Stop Your Boston Terrier from Chewing Up on Things

 

Chewing is a normal behavior of dogs. However, as a member of the pack, you cannot permit this behavior, especially if your Boston Terrier lives inside the house and chewing on your slippers, furniture, and other things in sight has become a favorite pastime.  Some dogs have even chewed their way through the remote control, books, and even the wall.

Dogs develop their chewing behavior when they were still puppies and they are in their teething stage when all they want is to chew anything to ease the pain. Unlike babies who are given “teethers” to chew on or whose gums were rubbed with a topical gel to alleviate pain when they are on the teething stage, puppies chew whatever they can get a hold on.  If this behavior will continue to adulthood, this has become a vice that should be readily corrected to avoid damage to property.  Adult Boston Terriers often chew as a result of anxiety brought about by separation. Dogs also chew on things because they are bored or it is simply a part of their play.  Still other dogs chew because the taste and smell of the object is appealing to their senses. 

Regardless of the reasons why adult dogs keep chewing on things, stopping this destructive behavior should be foremost on your list and should be given priority.

You should understand that all dogs undergo the teething stage when they are still puppies. You can ask your Veterinarian to prescribe a topical gel which is often used in babies to alleviate pain and discomfort which are often experienced during teething.  You can also give your Boston Terrier puppy toys made of hard rubber of plastic which are meant to be used for puppies that are in the teething stage.  You can also give your puppy ice cubes that he can chew on, or a frozen washcloth that you have tied into a knot.

When a dog is left alone for many hours during the day, it will feel boredom and pass the time chewing on objects that he can easily have access to.  Get your dog to exercise or go for a walk. The fresh air and the exercise will relax and energize them at the same time.  Taking them outside for a walk will expose them to something new and exciting and prevent boredom.

Dogs will also chew when they experience fear and fright brought about by loud noises such as thunderstorms.  They can also become nervous when other dogs are present. If your dog can easily see the street from your window and sees a dog passing by, he will bark and start chewing on the window frames. As you can see from these examples, dogs will also chew to exhibit a defensive behavior. One of the best techniques to overcome this behavior is to teach him to obey when you command him to “stay”.  Calming your dog when he displays an aggressive or nervous behavior will also do wonders to relax him and erase his fears.

Chewing can also be a form of play for your dog particularly dogs with high energy levels. If your dog is one energetic canine, you should give him regular exercise and structure activities such as fetch or jumping.

Still, there are also dogs that use chewing as a way to get their owner’s attention. Or, they chew on an object because it tastes good. When you know what objects appeal to your dog, it is best not to leave them around.

Considering the important causes why your dog keeps on chewing on things, you will be able to address the root cause of each situation and ultimately get rid of this negative and destructive behavior.