Owners of Bulldogs that exhibit excessive chewing behavior become extremely frustrated as they watch their belongings being chewed up bit by bit. This can be a huge problem, and many Bulldog owners ask me how they can stop Bulldog chewing once and for all. Thankfully, there are some simple steps that Bulldog owners can take to stop bulldog chewing, or at least manage the problem while trying to address the root cause of the issue.
In this article I will highlight the most common causes of Bulldog chewing things, as well as explore the most effective solutions to stop Bulldog chewing.
Stop Bulldog Chewing – Bulldog Puppy Teething
While a Bulldog puppy owner might view this as a problem, Bulldog puppies naturally chew on things during the teething process. Bulldog puppies cannot help it; it is simply a necessary part of their development. There is nothing you can do to eradicate Bulldog chewing during puppyhood, but you can take steps to manage to problem for the duration of the teething process (which typically lasts from 3.5 to 11 weeks old). One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give to Bulldog owners is to invest in some good quality hard and soft chew toys. Good examples of hard chew toys are rubber chew bones or real bones. For a soft chew toy I recommend canvas field dummies or special soft toys for dogs. Your Bulldog puppy will be very happy when you present them with some chew toys to play with, and will be far less likely to tear up your furniture and personal belongings.
Aside from food and treats, while teething your puppy should never have access any items that can be destroyed and/or ingested. Ideal small items suitable for puppies to chew on include dog biscuits, vegetables and fruit (such as crunchy carrots and apples) and even ice cubes. Make sure that your Bulldog can’t get to your socks, shoes, towels and other personal items. A good habit to get into is to keep personal items where your Bulldog puppy can’t get to them, and avoid leaving things lying around the house. Be aware that your puppy will use anything as a chew toy, and you might not always be around to stop them.
Another great tool that can really help stop Bulldog chewing is to apply bitter apple to items you want to protect from your dogs chewing habit. Bitter apple can be purchased from most pet stores and works by tasting very bitter. The vast majority of Bulldogs can’t stand the taste and will avoid getting it in their mouths. Bitter apple can be applied on to items such as furniture by directly spraying it on. It really is a good idea to have a good supply bitter apple at the ready while your Bulldog puppy is teething. It also discourages older Bulldogs that are prone to chewing excessively.
Stop Bulldog Chewing – Adult Bulldog Chewing Problems
Once a Bulldog has finished teething, excessive chewing indicates that a dog has some deeper problems that need addressing. It is most likely that the excessive chewing behavior is a result of boredom, loneliness, and/or anxiety, or some combination thereof. If your bulldog exhibits excessive chewing behavior try to remember that your dog means you no harm, and is not intentionally trying to stress you out and make you angry. It can be a good idea to confine your Bulldog in a crate at times when you can’t directly monitor their chewing habit. This will save you a lot of money replacing your chewed up belongings and the anger you feel building up toward you Bulldog will be lessened by taking a break safe in the knowledge that they cant be ripping any furniture to pieces. Additionally, you will protect your Bulldog from things that may be hazardous to them, such as electrical good and cables.
To recap what we have covered so far, the most effective methods for combating Bulldog barking are:
- Redirecting Bulldog chewing away from furniture and personal items using hard and soft chew toys.
- Using Bitter apple to discourage your Bulldog from chewing furniture etc.
- Confining your Bulldog in a crate when you are unable to provide supervision.
- Tidying up regularly and restricting your Bulldogs access to personal items and anything that could be dangerous to your Bulldog if chewed (such as electrical items and sharp objects).
- Avoid becoming angry or aggressive towards your Bulldog, and instead adopting an understanding approach with a view to tackle the root cause of the problem.
It’s imperative to understand that confinement is only a temporary solution, and will not stop Bulldog chewing in the long term. Remember that a Bulldog is more likely to chew when bored, lonely or anxious, so crating them all the time will not help get to the root of the problem. It is a good idea not to leave your Bulldog alone too much so they feel like they have to chew something to avoid being bored and lonely. Exercise is also really important for your Bulldog, and it’s a great way to occupy his mind and expel some energy.
If your Bulldog continues to chew excessively over the long-term, it may be an indicator that he is in need of some additional companionship or mental stimulation. Of course, you don’t have to keep your dog company all the time, but leaving a Bulldog alone too often and for too long can cause them to become neurotic, and this often leads to inappropriate chewing.
I hope you find the information in this article both interesting and informative.