Coming 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.
Cure 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.