Dog Eating Wood: How To Make Them Stop

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Dog chewing on piece of woodDogs chew on wood because they like chewing on things. That’s why you see dogs play with chew toys, and why chew bones and treats are so popular with dogs. While it’s fairly common for a dog to chew on wood (especially if you use sticks or small logs to throw to them when you’re playing fetch) your dog will thank you if you help them lay off the wood. Why?

Why Is Wood Bad For My Dog?

The problem with your dog eating wood is two-fold.

  1. Small pieces of wood can lodge splinters in the mouth and esophagus, causing damage.
  2. Large pieces of wood can cause even more significant problems, including perforated intestines or stomach lining, and obstruction of your dog’s bowels.

How Do I Keep My Dog From Eating Wood?

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The key to keeping your dog from eating wood, as with anything you don’t want them to ingest, is to keep it away from them. Understandably, keeping wood away can be more difficult given your environment, especially if you live near a forest or wooded area.

Clear The Yard

Go out in your yard or wherever your dog is allowed to roam and pick up all the sticks, logs, and other pieces of wood you can find. You don’t need to do a perfect job, but the more you clear out, the better. If you have a firewood pile, it’s essential that you cover it up to prevent your dog from accessing it. You might need to tie down the wood cover or tarp to keep your dog from getting to the wood.

Give Your Dog A Chew Toy

Provide them with something else to chew. Try different chew toys until you find one that he or she likes. Leave a couple out in the yard, and encourage your dog to chew on the toy instead of wood. With time, they’ll hopefully get used to leaving the wood alone.

My Dog Won’t Stop Eating Wood

If they don’t stop the behavior, you may want to consider:

  • Add something to the wood that will keep them away (bitter apple, or the sprays used to keep dogs off furniture).
  • Use negative reinforcement – say “no” as they approach or start eating wood
  • Shake a can filled with coins above their head when they go near the wood
  • Put them in their “bad room” and ignore them for a while if they get a hold of a piece
  • Reward them with treats for good behavior

These are all ways to let your dog know that wood is bad for them.

Video: How To Stop Dogs From Chewing Wood

This three-minute video goes into more detail about some causes for this bad habit and additional tips for getting your dog to stop eating wood.

More Tips For Your Wood Loving Dog

If these solutions still don’t work, you might consider a behavior modification dog training class or training collar. And if your dog does swallow a wood piece, they might choke or get an upset stomach. So you will want to be prepared by learning how to give CPR to your dog and how to cure their upset stomach.

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Alex holds BS degrees in Management Science from the University of California at San Diego, and Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is the co-founder of Canine Journal and his first dog was a Dalmatian named Domino. Alex and Domino quickly became best pals as dog walks, hikes, an uncanny sense of what Alex was going through at any particular time, and other canine adventures enhanced Alex's life and well-being.

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Telling them no is actually called positive punishment because you are adding something aversive that will reduce the future frequency of the behavior. Negative reinforcement is when you remove something aversive, so if the pup is in the crate (if they want out) and you let them out.
My female German Shepherd is chewing on the baseboards of my home and when outside unattended she is eating the privacy fence around the . I have tried finding toys for her to chew on and she is completely not interested. We buy her misc bones but the huskey female we have generally runs off with them. Need advice.
Limit her access to things she is chewing. Then bring her in proximity to the area and provide her treats for not chewing. It’s a long process, but it will work. The problem is that when she’s unattended, she has free access, so nothing to stop her.
So frustrated
My rescue dog aggressively chews trees in my yard. I have been walking him outside on a leash for a month and redirected him from the trees. I let in in the yard without a leash and we was good for over a week. Today he started chewing again. Once he starts, he can’t be redirected by anything, including a hose! Spray deterrents and hot sauce have zero effect.
I am no expert by any means, but I have a problem chewer, too — what’s worse is that she EATS a lot of random things. My trainer has told me more than once that she needs LOTS of activity, like full days at doggie daycare, getting out her roughhousing urge at dog parks, and even trying agility training. Also, because at 2 years she is still something of a puppy, she says that it may abate with time — but in the meantime, it can be nightmarish. Have you considered wrapping the tree trunks with sheet metal collars?
Linda Davis
why does my dog eat her pop after she gets threw Poppin?
Our new puppy does this as well would love to know more myself.
I was told by my vet that the food they’re eating is not sufficient for their diet. My does that too. I’ve changed the food and it has helped a lot
Cathy Austin
Please help, how do I get my two month old puppy to stop chewing on the wood mulch that is all around my yard. It would take a dump truck to get rid of all of it and it’s way to big of an area to spray anything. Any suggestions?
This is a problem we have with our young Caviler King Charles. Any suggestions
I would love any suggestions myself
Adam Hawryszko
I have a bullarab/great dane. She is a wonderul dog, but really destroys the backyard with her random hole digging. They are only tennis ball size holes and some double that. But I am starting to get a little grief from my landlord and I wouild hate to be evicted and try and relocate. I know its her natural instict to be this way, especially as she is a hunting dog. But does anyone have any experience with these kind of breeds, to maybe help lessen the amount of hole digging going on. I walk her and run her alot. She has plenty of toys to chew on and play with. Im just not sure what else to do. I have even put her poo in the holes and ash from the fire. She still just moves it and continues to dig. Much appreciate any advice given.
Maybe take her to dog parks or hikes/outdoors where she can get out that digging urge harmlessly?
My sister had this problem. She filled the holes back up and put red pepper on top. She said they moved on digging to other places and she kept up filling and peppering and they finally quit. I’m going to have to do the same. Mine is starting the digging
Lisa M
That’s not negative reinforcement dude.. The procedures you described are punishment.
Negative reinforcement IS punishment. It’s the opposite of positive reinforcement. Agreed not the ideal way to train.
No friend. It’s not. Reinforcement means that the behavior will continue and punishment means that the behavior will decrease. Negative means you’re taking something away and positive means you’re giving them something. Yelling no or hitting someone is positive punishment IF it actually decreases the behavior in the future. Don’t post online about things you don’t know about.
Nicely said Heather. Not understanding pos/neg reinforcement/punishment is one tool I use to determine if a website’s information is likely to be accurate. Unfortunately this article not only gets negative reinforcement wrong but also states “Put them in their “bad room” and ignore them for a while if they get a hold of a piece”. What terrible advice.
My adult American bulldog has an incessant desire to lick/chew on dead tree stumps. He foams at the mouth! Is there something in tree stumps he needs or enjoys?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
It’s probably a nutrient deficiency that your dog is experiencing. Speak with your vet about his diet and see if there is an element he needs more of. It could also just be that your dog is bored and wants to lick/chew on the stumps.
My Yorker is eating mulch chips..
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Your dog could be lacking a nutrient, but more commonly, dogs do this because they are bored or curious. Try to keep your dog away from mulch. Ingesting wood can cause issues for your dog.
jason weeks
I have a 4 year old dog he is rot/red healer/blue healer/pit and golden retiever. I know a big mix… he is chewing the vinyl siding on my house and my wood porch. What can I do to get him to stop chewing on these things.
My dog smokie a gray doberman/pit mix has chewed the back of my china cabinet, the legs on my desk, the wood frame on the door, the baby gate. I’ve tried the sprays that are suppose to discourage, the can filled with coins. It doesn’t work. Please help.
Mary chambers
I have an older 10 year dog recently he srarted chewing on our deck..wood and nails. We have had this deck fir at least 4 years. I gave ny granddog she is 3 so i need to watch her close when she is outside. What should i do to keep the older dog to wuit chewing on my deck. He will not play with toys. Help please
My daughter had a Minnie Doberman . Her dog was okay and they turned her lose with her male dog they went outside and she said that afternoon she was bleeding on the bottom and didn’t look good. She said she thought she was chewing on the fence well she called vet and friend they told her what to do the dog last night ended up dying .
My 1yr old Malamute is eating the wood mulch in the yard. We have a large area on a hill and it is covered with mulch. We are looking for an alternate ground cover that will work on the hill and or trying to get her to stop eating the mulch. She has had GI issues and is on a hypoallergenic diet for her stomach and this is not helping. She has toys, a large yard to run etc. When she is eating a piece of wood and sees us she runs away to finish it. We are at our wits end with this. Any ideas for alternative ground cover for a large hill or some way to get her to stop would be great.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Oh no, that is not good! Have you considered replacing the mulch with river rock? You could also go to Home Depot/Lowes/Menards/etc. and ask them for recommendations. In the mean time, I suggest not letting your dog outside unless she is supervised or she is on a leash/stake to prevent her from eating the mulch. Eating wood can be life threatening to dogs. She may enjoy snacking on it but she has no idea what it could do to her.
Gill Watson
My 7 month old German Shepherd has started to strip the bark off my young tree. and the demolish the branches from it…. any ideas how to stoop this or if its dangerous?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Gill, did you read the article and watch the video? It has information regarding your comment. 🙂
I have a golden retriever with a similar problem. The article recommends removing the wood, but my dog will dig up roots and strip trees. The removal solution is not effective. In addition, negative reinforcement becomes a game when he is left outside since he is getting attention. Are there other resources to access to solve this problem?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
I am not a trainer, but my next suggestion would be to only allow the dog outside when he is on leash with you so you can prevent him from digging up and eating wood.
Cassie Mitchell
My great danes wont stop eating my porch they have toys treats bones but they prefer the porch my last great dance did the same treated un treated it doesnt matter but they dont eat sticks unless were at my moms out of town plus the lick my floor vent all the time would both of these fall under pica how do vets treat it
We have two small mix-breed puppies. Brothers nearly 3 months old. They are what we are calling Yorki-Poo-Chiweenies. But our flowerbeds all around the house from the previous owner are pine or bark mulch. It seems nearly impossible to keep them away from it. The runt, Gus 4.5 lbs at 3 months is obsessed with these little hard pieces of wood. We’ll see him emerge from flower bed trotting away with a chunk of wood in his mouth. It’s keep-away at this point while he runs and we try to catch that little mug. But they are constantly supervised while outside. We are going to try the can of coins or other noise-making devices.
Mulch is especially dangerous for animals to ingest as it is chemically treated and/or artificially colored.
Jo lorns
My dog Springer will just chews wood for attention. It’s a ‘i will chew wood until you take me for wallies!’
That’s just what poppy is like though!
Why would a nine year old dog suddenly start to eat sticks? They have always liked to destroy a stick, but never eaten them. Could this be a medical issue or behavioural? We are trying to find out why suddenly after 9 years she has started to eat them?!
Many Thanks
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hmmm that’s very interesting. I would suggest calling your vet and asking. I would think they should be able to answer your question over the phone without paying an office visit fee and then you can assess whether a trip to the vet is necessary or not. I have called my vet before with questions and she is always great about helping me assess my dog’s health and determine if an appointment should be made.
Meredith Sena
My 11 month old hound/lab mix loves to chew on my furniture and has destroyed a few pieces. I have used that bitter apple stuff and it doesn’t phase him. What else can I do to stop this? Chew toys only last so long before he goes back to my furniture.
Those “antlers” you can buy work really well for my two puppies. A year old husky and a 1 year 2 month great pyrenees – we’ve had them both since they were young pups. They can’t easily eat or swallow them like every plastic or nylon toy, they can’t splinter like wood, and they don’t cause diarrhea like himalayan yak chews or bully bones or rawhide. I also recommend buying yourself a dozen “Kongs” and stuffing them with kibble, whole milk unsweetened plain yogurt and peanut butter and only feeding your dog with Kongs from now on. Make your dog work for the food you give him, and freeze the Kongs; it takes them 45 minutes to eat the frozen food out of them and that’s 45 minutes of peace and quiet for you. Your dog will be tired from working at it and chewing on it. Do this for a few weeks and all of the sudden the chewing and destructive behaviors dissipate. Walk your dog so he isn’t bored. A tired dog is a well behaved dog. Good luck!
Jennifer c.
My chihas started chewing on wood right after her puppy’s were born. She use to never chew on anything. Now destroys everything. Mostly wood. Her and her 6 month old pupps are spoiled, have plenty of chew toys, bones, etc..but yet only wNt to chew the wood off of the bottom of the house, off the trees in the yard..and it’s getting rediclious.
I have a 2 yr old Chihuahua and she absolutely will not stop eating wood. She’s destroyed many pieces of furniture but even worse is that she can’t poop and it’s very painful for her. I’ve had to sit with gloves and help her to extract it because it will just get stuck . My question is that someone told me this might be a vitamin deficiency and is it a possibility?
Yes it is a possibility. If she does eat sticks that is probably the issue.
Like in the information and video, you need to prevent her eating any, or little sticks.
You could also try and give you dog more fibre instead.
Brian Hall
My Dog Rosa AKA Lickamatic used to lick medal, but a few years back she switched over to wood, unvarnished Doors, the Feet of our couch, a mirror that leans against the wall [n Sometimes you see her tail sticking out from behind] the bottom of our coffee tables, any wood, i asked my friend Randy what he thought about it. He said because it’s tasty. LOL or OCD[C].
Ben Wilson
I live near a small forest, so it is incredibly difficult to stoo my dog frim chewing wood, moreover she only does it when outside the house – garden included. The reason im only now searching for ways to stop this is because she had recently got a wood splinter stuck in the roof of her mouth; when i carried her home to stop her from trying to claw it out she had already swallowed it and I’m worried about the repercussions of that. So are there any other methods to use.
Sara Halverson
I have the same problem. I just got a 9 week old chocolate lab last week. I live near the woods and there are tons of small pieces of wood spread all over the yard, along with sticks and he just won’t stop eating them. It’s almost impossible to make him stop! Every time I would turn around I will have to say ‘no’. I don’t know what else I can do. I’ve tried giving him toys, but he can’t carry them all over the yard. I don’t know what to do.
Doug Vause
I had the same problem. Buy a multi-level shock collar (tone, vibrate, shock) that allows you to adjust the level of input then when your dog goes to do the undesired behavior use a voice command (drop it) accompanied with a tone at first to reinforce the voice command. If this works great! If not, next time use the voice command and vibrate, if yes great if not, next time use voice command with accompanied shock. It will only take one shock for the message to be received. You can adjust the intensity of each of the three which means you can change the reaction so they quickly learn what’s next if they choose not to respond with the appropriate behavior. These are a great teaching training device for curbing bad habits quickly especially on some dogs that are slow learner’s. They are used by a lot of trainers especially in field training. Here is one on Amazon that is water proof and works great Dog Training Collar, CUXUS 1968ft.
Brenda p
I became the owner I a 5yrokd corgi mix last Xmas tim he had beenwned by peeps who left him in fence 24 7 may be rain water table SCRAPS etc but he had no ideas bout commands of NO stop etc. So HE dug out of the fence and roamed ALWAYS for as much as h could get by with. After animal control cited him twice I finally took a day to devote to him and he is the perfect dog. Ahah AND a couple of GOOD BOY and Roscoe is eager to please worked with the furniture and all chewing . I tell this bc any negative words or thinking he’s bad only makes him run off. But the term GOOD BOY really works EVEN if I ALMOST whisper it
My dog is an old dog and never chewed on anything as a puppy but now she chews the fence up and gets out and if we leave her in the house she chews walls and door facings we don’t know what to do anymore. My husband is a truck driver and he left his truck to go inside to eat and while he was inside she chewed his bunk up. Please help
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Have you tried buying a kennel and putting her in it when you’re away from the house?
She is out most of the time. We have a large garden with lots of wood and stuff for her to chew on.
I’m at home most of the time and she still does it. I can’t put her in there all the time!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hmmmm, I’d suggest speaking to your vet about this and possible a trainer. Not only is your dog destroying a lot of things around your home, but she could also ingest something extremely dangerous to her. Dogs can be so sneaky sometimes! I’m sorry you’ve been dealing with this for over a year now! I hope you can find a solution for this.
Jo lorns
When she was younger she may have been having more exercise and food. Do you give her lots of excersise?
She may not be eating enough.
You may want to think about changing her feeding times, and doing more activity with her.
Thank you
Helen Kellogg
Help! My dog is eating the walls and base boards in my house
Daisy Castillo
Hi my name is daisy. I have two wonderful puppies . A 7 month old named buddy and a 4 month old named lola. So the problem I have is that Lola is making a habit to chew on anything that’s wood. She chews on the corners of my drawer, night stand, table chairs, and even corner walls. I’m very afraid for her if one day she gets a splinter or chokes on a piece. It’s very hard for her to stop doing this as much as I tell her to stop. Any advice ? Thank you
Brenda p
Change from NO to ah ah or something less said than no or stop also reward sweet talk mine love the u to praise them so much for. They literally would do anything for just being kind. Both were in bad homes with heavy discipline and loud voices
My sons dog tears the branches off the trees, rats the landscaping bark, inside the house he’ll find and eat laundry sheets, hand towels, socks and underwear. They try to make changes but he has to be in back yard. He’s from a rescue, Great Dane and only 8 months so still a puppy. We are worried for his health and he’s very high strung and attention needy. Love this baby. Any info to help. I’ve never seen this behavior.
I also have a rescue puppy, who happens to be a great Dane, and also happens to be 8 months old! She also has all the same devouring habit. Laundry sheets, paper towels, toilet paper, wood of any sort, socks and the like. My method for combating this is to just be mindful of it and correct her when she is trying to eat anything that she shouldn’t. It is a daunting task cause she is also high strung and full of energy; always getting into something.
Best of luck
Liz wood
My dog is the same way I have an English Springer spaniel, very sweet loving dog constantly needs attention. But anything she can find she will try and eat. Sticks wood, coal from our outside fire pit, rocks, socks laundry sheets she steals. It’s heart breaking and she is a year old. She turned 1 in March I’ve tried the bitter apple spray doesn’t work. I’ve tried a spray bottle to make her stop her bad behavior with sticks doesn’t faze her. The only thing that does work and gets her attention and I hate using it is a jar with coins in it she hates the noise and gets scared. But it’s only bc I want her to stop eating sticks and knowing it’s bad for her. I don’t want my girl to get sick or worse die from eating sticks
Susie Wells
My puppy is chewing on wooden furniture. Coffee table, chair legs, etc. She tears the stuffing out of all stuffed toys and dog bed. Help
My advice is to have plenty of chew toys for when you leave the puppy on its own (try to remember to remove most of them upon your return, so that they don’t lose their novelty). Every time you catch the puppy chewing something it shouldn’t, tell it “no!” and offer it a chew toy, to show it the correct behaviour.
Also, changing out the comfy bed for a folded sheet is often better for your bank balance until the puppy is past the initial ‘chew everything I can reach’ stage.
Hope this helps, good luck!
P.S. I should add that sometimes excessive chewing can be a sign that the puppy just needs to burn off some energy – generally, a tired dog is a content and obedient dog, so make sure your puppy is getting the exercise it needs and you’ll find it much easier to train. 🙂
Beside simple commands, there are two basic things I have been trying to fix with my dogs since I got them 18 months ago. First, peeing/pooping on the grass. Second, eating wood. In either case, they won’t do it when I’m with them. They know it’s not allowed (far as I can tell, at least). But the thing with dogs is that they really don’t care about you and your grass and your vet bills. If they think I’m not around, they sneak out the pet door to kill the grass. One of them has consumed who knows how many wood chips, a few wooden kids toys, chewed up baseboards, tree trunks and roots, and he’s even consumed portions of his own dog house that I built for him. Nothing that I have tried actually works other than a visible electric fence, so now my yard looks slightly like a prison. Our next phase is the training collar, which we just started. Maybe they’ll stop when they’re older, but the pain principle is the only thing that has worked consistently with my young dogs. It sucks to hear them yelp, but it’s been much better for our relationship now that the wire dishes out the punishment and I don’t come home furious to a destroyed yard or house after work.

I really like dogs. But I also really hate dogs. They aren’t loyal friends so much as insolent, dirty, destructive, needy, self-loathing slaves. I’ll never get puppies or rescues again.

The Game
Are you retarded?
Oh I feel so bad for your dogs. I’m glad to hear that you plan to never get dogs again because you shouldn’t be around them. I hope you can find a happy home for them instead of continuing to torture them.
I REALLY hope you never get your hands on a dog ever again.
Just the word hate in your text, is enough to know you should not own any dogs, or animals! Leave them to animal LOVERS!
You really have no business owning a dog. Please give it to a shelter. Both of you would be much happier.
Give your dogs to someone who will love them unconditionally. What wrong with you. If you wanted a loyal pet u love them. You get back what u sew. Obviously they don’t respect such a unkind authoritarian. Buy one of those robot dogs that u can set commands for n it certainly won’t poop on your precious grass. My goodness did u ever think to take the dogs out for a run around twice a day to poop on public grass that u can pick up of course n dispose of it so the poop doesn’t kill off the grass everyone uses
Yikes. You need to give your dogs to a local shelter. Dogs are not for you, Michael Vick. Get yourself a nice goldfish.
Josue, you should not be allowed to own a pet, sorry, you’re attitude sounds dangerous to me. If I knew your location, I would report you.
Jo Fakour
You guys are stuck in a negative cycle. It can turn around for you and it sounds like you’ve tried. Hire a professional dog behaviorist who can come in your home, observe behaviors and your interactions and make recommendations based on you and your dogs specific needs. The loyalty and respect will change as you implement their exercises and advice. I can hear your frustration and it doesn’t have to be that way but sometimes we need a little help.
I don’t think you are a bad owner or you wouldn’t be on this site looking for guidance…and I don’t think your dogs are bad. You guys just need a little direction.
Annika Nicole
I have an 8 month old puppy named Finn. When I leave him home, he has taken a fancy in making chew toys of my mother’s collection of eye glasses. Any advice on how to stop this?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Annika Nicole
Thanks so much!
ollie krapf
Thoughtful comments. I appreciate the specifics. Does someone know where my business could get access to a sample DD 1750 document to work with?
Cristina Sulzener
I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, he bites and chews a lot. How to stop it?

My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? Thank you!

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Checkout this article for some tips on puppy chewing. Good luck!
Zoe's mom
My dog loves to chew the mulch one puts around on outdoor areas. She is already reaching 9 months of age and will not stop. She also chews my rose bushes. If I get her to stop for a short period on one she goes to another and then decides to chew on small pebbles. I have tried everything, chew sticks she likes, (but she ends up swallowing those whole). She is a shih-Tzu, albeit a crazy one but this is a smaller dog! Help!
Stephen Begosh
I keep reading chewing sticks is bad for dogs, but have there been any studies on the instances of complications due to wood/stick ingestion. My 7 month old lab is mouthy and everything goes in. He is outside as much as possible and obviously I don’t want him eating crap his body can’t handle, but I can’t constantly track him down and take every stick/pine cone, etc. he encounters away. So, when you wrote this article, what scientific studies/journals did you find your information and what are the sources?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Hi Stephen, thank you for your comment. We consulted with several vets and professionals about this issue and while wood isn’t harmful to ingest, it’s the size of the sticks and the splitter shape that can cause issues. While you don’t need to hunt down your lab every time he eats something, we recommend keeping an eye on him so you don’t cause him pain and suffering if he were to choke on a larger piece of wood. As mentioned in the article, splinters can cause internal damage and if he ingests too large of pieces he could develop perforated intestines or stomach lining, and his bowels could become obstructed.
I have a puppy who loves sticks, and pine cones. I have found out that pine trees are seriously not good for them. He breaks out around his mouth when he chews on them. Trying to get as many of the sticks and cones out of the yard. But living surrounded by pine trees is making it difficult
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Jo Fakour
Us too! The vet says they’re fine but I think it is pica at this point. My dogs also try to eat the ashes which leads me to believe its a mineral problem. Looking for a good diet for them as I also don’t want them getting the common cancers.
Have a 10 month Labrador chewing the post supporting my deck. I’m considering trying a chew solution used for horses. Thought I would share the idea…products: Halt Cribbing and Chew Stop.
manu tewhata
I need some advice I have two dogs who like to bite the door frames, how can I stop them doing this?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
That’s a great question! Sometimes this means that the dog needs more exercise and interaction. When your dogs are doing this, put their leashes on and head out to the park or go for a walk. (It’s important not to punish them because they won’t understand and it most likely won’t work.) If your dogs are chewing on the door frames when you’re away, leave some toys and treats out for them. When you return home, if nothing has been chewed on give them all the attention you can. Show them that you are happy with their behavior. If you catch your dogs chewing on the door frame, stop them. Try to redirect their attention to something else but again, don’t punish. You can also purchase anti-chewing spray and spray it all over the door frames. It has a bitter taste that dogs don’t like. Hopefully these tips help you out!
manu tewhata
Thank you Kimberly for your advice I let you know how it goes.
My husky will not stop eating sticks. Yes, they say to keep them picked up but that is impossible. There are too many. So now what do I do? I am going crazy!
You must dump chili powder on the affected wood or a stronger powder but not something like a ghost pepper.
Carole Dardin
With acres of trees this would be kind of hard. I do like the vicks suggestion but that would have to apply to furniture rather than sticks etc.
Kimberly Smythe
this didn’t work for my lab puppy. I used it for the holes she dug. She licked it up and it did not affect her at all.
Really these tips are useless. These are things you use on a good puppy with occasional behavioral slip ups. My dog is 6 months old and he has destroyed anything in his path. He bites on the wooden door frames and my parents want to give him away. Give us some real help here… not this helpless info.
J Davíd Guzmán
My puppy is also over 6 months and is a pure black labrador retriever. He can be a handful sometimes, and chew up things, but only when he hasn’t gotten enough attention. Puppies need a lot of attention, enough so that they can be worked out. Whenever they have extra energy to chew on furniture, that is often when the pup is alone. A preventative step would be to work your puppy out before leaving it alone, so that it sleeps throughout its alone time. Your puppy will also learn to respect you and your things more if you work it out often and to the core.
I agree with this post, my dog goes out and luckily has met a dog he gets along with! They run round until we have to carry him home in the morning and he loves it! We have no choice but to leave him alone for a few hours as we both work. 1 of us will come back at dinner time and he’s still asleep, and his reaction is, why are you disturbing me? But we have a problem with him chewing and eating wood, toys, socks, my favorite shoes! And anything that fits in its mouth, surely it’s not from a lack of love, attention or exercise? Can it?
Walk the dog before you leave, feed the dog entirely in treat dispensing balls, give the dog a good bully stick everyday when you leave, spray bitter spray on the door frames. And get some battery powered motion sensors to position near problem areas (for us it is chewing couches).
I have a 12 month old Corgi/Jack Rusell female. Her name is Mahi Mahi. She loves eating our wood deck that for now goes all the way around our house. If I can’t figure out how to help her stop eating wood we will have no deck around our house. Can anyone help?

She is crate trained and will go to it when I tell her to go to bed. We live on a very large farm and she has a 50′ X 100′ long.

During the day I will go outside and play with her in the backyard, walk her around the property at least 4 times a day and at least once a day to the mail box that is at least 250′ away from the house. If I stay all day with her outside she does not do this and if she is inside all day she does not eat the walls. I understand that she wants to be with me, but I need to do my job and school so I have to leave her outside sometimes.

Besides just leaving her outside, we have a two car garage and I open the bottom of the garage doors about 6″ so she will have a draft. She always has bones, treats, toys to chew on but I need help so that we may have a deck by next year without having to build a new one.

Danny Bumpkins
Ya I love that suggestion about picking ups sticks…that would be a snap…if it weren’t for the fact that our 2 labs enjoy our almost 7 acres of thick forest…no can do lol. Maybe if we move to the desert…hmmmm. BTW, we have buckets of fun chew and chase toys, to provide hours of entertainment, and they do love them and play with them as well, and even though they always have access to them, they will still go for sticks given the slightest chance. They require eyes on at all times. Prime example…this morning I left in a hurry, and forgot the usually ubiquitous collection of chuckit balls…fail. I did not last 25 minutes…25 hellish minutes of “no Danny, NO Elie ,,,no sticks let. LET!” …when there are bouncing whirring things other than sticks, they will ignore the sticks…well, Dan the 3 year old will, the jury is still out on the 15 week old monster.
Danny Bumpkins
Ya I love that suggestion about picking ups sticks…that would be a snap…if it weren’t for the fact that our 2 labs enjoy our almost 7 acres of thick forest…no can do lol. Maybe if we move to the desert…hmmmm. BTW, we have buckets of fun chew and chase toys, to provide hours of entertainment, and they do love them and play with them as well, and even though they always have access to them, they will still go for sticks given the slightest chance. They require eyes on at all times. Prime example…this morning I left in a hurry, and forgot the usually ubiquitous collection of chuckit balls…fail. I did not last 25 minutes…25 hellish minutes of “no Danny, NO Elie ,,,no sticks let. LET!” …when there are bouncing whirring things other than sticks, they will ignore the sticks…well, Dan the 3 year old will, the jury is still out on the 15 week old monster.
Mary Lu N.

Mine is a 10 month terrier mix. He is eating the furniture. He has plenty of chew toys, but won't stop. Help!

Carole Dardin
have you tried the vicks trick?

Pick up all the sticks in your yard?  Are you nuts?  We have a large backyard with over 40 trees that are frequently shedding twigs and branches – who has time to gather every freaking stick off the ground, every freaking day while also working 40+ hours a week AND have any sort of life beyond working and picking up sticks?

You can train your dog not to eat sticks as sure as you can train your dog to do anything (sit, speak, whatever).  Watch "The Dog Whisperer" (and read Caesar Milan's books) if you really want to learn how to RELATE to dogs (rather than break your back picking up sticks).

SUCH an amusing style of writing. I loved the laugh you just gave me – thanks!

My daughter had a border collie who when he comes to our house constantly jumps into all of our trees and swings once then let's go then repeats. It almost like he has a compulsion to do so. I know the breed are high energy but I've never seen one do this. We have his son who is almost a year old and large for a collie and so far (knock on wood, pun fully intended) he hasn't shown signs of doing the same, although he does love chewing wood to our consternation. He has damaged almost every branch under six feet high on most of our trees in several varieties. We've told him repeatedly no, and even tried getting him to play ball or frisbee which when not in tree chewing mode is his favorite thing to do. Help please!


Is it just me or is clever canine carrying on conversations with themselves?


Hi there,

I have a ten month old chocolate lab. He eats every stick or piece of mulch at the park. Trainers say keep him on leash or put a muzzle on him but for those that have a lab, you know that wont enable energy to be burnt. The only success I have had is with an e-collar. I know most people will say its cruel, etc. but my little man was at the vet every week and would throw up around the size of a salad bowl quantity of sticks and mulch.

The e-collar has a shock level of 1-100 and we are on around 15-20. I have tried it on myself. This has been the only way to stop him. If he is chomping in the park, we zap him. Only for that. We had major success but we got him neutered six weeks ago and have regressed so the collar needs to come back on. We initially used it for two weeks, then had around six weeks of no chomping. They will regress and you use the collar for a few days to reinforce the training. Just thought I would share my success story — only problem now is the collar is faulty so I have had to return it and while waiting for a new one my little man is regressing.

If you use the e-collars properly, they are wonderful. We tried everything else and nothing else worked.


It's a secret...

I was trying to do some research on this topic and stumbled across your question. Your dog sounds like a monsta muncher! 😉

How long until you get the new e-collar?

I'm sure he's a very happy, healthy, spoiled little man, you'll win the fight eventually, so hang in there! (Remember he is, only a puppy.)

I fully support the e-collar. Just remember to use it properly (getting attention, not necessarily meting out punishment) and mix in the positive reinforcement.

My dog literally will not quit eating our fence! I've given her toys, sprayed stuff, disciplined her, literally nothing had worked! 🙁 Please help!


Have you tried giving her a safe wooden toy? Mine loves sticks so I just bought him a toy stick that won't damage his mouth.

Where do you buy those toy sticks?
Jeff Butler (Admin)
Please use caution with wood sticks. Injuries to gums and digestion issues can come from dogs chewing on wood.

A good compromise could be the Petstages Dogwood Stick that is only made from 30% wood, is not toxic, and will not splinter.

Those toy sticks that aren’t really sticks are way worse for dogs than actual wood. Even my local pet supply store — who continues to sell them — says that a lot of their customers’ dogs have been to the vet because of them. Maybe that’s why some vets recommend them?
Buffy G.

My dogs chew the branches off the trees in my yard. They have plenty of toys and play with them but prefer to kill my trees. Any ideas??



Hey Buffy, I feel your pain: Our Rottie puppy (10 months) has been chewing trees — he actually gnawed a palm tree that was about six inches around, down), untold bougainvilleas and any other plant he can get a hold of — for months. We've tried every behavior modification we can read about: new and different toys, positive and negative reinforcement, crating…nothing's helped. If you get any good ideas or find a solution, I'd sure love it if you could share!

For around $100 you can buy the supplies for an electric fence (the visible kind, without the shock collar). I have one. I don’t love the way it looks having that wire around the perimeter of my yard and around the trees, but all of my trees flourished this year after barely surviving the assaults the last year.

For added measure, I also wrapped the tree trunks in chicken wire up to about 4 feet.


My dog had an episode of colitis, no idea if it was related to eating pieces of small branches that fell in the yard — it was earlier this winter when he wasn't outside as much, but he still could have ingested some wood fiber. But now that it's May we're all outside more and he constantly is grabbing a piece of mulch or a stick and can chew it and swallow some before I can get to him. And I'm constantly picking up the sticks, but they're always falling from our many trees.

This afternoon he had diarrhea and I can't help but wonder if it is because of swallowing the wood. If I see him with a stick or piece of mulch and rush to grab it from him, he'll chew real fast and swallow some before I can get to him,too.

I was looking to see what the dangers of all this wood chewing really are.

Concerned and extremely frustrated!
My dog is also doing the same, except it’s all of my wooden furniture, which I can not pick up or keep away! It’s gotten so bad. To the point that she has chewed through the legs of my dinning room chairs!! ( like a rabbit on steroids)

I’ve been up all morning and night now (2:30am) because she has uncontrollable diarrhea and has also just recently, this evening, started to throw up as well! I also found a small amount of blood in her poo earlier today.

I desperately need to find a solution… So we can all get some sleep!!

In desperate need if advice and help!!!!!!

Carole Dardin
Any dog like this should not be left free to roam when there is no one home. A crate should be used. I never leave my dog free outside or in when I’m not home.
Leah Eastridge
Our Terrier/Italian Greyhound mix is so destructive! Same things dining room chair legs, window sills…we’ve tried all the sprays that are supposed to deter chewing. Nothing works, when we crate him he gets aggressive, snaps, snarls and has even bit us. We’ve never hit him. He is a rescue and about a year and a half old. He’s got more chew toys than we can count. A large yard where he gets plenty of exercise, but with the IG in him, he refuses to go outside if it’s cold even wearing a coat or sweater. (Italian Greyhounds have such thin or no hair.) He’s on his second crate due to chewing his way out of it! He gets snappy or aggressive when we remove him from the area where he was chewing. Snarls when picked up and put in crate! Never had a dog this destructive and I’ve dealt with several dominant breeds (doberman/rotts). Bred dobermans for years. Never had such trouble with training or attitude. It seems to be wood that he’s attracted to. He must also have covers in his mouth, like a pacifier to sleep! At wit’s end here. Have another dog for him to play with, however he is terrorizing her, she’s a cocker and he goes for her ears. She’s had to pin him down plenty of times to make him stop! Keep being told “no bad dogs, just poor owners” but I’ve researched and have always had dogs my whole life. This is my first rescue/mixed breed. No idea of behavior of sire of dam. He was neutered when we rescued him. Worried he’s going to hurt himself with this wood chewing and our pocket book can’t take much more ruining furniture and such. Any suggestions?
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
So sorry you’re going through this Leah. Hopefully we can figure out a solution for you. Here’s a couple options I’ve thought of.

1) Does the location you live in have extreme winters? Would it be possible for you to buy him a winter coat to keep him warm and keep him outside in a kennel or in the garage when you’re away? Then when you’re home you’ll have to keep an eye on him carefully. If he goes to chew on something try to trade him for something better. Does he have a favorite treat or chew toy? Next time he goes for the chair legs grab the treat/toy and see if that distracts him from it.

2) Block him from anything he chews on. If need be confine him to the living room. Purchase some dog gates and put them up so he can’t get into the other rooms. But make sure you always have your eyes on him. If possible, remove anything he chews on and put it away for a little bit (lock in closets, bedrooms, the garage, etc. so he can’t get to them). (You may have to eat standing up at your table for a little bit!) If he goes without them for some time he may get over his desire to chew.

3) Cover window sills with blankets or curtains or even block them off so he can’t get to them. Place a couch in front of them or maybe a dresser depending on what room he goes for.

Have you gone through the process of crate training him? We’ve got some articles on crate training I can share with you if you’d like.

If you need a heavy duty crate, check this one out:

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the items I’ve listed. Hopefully one of these works and if not we’ll do some more brain storming!

Leah Eastridge
He’s crated when we aren’t home. Use gate to keep him in same room as us, but will sneak away to those chairs! And the one window is floor to ceiling which is the only way he can reach it. He’s a little fella under 10lbs. He has a variety of sweatshirts and sweaters and winter coat, but won’t move with coat on? LOL He has his own toys because he doesn’t like to share with Sophie, our cocker, she has her toys. I’ve tried all the commercial bitter sprays, hot sauce, nothing deters him. He responds to my hubby better.

Adopted when he was 12 weeks old. Was neutered and microchipped. Never saw him lose a baby tooth. But all teeth are all adult, vet checked. He has to have blanket in mouth like pacifier to sleep too! He’s a lover and it’s just breaking our hearts. I’ve bred dobermans and rotties. Never had the attitude Jaxyn does. Hates being told what to do or where to go, never spank, they don’t understand that. Can shake with beans, thinks its amusing, squirt with water, gets mad and will growl. Growls when he goes into crate. But doesn’t want you to put him in there! Snarls, shows teeth. Wants to go under his own power. Then growls when you shut crate door. He does respond better to my hubby, adult son and his buddy. Me and my daughter in law, not so much. 🙁 He’s 18-19 mos old. Also recently noticed he’s been chewing wood under our bed, I’m disabled it’s a craftmatic, memoryfoam and he’s pulled out the wood staples holding the wires! So he’s now sleeping in crate for his own safety, don’t want him getting shocked!

Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Thanks for being so detailed. I think you’re going to have to hide the chairs completely. No more putting them in boxes. I recommend putting the chairs in the garage or in another room he can’t get to. Then there’s no chance of him chewing on them.

Sounds like he’s chewing on anything and everything in sight. Unfortunately that means you’ll need to keep him more confined. The good news is he’s a small pup so it won’t be as difficult as if he were a large dog. I recommend not letting him in your bedroom. That will keep him from chewing on your bed. Choose one room to confine him to. I recommend you purchase a dog playpen (they’re around $30-$50 on Amazon) and keep him in there with his toys. Until he learns not to destroy your home he cannot be let out. This will be hard to do. I’m sure he will whine but you have to stay tough. You’re trying to help him. While he’s in the playpen still play with him and give him attention.

Hopefully this keeps him safe and your home intact.

Leah Eastridge
We have a “great room” living and dining room in one large space. He will sneak off. I’ve sat the chairs inside boxes and he will chew through the boxes to get to chairs. 🙁 Hubby is usually cat napping when that happens. I am in bed more days than not. But spend time outside with them for potty breaks and to play. Yard is large and has privacy fence. No area to get loose. Very secure. I take hover round outside and throw ball or other toys and they chase each other. So plenty of exercise. He’d rather be inside under blankets. The IG is more prevalent than terrier, except wood chewing. Terrier head, IG body. LOL Very smart. Knows words and looks if in trouble. Ears go down, etc.
I would give this dog up in a second.

My dog is a year old. When we leave him home so we can go to work he chews the corners and legs of the coffee table. It is a wood coffee table. The past two days he will not eat or drink and he has been throwing up a lot. He is not the same puppy anymore and it's killing me because I don't know what to do to help him or stop him from doing this so he can eat again. He hasn't ate in two days ); someone please help!!!!!


I finally smeared Vicks on all the wooden legs on my furniture. My puppy took one sniff, tried to lick it and never touched any of the furniture again. I even smeared some on the corner of a chair cushion and she left that alone, too.

Marcy's mom

Although I am a big proponent of letting dogs be dogs, I wish people were not so quick to cast judgment. Our dog, an 8 month old golden retriever, spent $600/night at the vet after severe dehydration and blockage (not allowing her to eat or drink) due to eating wood and gravel. And no, she did not learn from that, she is still chewing away when we are not looking. We are working on training her. I understand that in the wild, nature would have ran its course, and our dog would be no more. I know there are people that are fine with that concept. I am not. So sure, let your dog be a dog, but when it is behaving peculiar, monitor. And if it is causing problems, work with your dog to fix it.

Carole Dardin
Kind of hard to train an animal what to chew on or not when u are not by his side 24/7. Impossible! Like it’s hard to train a dog not to eat his poo if you aren’t there to correct him. I found out dogs are like kids. When no one is around they do what they want pretty much!
People should not have pets if they don’t have the time for them putting them in cages all day is cruel. Would you do that to your children? I have 3 pit bulls never cage and yes they did chew on stuff but just like kids, teach them not to. My dogs did out grow it but I spent the time with them.
Big difference between “by his side 24/7” and “in cages all day.” I’ll never understand this cult-of-the-pet-parents. Plenty of dog owners have real kids, full-time+ jobs, and plenty of other obligations that go with working, home ownership, parenting, etc. If push comes to shove, I push the dogs outside to the dog run and I throw ’em a bone (that is where the saying comes from, no?). Because they’re dogs with dog houses and fur, and I’ve made their lives better than they would have been otherwise.

I think sometimes that we worry too much about the things we were never meant to control. Nature has a way of working things out. Everything we do is based not only on what we know, but that what we know is the correct thing. We could very well be wrong.

Yes, most dogs like to chew on wood. They also like to chew on bones and hooves. It's not just that they gravitate to these kinds of things for the fun of it. There may be something that we don't even know they are getting out of chewing on these kinds of things. I mean, I'm not saying you should feed your dog the mulch or anything, but you might want to relax a bit and just accept the fact that nature leads animals far more than we are ever going to be able to do.

If your dog is chewing on wood on a regular basis, you might want to consider that he or she may be missing something vital from their diet. Instinct tells them that they can get whatever it is by eating wood. People so the very same thing. Some people eat dirt because they are missing some kind of vital mineral. It's not the most "normal" way to get what they need, but nature guides them to it. Animals are the same way, only they are working purely from instinct rather than from education.


I love my dog. Sure, he's a pain in the butt sometimes. He has no idea what sleeping in means and he really needs to get over the concept that flip flops are his personal chew toys, but he is a pup after all.

I see him chewing on wood pieces now and then. What I'm about to say is going to sound kind of cruel, so hang on tight. Sooner or later he is going to figure out that he gets splinters from the wood. I've known dogs who constantly chewed on wood. There was simply no stopping them. And they never got sick or even hurt from it. I think we're being a bit overprotective of the animal kingdom. I mean, nature survives better without us than with us and our dogs probably aren't the exception to that rule.

I live out in the country. The man who used to own this place was a wood cutter. You can't go anywhere in the back of my land and not find a pile of chopped wood. And we have bonfires at least once a week. No, I will not be covering wood piles with tarps or hiding the wood. Yes, I will correct my dog, but I'm not going to stalk him about it. He will figure it out or he won't.


Oh, and another thing…

Dogs love to run around and play. They particularly enjoy playing fetch. This also is not some news flash to anyone even remotely familiar with dogs and dog behavior. To deprive your dog of this game would be somewhat cruel. There is certainly a fine line between being a good owner and being slightly protective. Personally, I think doing something like picking up all the sticks and wood from your yard would into the realm of being mister or miss over protective parent of the decade!

Having said this, I do think the author makes a good suggestion about wood piles. If you have a pile of wood that is accessible by your dog it is probably a good idea to place a tarp over it. Also, tying it down securely will help to ensure that your dog is not able to get into this.

Another great idea that the author proposes is to make the wood taste bad. Add something to the wood so that it has a bad taste for dogs. Use something like bitter apple or a specially made spray. I think that there is actually something designed to be put on furniture that is quite effective.

Of course, if you have a dog, and not a puppy, they have probably not been properly trained to avoid chewing, biting and eating whatever they want. Make no doubt about it, training an old dog will be more difficult than training a puppy. It will require more time and more patience on your part. Remember that their habits (especially the bad ones) have become ingrained and they must be broken. It is not easy for anyone to break ingrained habits. However, it can be done. You simply use the same techniques that you would use with a puppy, but just be even more consistent. You may also want to consider having something like a time out room to reinforce that their behavior is not acceptable.

Some of the folks who study canine behavior tell us that many times such bad behavior can just be a way for them to get attention. If a dog is cooped up all day in an apartment while their owner is off at work, they may become very lonely and even nervous. Scratching, gnawing and eating the wood furniture may seem to their little dog brain an excellent way of getting some attention, even if it is bad attention. This is especially true if the owner pays little to no attention to the animal even after coming home. Of course this depends on your breed, but the dog may have a lot of pent up energy and they want you to play with them since they are so excited to finally see you. In many cases, just spending a bit more time and attention with them can solve a baffling problem like eating wood.

It seems kind of silly that a dog would do this for purely psychological reasons. Actually, it almost seems down right human. Maybe they are more like us than we give them credit for?



In my opinion the author of this article just scratches the surface of this topic. After all, the big idea seems to be that the best way to prevent your dog from eating wood is to keep it away from them. Presumably the it is wood! I am so grateful for that brilliant flash of blinding insight. Now I can just go around to every room in my house and simply remove all of the wood. The wood cabinets, the wood tables and even the wood furniture. That would be a sure solution, right?

The problem with this is that it fails to take into consideration the fact that dogs will be dogs. They will continue to do what comes naturally to them. The simple fact is that dogs like to chew. Although the author does mention this, I do not think that enough time or consideration is given to this line of reasoning.

If your dog is still a puppy, then the main reason they like to chew is because of teething. As a puppy, new teeth coming in can be painful, just like a human baby getting their first few teeth. You remember all of the crying, whimpering and whining, right? Well, it is the same for dogs. Except that a puppy will be a bit more proactive about the situation. They will actually go out and look for things to chew and bite, since this actually gives them some relief.

The puppy may even attempt to bite anything that is put in front of them. This can include hands and fingers, so be careful! The solution to this problem is good old fashioned training. They need to hear and understand the word no enough that they know what it means. Also, each time you see them bite or chewing on something which is not appropriate (wood, furniture, wires, plants, the baby, etc…) give them a chew toy or something which IS fine for them to bite and chew.

Doing this enough and being consistent about it will have your puppy trained not to bite, chew or eat wood. I am also convinced that they would only actually EAT the wood if they were not properly trained and allowed to run free to their own devices. Trust me, this is not just a phase that the puppy will grow out of as they become a dog. If it is not nipped in the bud now, it has the potential to become a serious problem, even if they otherwise develop into a mild mannered pet.

The author suggests going out into your yard and actually removing all of the wood that you can find! I had to read this several times, because at first it seemed like a joke to me. What kind of clown would actually recommend going out into your yard and picking up all the sticks, tree limbs, branches and any other type of wood that could be found so that your dog will not grab it and start eating?


I’d suggest some behavior modification techniques to get your dog to stop eating wood. I’m particularly concerned about the splinters from the wood disrupting the intestinal tract. Instead, why don’t you try some dog behavioral modification techniques by substituting a Kong toy whenever your dog would normally go after the wood. A bit of bitter apple spray on the wood to make it unpleasant may also help.


My dog is doing the same thing – chewing door frames, window frames, the end of tables. Sprays, toys, discipline, walks, training, etc. won’t work. He even has another dog for company. We need real advice because the constant damage, repairs, and necessity to crate him for long hours as a result is hurting me and wearing me down.

A Concerned Dog Lover
My 1 year old puppy, Wilson, was also chewing on our door frames, our kitchen table, and anything else made of wood in the house. It had gotten to the point where we almost had to get rid off him, but then someone suggested that we put hot sauce on it. So we did and he hasn’t chewed on anything since. Don’t get just ordinary hot sauce though, like Texas Pete, get something like Frank’s Red Hot, Tabasco Sauce, Iguana Hot Sauce, or Sriracha Sauce. You can also typically use anything that has the word devil in it or has flames coming off an animal. Hope this helps!
samantha smith
Not sure how getting rid of your dog would help him with his problem. Not sure that feeding him something that hot is good for him. Seems like you shouldn’t own a dog.
Does anyone know how this is any different from spraying with something bitter?
Meghan L. Quigley
If they don’t like the taste of the hot sauce, they’re not going to ingest enough of it to hurt them.
Got that everyone, if you’re having a problem with your dog you shouldn’t own one.
In case you don’t realize dogs are not people, they use there superior sense of smell and TASTE to interpret their surroundings, and to communicate with humans it’s behavior and body language, from this post of your’s. You seem like a person who has no authority over people, so take that out on your dog, while most humans have an affinity with animals and see them as part of the family, and treat them like it! Dogs don’t need training, we need training to understand them! I just think your smarmy remark needs throwing back in your face!
Golden Love
I fully and completely disagree Rover. It’s not like she’s abusing the dog she’s just explaining to the dog (in her own way) that this wood isn’t good for him therefore, in my opinion it’s fine plus most dogs are smart enough to stay away after a taste or a sniff. Oh and just because dogs aren’t people they’re still smarter than you. Plus giving your dog some sense of right and wrong isn’t (in most cases) a crime.
Lets not be dramatic.

It’s not like she was feeding it to her dog in a bowl for crying out loud, the dog probably stayed away just because of the smell, or maybe gave it a few licks here and there and realized he didn’t like it.

If you read the post earlier it is not good for the dog to ingest wood either. And if you are frustrated and the dog is costing too much money than the dog should go to a good home. Everyone should know their limits.
Seems like Samantha shouldn’t own a computer.

My dog is constantly bringing me and/or chewing on pieces of wood in our yard, which backs up to the forest. It’s cute that she’s bringing us gifts, but I’m a little worried about her health. She’s 4, and has been doing this all her life. No issues so far, but should we be discouraging her from chewing on the wood?


There are some techniques that will help your dog stop chewing and eating wood. These include exercising your dog, which is an important part of being a dog owner anyways. If they get enough exercise it will cut down on boredom and anxiety. Take him or her in the back yard and throw a ball around with them. To keep your dog interested in his toys give them a different toy to play with on different days.

I think these activities help improve their overall health also. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.



I have been looking online like crazy trying to figure out why my dog is eating wood. I read all these things, and you all have it made! Your dog is eating wood outside. My dog has literally eaten my window frame, my door frame and a hole right through my wall. Ate my SHEET ROCK even! I have no idea what’s going on. Is my dog the only insane dog doing this?

Anonymous insane pooch also eats the sheet rock and door frame, not so much eats it but he seems to be trying to get to the other side really. I have no clue what to do. When we leave for the day we put up barriers but if we forget he’s at it again. He uses his teeth and I also saw it in claws. The first time he did it he puked all over so each subsequent time he just seems to gnaw and spit it out and repeat!! I’m looking everywhere for a solution and can’t seem to find one! He can’t be crated, he’s too big and will go nuts.


My dog likes to chew on my carpet so I got a special one for him.

So not only do I have this problem with my dog chewing wood, but now my 2 year old daughter started chewing on her crib in the same manner!! She just devoured it to the point where we had to put tape and guard rails over the entire thing.

Watch your dogs and your children!


Baby see's dog eat wood, wants to copy. Made me laugh. My friend found a frog in her baby's mouth. We noticed the legs sticking out of his mouth. It jumped out when she opened his mouth. A kodak moment, alas no camera.

I think with all the sticks dogs have been chasing for years, we don’t need to go have a cow if a dog chews on a bit of wood. Isn’t it just as bad if they chew on a tennis ball? I think you’re right with the “everything in moderation” approach.

If your dog is literally eating the wood, that’s not good. But to play catch with them using a stick? Not a problem in my unprofessional opinion – but considering that’s what dogs have been doing for years, I see no reason to panic now.


So what do you do when your dog eats your window frame? And your door frame and eats a hole through the sheet rock to the point where you can see the other room on the opposite side of the wall? My dog is eating my house away day by day. Pretty soon I’ll have no house!


What are you feeding your dog? It sounds like maybe your dog is missing out on some nutrients it’s trying to get from the wood. That, or hire a dog trainer and train him/ her to stop eating your house!


What is more important? Your dog or your house? Either shell out the bucks to have him trained, or shell out the bucks for home repairs. Or get rid of the dog. A properly trained animal can be a joy, otherwise it causes you undue stress. Make a decision.

Been there

I just had to laugh and I laughed so hard i cried!  This has to be a Lab.  Did he go to the fridge and have a beer after all that hard work?  I have had a lot of dogs (mostly shepherds) and I have been around a lot of hunting dogs and the labs seem to be the best at eating anything they can get a hold of.  They like the satisfying crunch and the reward of a job well done even if it wasn't the job you wanted them to do.  My father in law has a Jack Russell that is addicted to nylons and anything made out of nylon material.  Some do it out of spite or boredom or maybe they do it just because they can. I say get that dog a job in demolition.