Keep a Dog From Chewing Outdoor Wires

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Are you wondering at what age does a dog stop chewing? Puppies, of course, learn about the great wide world with their mouth, and they're cutting teeth too, which leads to a great deal of chewing in the home. Adult dogs may continue to chomp on things that they shouldn't due to stress, boredom, or a bad habit carried over from puppyhood. With treats in hand as well as a chew deterrent for dogs, your pet can learn the difference between toys and your shoes.

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Stress can make adult dogs chew.

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Safeguard your home

A dog that likes to chew will chew on whatever he can get to, so you'll get best results if you are monitoring him. Keep an eye on your chewer and redirect him to his approved chew toy whenever he starts to show interest in something he shouldn't. To stop dogs from chewing cables in the house, make a point of clearing out anything your animal might be tempted to bite. When it comes to wires and extension cords, be sure to bundle them well and keep them out of your dog's reach.

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Outside cables can be disguised under a fake rock so they're less apparent to your eager chewer. Inside the house, pick up kids' toys and stash them in a basket. Install a lock on the kitchen cabinet where you keep the trash and make sure there's nothing at nose level on the coffee table.

The next way to stop dogs from chewing cables is to keep a close eye on your dog when he's in the puppy stage so you can step in and train her accordingly. You may need to place your pup in her crate or behind safety gates for short periods so she can play in a dog-approved space without getting in trouble. If you catch her gnawing on something forbidden, be ready with a pocketful of her favorite tasty treats to get her to drop it and then reward her for doing so.

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Train your puppy to chew only on toys.
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Offer a chew deterrent for dogs

Another method for preventing a pet from chewing on dangerous or valuable items is to make sure you have a chew deterrent for dogs on hand at all times. You can always ask your pet's vet advice as to which toys, ropes, and squeakers are best for your dog's age and breed. It's also a good idea to make playtime a part of your dog's schedule so he looks forward to playing fetch and gnawing on a rubber plaything that's filled with peanut butter or a piece of cheese.

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If your puppy is teething, offer a toy that's frozen, as it will help numb his gums and ease discomfort. When choosing a chew deterrent for dogs, keep novelty in mind. Pulling out a new toy or one that's been in storage for a while can be an exciting distraction for your pet.

Schedule regular exercise

A dog who doesn't get enough chances to frolic and play, whether outside in the backyard, at the dog park, or at puppy day care, won't be able to burn off pent-up energy. The result is a pet who chews on wires, table legs, and your TV remote. Your best bet to stop dogs from chewing cables is to schedule regular outings so your pup can run to her heart's content. If you're too tied up at work to exercise your dog, set up a twice-daily dog walker or pet sitter to help entertain her when you're away.

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Try to be understanding

Never yell at or punish your animal for chewing — use a chew deterrent and positive training instead.
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Let's face it — puppies are young by definition, and they're bound to make mistakes. Whatever you do, whether you're working to stop chewing or barking, never yell at or strike your animal. As long as you stay patient and keep reinforcing the behavior you want to see with treats, your little chewer should soon be broken of this particular habit.

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