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Dog Eating Wood: How To Make It 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 constantly playing with chew toys, and why chew bones and treats are so popular with dogs. The problem with wood is that it’s not the best thing for your dog. 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? Read on to learn more.

Why is Wood Bad for my Dog?

The problem with your dog eating wood is two-fold. First, small pieces of wood can lodge splinters in the mouth and esophagus, causing damage. Second, large pieces of wood can cause even greater 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. Basically, you’ll want to 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 wood pile, it’s important 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

Finally, the key to keeping your dog from chewing on any little piece of wood they find is to provide them with something else to chew on. In this case, 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 the wood. With time, they’ll hopefully get used to leaving the wood alone.

My Dog Won’t Stop Eating Wood

If they don’t, however, and keep going back to your wood pile, for example, you may want to consider adding something to the wood that will keep them away (bitter apple, or the sprays used to keep dogs off furniture). Finally, if you’re present, use negative reinforcement – say no, shake a can filled with coins above their head when they go near the wood pile, or put them in their “bad room” and ignore them for a while. These are all ways to let your dog know that wood is bad for them. Trust us, they will thank you for it.

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.

Has your dog eaten wood before?

Alex's first dog was a dalmatian named Domino, who at the time belonged to his girlfriend (now wife) Michelle. Alex first met Domino in Redondo Beach, California and they quickly became best pals. In North Carolina, a black lab mix, Storm, was added to the family. Domino lived to be 14 years old, and Storm 9, and Alex looks back fondly at all the love and happiness these pups added to his life over the years. Alex now lives happily in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife Michelle and their two dogs Bella (yellow lab mix) and Lily (Brown Carolina dog), and he doesn't take for granted for a second how much meaning canines add to his life, and how many lessons he learns from their love, happiness, and eagerness to live life to the fullest.

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Debbie
Debbie

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
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Kimberly Alt

Have you tried buying a kennel and putting her in it when you’re away from the house?

Helen Kellogg
Helen Kellogg

Help! My dog is eating the walls and base boards in my house

Daisy Castillo
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

Kim

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.

Susie Wells
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

Andrew
Andrew

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. 🙂

Andrew
Andrew

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!

Josue
Josue
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… Read more »
Becky
Becky

I REALLY hope you never get your hands on a dog ever again.

TKough
TKough

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.

The Game
The Game

Are you retarded?

Annika Nicole
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
Kimberly Alt
Annika Nicole
Annika Nicole

Thanks so much!

ollie krapf
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
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
Kimberly Alt

Checkout this article for some tips on puppy chewing. Good luck! https://www.caninejournal.com/how-to-stop-a-puppy-from-chewing/

Zoe's mom
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
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?

Esther
Esther

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

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt
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… Read more »
Maya
Maya

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Lynx
Lynx

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
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
Kimberly Alt
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… Read more »
manu tewhata
manu tewhata

Thank you Kimberly for your advice I let you know how it goes.
MANU

Joyce
Joyce

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!

hentai
hentai

You must dump chili powder on the affected wood or a stronger powder but not something like a ghost pepper.

Kimberly Smythe
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.

Carole Dardin
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.

anon
anon

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.

anon2
anon2

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).

J Davíd Guzmán
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… Read more »
Rover
Rover
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… Read more »
MahiMahi
MahiMahi
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… Read more »
Danny Bumpkins
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,… Read more »
Danny Bumpkins
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,… Read more »
Mary Lu N.
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
Carole Dardin

have you tried the vicks trick?

GuessAgain
GuessAgain
Zoey
Zoey

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

Linda
Linda
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… Read more »
effdog
effdog

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

Chomper
Chomper
Josue
Josue

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.

It's a secret...
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.)

Vinita
Vinita

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

Bella
Bella

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.

Josue
Josue

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?

anita
anita

Where do you buy those toy sticks?

Jeff Butler
Admin
Jeff Butler

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.

Buffy G.
Buffy G.
Denice
Denice
Josue
Josue

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.

Finn
Finn
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… Read more »
Concerned and extremely frustrated!
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… Read more »
Josue
Josue

I would give this dog up in a second.

Leah Eastridge
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… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt
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… Read more »
Leah Eastridge
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… Read more »
Leah Eastridge
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… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt
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… Read more »
Carole Dardin
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.

brianna
brianna

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!!!!!

Cindy
Cindy

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
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… Read more »
Carole Dardin
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!

gordon
gordon

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.

Josue
Josue

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.

Anonymous
Anonymous
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… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
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.… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
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… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

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.

Anonymous
Anonymous

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
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… Read more »
samantha smith
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.

Josue
Josue

Seems like Samantha shouldn’t own a computer.

Krm

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.

smb92
smb92

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.

shaw
shaw

Got that everyone, if you’re having a problem with your dog you shouldn’t own one.

Rover
Rover

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
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.

P1776
P1776

Does anyone know how this is any different from spraying with something bitter?

Meghan L. Quigley
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.

Anonymous
Anonymous

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?

Anonymous
Anonymous
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… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous

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
Anonymous
No..my 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… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous

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

Anonymous
Anonymous

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!

Maori
Maori

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.

Anonymous
Anonymous

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.

Anonymous
Anonymous

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!

Been there
Been there
Anonymous
Anonymous

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.

Anonymous
Anonymous

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!

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