Dogs will chew on everything.

If you let them.

The best way to teach your dog not to chew on everything—including your valuables—is to teach them the “leave it” command.

Here’s how:

Start by Giving Your Dog Better Options

Dogs chew on valuable furniture, clothes, and household items because……they’re there. Your dog doesn’t know the difference between a $500 pair of heels and a dish rag. He’ll chew them both until he’s had enough. Unless……

You give him a better option. The best thing you can give your dog is a treat, followed by a toy. This ensures he will drop whatever he’s chewing.

Teach Him the “Leave it” Command While Holding a Treat

Holding a treat out isn’t enough. You need to use words. The “leave it” command works best. While holding a treat, tell your dog to “leave it”—there’s no need to be stern. Your dog will respond by casually dropping what he’s chewing. Eventually, you’ll be able to use the command without a treat.

Use the Perfect Replacement Object

The object you give your dog following a treat should be a large chew toy. Make the effort to find the perfect one for your dog. When you do, purchase a few of them so you can scatter them around the house. Your dog will soon want to only chew on his perfect chew toy.

The “leave it” command is an important one that can save you money. It’s also a great way to improve your dog’s behavior. After learning the command, he’ll begin to understand what you care about. If you need any help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.