Stop Beagle Chewing
If you ask a toddler what it is that dogs do, the answer will often include barking, digging and chewing. Chewing is just a part of being a dog, so you can’t expect your Beagle to stop chewing for good.
Does that mean we should let our Beagles munch on anything they likes? No, absolutely not. A responsible dog owner needs to establish house rules for the dog to follow. Those same house rules need to make it clear for the dog what he can and can’t chew on.
Reasons why Your Beagle Chews
Different dogs chew for different reasons. Some do it because they are bored and have nothing better to do; others do it because they find it fun. Here are some common reasons for Beagle dog chewing:
- Chewing is just what dogs do – It would be weird to own a dog that doesn’t ever chew on anything.
- Teething – This activity really helps Beagle puppies with their teething discomforts.
- It tastes good – You might think that the old sweaty sneakers would taste disgusting, but your puppy will probably disagree with you.
- Helps relieve stress – Munching on something keeps their minds busy by giving them something else to focus on other than their worries or concerns.
- It’s fun – Some dogs absolutely love to chomp on anything that they can get a hold of. Finding out how long it takes for them to chew through the thing is like a game for them.
How to stop destructive chewing
Let me just start this off by saying that you shouldn’t try to eliminate chewing completely. Some people think that just because they are encouraging their dogs to chew on their toys, the dog will be more likely to chew on other things he probably isn’t supposed to touch. This actually is not true.
By giving specific items to your Beagle to gnaw on (toys, treats, bones, etc.) you are taking control and giving him a chance to get chewing needs out of his system. So your goal shouldn’t be to get rid of this activity entirely, but to keep it under control. Here are some tips on how to do exactly that:
- Correct him when you catch him – When you catch your Beagle sinking his teeth into something he shouldn’t, quickly get his attention and give him one of his chew toys. This will help him understand what he is allowed to munch on better.
- Rotate his toys – Playing with the same toys everyday can get boring quickly. So what you can do is have multiple toys and rotate them each day. So each day it will feel like he has a new set of toys to play with.
- Keep your valuables out of the dogs reach – I know this is not a solution to the problem, but it’s always a good idea to keep some of the more valuable items out of your Beagles reach.
- Make sure your Beagle gets plenty of exercise – Sometimes dog chew out of stress and exercise is a great way to cure it.
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