shred. Hang em high folks!
4. Little Stuff- Chewing on small items is so much fun for dogs to gnaw on when there is nothing else to do. Dogs seem to like the taste of pens, pencils, and even crayons because they sure do provide a lot of chewing pleasure. If you have children, all those tiny parts of toys make for a lot of chewing pleasure, and for a possible choking hazard if swallowed by your dog.
5. Anything Made of Paper- Books and those spiral notebooks have a lot of chewing fun in store. Any papers lying around the house will get the chewing treatment too.
6. Throw Rugs- A dog can do a lot of damage with those canine teeth if it gets a hold of a throw rug. I think dogs do enjoy the ripping sound.
7. Vinyl Floor Tiles- Bathrooms, hallways and kitchen floors that have vinyl tiles do require a bit of work to chew, but the work is worth it to a dog.
8. Cords- You have your telephone cords, your electrical cords, and those cords attached to blinds that a dog will eye as a possible chew thing. If those cords are not out of a dogs reach, then your home will be a chewing free for all.
9. Pillows- All that stuffing that comes out of a chewed pillow is a hoot to dogs.
10. Doggie Beds- Yes, a dog may chew up and shred the bed he sleeps on if left to his own devices.
11. Wicker Furniture- Wicker is not the sturdiest furniture material, and one dog can ruin a wicker piece of furniture in no time flat!
12. Plants- Plants are a dangerous items to leave within the reach of a dogs mouth. Some plants are poisonous to dogs, so all plants should be placed where no dog can get to them if you do not want to do the research to find which ones are toxic to dogs.
13. Cars- Well, if you leave your dog in your car for too long a time, you may come out of wherever you have wandered into and find the seats of your car in shreds.
14. Mattresses- Again, most mattresses have some interesting material inside that a dog just has to get to.
15. Legs- Not human legs, but chair and table legs can take a beating if a dog decides to chew on those.
16. Tubes- Tubes of anything are fair game to a dog who feels the need to chew. Toothpaste in a tube is fun for a dog. Any medicines in tubes, lets say antibiotic cream, will get a good chewing, and make a dog sick, if left where a dog can have at it.
17. Doorknobs- Wooden door knobs and metal doorknobs just seem to say chew me to a dog.
18. Shoes- Maybe is the the foot smell that attracts a dog to a shoe to chew. Who knows?
19. Prescription Bottles- You know those plastic childproof containers holding your pills are not dog proof too? You must make sure your dog never, ever gets its teeth around one of those prescription bottles. While we are at it, any over-the-counter bottle of supplements or medicines are a chewing danger to dogs too.
20. Foam- Well, underneath wall-to-wall carpeting and in many furniture cushions is all that foam padding. Dogs can rip big chunks of foam from under carpeting and tear it right out of those furniture cushions. They just bite off a chunk and spit it right out over and over again.
Stop Chewing Product: If you can get some Bitter Apple, in spray or cream form, from your local pet store, then spray or spread that on certain items that you do not want your dog to chew. Works great on wood, planters and more and will not damage the item. Read instructions and cautions carefully on the Bitter Apple product label.
Tip: Even the best chew toys in the world will not keep a dog from chewing your belongings to pieces. Dogs who are bored chew. Dogs who are lonely chew. And, dogs who are frightened or teething chew. Most dogs go through this chewing phase as pups and the chewing-up-everything-in-site habit goes away after they get a bit older. Your best bet is to keep all things you do not want chewed up by your dog out of his reach. Before you leave the house survey the areas your dog will roam in the house to make sure your things are not in view to chew! After you have made it impossible for your puppy, or even your adult dog, to get at those things you value, always leave chew toys around for him to gnaw on when you are not around so he can do what comes naturally.