Is chewing a destructive behavior? Here’s the only answer: as long as your dog is chewing on the incorrect thing. So give them something that’s okay to chew. Your dog’s chewing won’t just destroy your home and belongings. It could even be dangerous, as many objects present choking hazards, cause gastrointestinal blockages, or forced entry sharp pieces which will hurt your pup’s insides.
That said, you shouldn’t want to prevent your dog from chewing entirely. Puppy chewing is a crucial part of the teething process. As adults, dogs often chew for fun or to alleviate boredom. Chewing or tearing things up (like paper) also can be a displacement behavior–thanks to releasing pent-up energy or stress. Making sure your dog chews only on appropriate things will help keep them–and your belongings–safe. Here are a couple
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