Dalmatian Puppy Chewing

Dalmatian Puppy ChewingComing home to chewed up furniture, shoes, clothes, electronics or anything else that the Dalmatian can reach is not that uncommon of a problem. It isn’t exclusive just to the Dalmatian breed either. It’s a problem that most dog owners have to face at one point or another. However it is a common behavior problem amongst young puppies that haven’t learned not to chew things they shouldn’t.

But why is destructive chewing so common amongst dogs? Is it easy to stop the destructive chewing? If so, how do you correct this behavior and save your favorite pair of shoes from being chewed up again?

Why Your Puppy Chews

Even though it might seem like your little fur ball is chewing on your belongings to spite you for leaving him home alone for hours, it most likely isn’t the case.

Here is a small list of some of the more common causes of destructive chewing and biting:

  • Boredom – Your Dalmatian is probably bored sitting alone for long periods of time, and to him chewing is a great way to pass the time.
  • Teething – Just like little kids, puppies go through the teething phase as well.
  • Stress Relief – Chewing is one of the best ways to relieve some stress for dogs.
  • Curiosity – Have you ever noticed how little kids have to touch and feel everything around them out of curiosity? Well Dalmatian puppies do the same thing, but with their mouths.

Your Dalmatian could be chewing your dining room table for any one of those reasons, or a combination of them. However now that you understand the “Why”, you will have a better idea of how to stop the behavior.

Stopping Dalmatian Destructive Chewing

If you think that just buying a couple new chew toys is going to stop this behavior, I have some bad news. Buying toys alone will most likely do nothing if the Dalmatian is already in the habit of chewing on your TV remote control when you are gone.

Toys will only add variety, which isn’t bad, but the option of chewing furniture will still be there. If you want your dog to completely stop chewing on your personal belongings then you have to make sure it’s not an option for them. They need to know that chewing your living room couch is NOT okay.

The quickest way to do that is to use your best training “tool”, and that is catching the Dalmatian in the act and correcting his behavior. Try to sneak up on him while in the act and then with a loud and firm voice say “No!”. You will probably startle your dog a bit, but that’s good. All of his attention will be on you now, and not on the chewed up shoe next to him.

Now that you have his attention, redirect it to something he is allowed to chew like one of his toys. Once he has it in his mouth, praise him for it. If you do this, he will quickly learn that chewing on his toys is “good” and chewing on anything other will only get him into trouble.

Stop Dalmatian ChewingCure Disobedience Completely

No one wants their Dalmatian to chew, bite, bark, dig, growl and so on. It’s stressful and is often very costly to let the dog keep his disobedient behavior which is why you should fix it as soon as you can.

If you want to stop your Dalmatians behavior problems, improve his health and know exactly how to make him happy – check out the Dalmatian Owners Guide. It’s the only guide you will ever need to raise and train a happy, healthy and obedient Dalmatian.

Continue Reading: Top Dalmatian Disobedience Problems

About The Author

Charles Owens is a proud Dalmatian owner, trainer and enthusiast. He has been helping Dalmatian owners for years through his website, discussion forum and personal one on one training sessions.

He has also written a complete guide on what it takes to raise a healthy, happy and obedient Dalmatian.

You can find the complete guide here: The Complete Dalmatian Guide



I love Dalmatians but I need to know their behavior


I have a 9 month old dalmatian. She is great fun and has a great temperament, especially with my young family.
The only concern with my wonderful puppy is the continuous chewing, teddies, beds, slippers, shoes and the kids toys. I have tried telling her NO and replacing with one of her many toys, but as soon as she gets the chance she’s back chewing something she shouldn’t

She gets plenty of excersise and play as well as supervision but i feel I’m losing a constant battle regarding the chewing. The kids want her to play with them in their rooms but she destroys their toys while there. I have contemplated using a muzzle but aim to exhaust every alternative first

The chewing is not confined to when were out, but seems to occur more when someone is at home: myself, my wife or the whole family

Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated

Charles Owens:

Teddies, toys and shoes can all look like doggy toys. So she might be getting those two confused. Try to avoid buying toys that resemble anything you may find around the house.


Hi there I have same problem with my Damnation. Have you notice your damnation sheds a lot?


this advice has worked very well thank you


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