PitBulls are renowned for their active chewing habits. Many owners become frustrated when they are unable to stop their PitBulls sinking their teeth into stuff they shouldn’t be.
So is there really any hope of preventing this aggressive chewing habit in PitBulls?
The truth is that putting a complete stop to this is impossible. PitBulls will always be PitBulls. However, it is possible to train your PitBull to stop being an aggressive chewer by simply redirecting this behavior.
If you are dealing with a PitBull puppy, you need to figure out why it is chewing on everything so aggressively. It may simply be exploring its capabilities or maybe it is teething. If so, then at least you have a chance to stop this behavior when it is still young. On the other hand, if you have an adult PitBull who is an aggressive chewer, changing this behavior may be much more difficult. You may have to resort to obedience training.
With that said, here are five practical PitBull aggressive chewer training tips:
Tip #1: Give them enough exercise
PitBulls are large dogs that are extremely strong and full of energy. This means that they don’t like being cooped up in one place where they can’t be as active as they want. PitBulls require adequate exercise, so take them outside where they will be able to run around and play.
Mental and physical stimulation excites PitBulls since they are naturally muscular. A walk around the neighborhood may not be enough, so you have to keep them engaged in athletic activities such as retrieving, tug-of-war, and other strenuous games. This will tire them out and keep them occupied, which means they won’t be as likely to go through the house chewing on everything in sight.
Tip #2: Buy them chew toys
You need to redirect your Pitbull’s natural chewing tendency away from your possessions and onto more sensible alternatives. This is where chew toys come in handy. You should buy the dog some durable chew toys and then give it a reward for its good behavior. Make sure that you choose the best chew toys for PitBulls. KONG, Nylabone, and GoughNuts are some of the brands that are perfect for PitBulls. You should buy several toys at once and rotate them. It is also a good idea to pick out chew toys that are hollow so that you can stuff them with treats.
Tip #3: Use deterrents
If you notice that there are specific things that your PitBull loves to chew on, get a safe spray such as Cayenne Pepper or Bitter Apple and spray it on the items. PitBulls do not like the taste of these sprays, and once they associate aggressive chewing with these bad tastes, they will quickly stop this bad behavior. You should also consider preventing your PitBull from accessing movable items like shoes. Place these things in a safe place out of reach. You can also get dog gates to protect certain rooms or items like furniture.
Tip #4: Use crate training
This is an effective method that teaches obedience as well as preventing aggressive chewing. If you have a puppy, then crate training becomes easy. You can keep the puppy in the crate at night or when you leave your house to prevent them from engaging in mischief. Just make sure that it’s only for a short period of time and there are enough chew toys for them to play with. However, if you are dealing with a fully grown PitBull, you may need to use a room to reduce your dog’s access to the other parts of the home.
Tip #5: Maintain a routine
You need to maintain a high level of consistency when training your PitBull. If you don’t want them to chew on your stuff, make sure that they never get away with chewing anything apart from their toys. Avoid the tendency to hand over old items like worn out shoes and clothes. You cannot expect your PitBull to know which shoes and clothes are off limits and which ones are allowed. Keep a routine and be consistent.
PitBulls love to chew, but this behavior can get out of hand if you don’t get a grip of the situation. Use the tips outlined above to break your dog’s habit of aggressive chewing. You will need a lot of time and patience to see results, but it is worth it.
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