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Dogs have an innate need to chew things. They’ll chew anything that they can get a hold of. This can be your shoes, a piece of plastic and pretty much anything that’s chewable. Now, there seems to be a misconception among people that dogs shouldn’t be chewing at all.
Well, this is obviously wrong. The need to chew is innate in dogs and it’s there for a reason. As long as they’re chewing the right things, you have nothing to worry about. In fact, here are a few reasons why your dog should be encouraged to chew.
Make sure your dog has something to chew on, such as bones or chew toys. You see, chewing helps your dog develop and retain healthy teeth. When they chew on a toy or a bone, the action actually scrapes the plaque off their teeth.
Just as it is with humans, plaque buildup in dogs can cause a lot of trouble. Apart from giving them really bad breath, plaque can also cause severe dental problems. When plaque is left uncleaned, it can harden by mixing with the saliva. This leads to tartar, which further leads to periodontal disease.
But it won’t happen if your dog is chewing on something, especially hard bones. You’ll actually be saving your dog from developing major dental problems
Keeps Them Busy
Pups that are given the space and the time to chew on bones are likely to become more independent. They tend to learn how to occupy themselves and won’t develop separation anxiety. So, make sure your little pup gets her/his fair share of meaty bones or chew toys with food stuffed in them.
Stimulates the Growth of Teeth
Apart from keeping teeth clean, chewing on bones and bully sticks also stimulates the proper growth of teeth. While the action aids the whole growth process, chewing on a hard substance also reduces the discomfort a pup might experience when the teeth push through the gums during the growth phase.
Teething can actually cause some discomfort in pups. However, you can help by placing the chew toy in the freezer. The lowered temperature will minimize the pain that your pup is experiencing. The teething phase in pups can last up to 6 months.
Prevents Destructive Chewing
By encouraging your little one to chew on toys, bones, and other treats, you actually prevent destructive chewing. It’s simple really – if your pup/dog has something to chew on, it isn’t going to hunt for shoes and other objects around the house.
However, some training will be required. Start when they’re young; around 6 to 8 weeks old. Teach them what to chew and you won’t have to deal with problems later on.