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Stopping Clothing Chewing
There are a few reasons dogs chew clothing. One is that they just like the feel of it, but more commonly it’s because your scent is on them. If this is the case, you may find the dog goes for your shoes regardless of how many chew toys you provide.
The solution is fairly simple – make the chew toys smell like your socks. How? Take a worn pair of socks and stuff them with some chew toys. Leave them in there for a day or two and the scent will rub off. Give them to your dog and you should see a different reaction.
Stopping Furniture Chewing
Furniture chewing usually happens because your dog is left inside for a long time period and gets bored. Providing chew toys will solve the problem in most cases, but if the dog has developed a habit of chewing furniture the issue may continue. To solve it, you can try putting wasabi on the problem areas – smear a bit on some table or chair legs so that when the dog tries to chew them, she gets a nasty taste in her mouth.
You might find wasabi doesn’t deter her – in this case you can get a spray from your vet to solve the problem. Don’t use any spray that isn’t approved to be used for this purpose. If you use a spray not specifically designed for dogs it may have harmful effects.
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