How to stop your Jack Russell chewing problem
There are a few things all dog owners should be prepared for. Chewing is undoubtedly one of the most common. Jack Russells are also the main culprits for chewing and will chew almost everything unless you train them not to.
Why do cats chew?
There are many factors that lead cats to chew on various things, but none of them indicate malice on the part of your dog. Here are some of the main chewing factors that can help clear up the problem:
Simply put, when Jacks get bored, they start chewing on things to get busy. If this sounds suspicious, remember that humans also behave improperly when bored and dogs tend to do the same.
Your dog could suffer from generalized anxiety due to loud noises or something in the environment or have separation anxiety which makes him nervous every time you leave him alone. With the latter, it is very possible that the walls, doors and baseboards will be bitten; this is their way of trying to break down barriers to get to you.
The teething process
Teething is uncomfortable for any animal and as such your pup will need something to chew just like your baby.
They are curious
Dogs are usually just curious about certain items and can gather more information with their mouths than with their paws, so doesn’t it make sense for them to chew a bit?
As you can see, these are all perfectly understandable reasons. But remember that just because it is understandable does not make it desirable, and fortunately there are many things you can do about it.
Preventing Jack Russell from chewing
Another way to think about this is to prevent your dog from chewing on certain things. Clearly, chewing can never be completely erased, as it is an important part of what makes a dog a dog. As long as it can be controlled, chewing should not be discouraged, your dog just needs to be trained to know what to chew and what not to chew.
So what is to be done? Well the first thing you can try is to keep them busy. Much of Jack Russell chewing is the result of boredom, so doesn’t it make sense to keep them entertained? Keep them busy with exercise and simulation and they should be less likely to chew.
Also, avoid punishing them if you find them gnawing on an item. Remove any household items that they may be gnawing and replace with a toy they can chew on; If he agrees to chew on the toy, be sure to give him lots of praise. By reacting positively when your dog chews on a toy rather than a household item, your dog will be more likely to chew on the toy again to receive praise.
However, there is still the problem of what to do when you are not there, and that is where a lot of chew toys come into play. Obviously, if they have enough toys to occupy them, they will be less likely to search for your chews and possessions, but you should also try to have those things out of reach anyway, why tempt them?
Anxiety, however, is a bit more difficult to hide. When you are at home with your dog, you can calm him down if he gets anxious, but obviously that’s harder to do with separation anxiety. Fortunately, many puppies eventually get over this once they understand that you are not going to leave them forever; Until then, try to protect yourself against any chewing or scratching that may occur while you are away.
Despite your compulsion to chew, which exists for a variety of reasons, there are many things you can do to help control this problem. Make sure your Jack is entertained with lots of toys and that he cannot reach his expensive items and that he can leave the house with confidence.