If you had think of your Pugs favorite activities chewing would be somewhere in the top three – not too far from begging for food. That’s because dogs use their mouth for everything. We are lucky to have hands and thumbs that let us pick and feel things. For dogs, their mouths work as their hands.
It’s only natural for them to experience the world by biting into things. That’s why when I talk about destructive chewing, I really want to underline the word “destructive”. Not all chewing is bad. Chewing toys are actually good for your pugs overall health. It’s the destructive part that we need to stop.
So what counts as destructive chewing? Basically if the Pugs teeth end up on anything that you don’t want him to chew on. Here is a list of some of the more common things that dogs like to chew on when their owner is not home.
Most puppies like to chew on things simply because their teething, but that’s not always the reason behind their favorite hobby. Just like with any behavior problem, your first goal should always be to understand why your dog does the things that he does. This will help you stop and cure the bad behavior.
Reasons for Destructive chewing
When dealing with a Pug that has problem with chewing things he isn’t supposed to, you have to provide him with things that he is allowed to chew. Again we are not trying to eliminate chewing here, but only stop the behavior that’s destructive.
So make sure he always has some chew toys of his own that he can play with. Unfortunately though that’s not always enough. Dogs are not born knowing the difference between their “toys” and your shoes. To them, everything looks like a chew toy. You will have to show your dog what he can and can’t chew.
The easiest way to show your dog that his toys are for chewing and playing is by playing with them yourself. Get your Pug excited by tossing or rolling the toy around the floor. Tease him with it a little by pushing it towards him and then pulling it away. Keep the mood fun and exciting so that he gets interested in playing with you.
Correct your Pugs chewing habit
Now that he has a few of his own toys to play with and chew, it’s time to teach him that everything else in the house is not there for him to play with. The easiest way to do that is to catch him while he is misbehaving. When you see him playing with anything but his toys, follow these three steps:
With some practice your Pug will have a good idea of which things are his chew toys and which are not. This should be enough to stop most destructive chewing, but sometimes there might be other things that will keep the behavior going.
You will have to address the underlying issues to complete fix this behavior. Here are a few suggestions on how to do just that:
Boredom – Playing with the same few toys over and over can become stale. This is why I suggest you keep a few extra toys hidden and rotate them. That way each toy will feel a little more special to your dog since it might not be there tomorrow.
Teething – All puppies go through this stage and it can be a nightmare for your house. More toys can help. I would also suggest you get some edible chew toys. Since they have a bit of flavor to them, your puppy will be more likely to chew them over the not-so-tasty furniture.
Separation anxiety – Here chewing is just a symptom of a bigger problem. You will have to deal with the Pug’s separation anxiety to stop his chewing problem.
Comfort – Chewing can be very comforting for dogs. Leave him with a comfortable blankly so that he feels better. This is more common in puppies than older dogs.
If you want to raise an obedient, happy and healthy Pug then I highly recommend that you read “Pug Perfect”. It will make your life a whole lot easier.