Labrador Chewing – How To Stop It
Labrador chewing, like any other dog that chews, is perfectly normal. The part that needs to be corrected is “what” he chews on.
Is He A Puppy?
If the labrador chewing on things is a puppy, it's probably because he's teething. He needs to chew on something to help his teeth come in.
Stick a few of his chew toys in a plastic bag and stick them in the freezer. When you notice him needing to chew, take one out of the freezer and give it to him. When he's done and walks away, put it back in the freezer until the next time he starts in on his labrador chewing.
Rope toys can also be frozen and given to your puppy when he needs to chew on something. Soak the rope in water before placing it in a plastic bag and sticking in the freezer. The rope often keeps a puppy busy longer than the chew toys.
Is He Bored?
Most dogs, and labs are no exception, need plenty of exercise to keep them healthy. However, many people don't realize that getting lots of exercise also keeps their minds agile and alert. A dog that is kept busy won't be a bored dog. Bored dogs often chew!
If the labrador chewing tends to happen while you are away from home, plan on giving your dog a brisk walk or a vigorous romp before leaving the home. Your dog will enjoy the activity and he'll be more apt to take a nap when he gets back home and you leave.
Leaving out toys for him to play with while you are gone is also recommended.
There is always the possibility that the labrador chewing is happening because your pet is experiencing separation anxiety. Your pet may be stressing because he misses you or he doesn't like to be left alone. Again, exercise and spending time with him before you leave will help your pet.
If at all possible, arrange for a family member or friend to visit your dog during long periods of separation. Breaking up hours of being left alone will soften the stress of separation.
You may consider putting half of his toys away for a short time. Every week pick up all of his toys and swap them out for the toys that have been in hiding. Changing his environment may also help. Leave a radio on in one room for a day. The next day leave the television on. Change the stations and the channels to give him different voices and sounds to listen to.
Your dog isn't trying to make you miserable with the labrador chewing, but he is telling you that something is wrong. He needs your help to show him what is acceptable and what isn't.