Q & A: Chewing dogs

Q: Why do certain dogs chew more than others?

A: There are quite a few reasons why some dogs chew more than others. Some of the reasons include:

  • Genetics – he has a predisposition to chew.
  • Personality – the dog finds this extremely rewarding.
  • Environment – it can be out of boredom or anxiety. Determine whether your dog is stimulated mentally, or if there is something in his environment that makes him anxious. In this case, it is best to consult a behaviourist.
  • Health – he could be teething, or there might be something wrong with his teeth. Consult a veterinarian if you suspect something.
  • Age – pups often grow out of the chewing phase; however, this can take a few years with some dogs.

Samantha Walpole, behaviourist

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