How To Get Your Dog to Stop Chewing and Destroying your Home

How to Stop Dog Chewing

How to Stop Dog Chewing

There are a lot of reasons why dogs like to chew on things. These reasons can be anything from boredom, to separation anxiety, or even because they just want your attention. But this habit is not fun for mom and dad. And when you discover that your pet has started destroying your home and furniture, it’s time to quickly nip this in the bud. So I’m going to share with you some tips on how to stop your dog from chewing to save your belongings and your sanity!

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My story…

We adopted our dog Archibald Nibbler (Archie for short) from the pound a few months ago and quickly discovered that he is quite the chewer – hence the name.

Here are some of the things he loves to chew on:

My dog chewed up my shoes

My Shoes…

My dog gets into the trash

Toilet paper rolls that he dug out of the trash

My dog destroyed my furniture

The handle on my leather recliner

My dog chews our feet

My son

My hubby jokes that our dog is so annoying, someone probably let him out and that’s how he ended up at the pound. I’m not going to lie, I sometimes think it’s true. But he is such a happy-go-lucky love bug, I can’t imagine that anyone would have wanted to let this little guy go. Their loss is our gain though right?

But we have to stop our dog from chewing! And I discovered something that has helped my family and hopefully something that can help stop your dog from chewing too…


Barker & Pooch Chewfix Extra Strength Bitter Spray for Dogs, Cats, & Horses

I had the opportunity to try this Barker & Pooch Chewfix Extra Strength Bitter Spray complimentary for review, I thought this would be just what we needed. I created a little video to show you how it works.

How do I get my dog to stop chewing?

Watch this video on YouTube.

The manufacturer suggests that you try putting a little spray on a tissue or cotton ball to test it on your pet to see if they have bitter taste receptors. Many pets have this, but there are some that do not. If your pet doesn’t have bitter taste receptors, then this will probably not work for you.

But I put a little bit of spray on a rag and rubbed it on Archie’s lips. It didn’t really seem to phase him all that much, but when I held the rag up in front of him he backed away from it like he was scared of it. So that was a good sign. So I sprayed a bit of it on my shoes that he loves chewing on and like a dolt, ended up with spray in my mouth. No I did not spray it into my mouth, but I inhaled it as it was still in the air and boy, that was a mistake.

O.M.G! BLECHHHH!!!! That stuff is bitter! If I would have to describe it, I would compare it to eating an aspirin. So nasty. Mental note – do not spray near your face. It doesn’t sting or anything, but you definitely don’t want to inhale it.

Barker & Pooch Chewfix Bitter Spray

Barker & Pooch Chewfix Bitter Spray

But what I do like about it is that it is alcohol free so it’s safe to actually use ON your pets. This comes in handy if they have a wound or hot spot that you don’t want them messing with. And it is not supposed to sting, so you can feel confident about using it on your pet. You can also spray it on anything around the house that your pet likes to chew. We sprayed it on the carpet, on our furniture, and even on our feet (since my dog enjoys trying to bite them while we are walking through the house). I do not recommend spraying it on your fingers or hands because then it will get on anything you touch.

Since using this product for about 2 weeks, my dog no longer chews on the shoes, furniture, and carpeted areas that we sprayed. I also love that this product has an empty bottle money back guarantee so if it doesn’t work for you, you will get your money back. You gotta love a company that stands behind their products!

You can find Barker & Pooch Chewfix Bitter Spray on Amazon for around $15


So how do you stop dog chewing?

To stop dog chewing you need to catch him in the act and switch it out with stuff that is actually safe for him to chew like treats or toys.  That’s great if you are home to catch him, but what if you are out for a few hours?

There’s this awesome dog treat you can get at your local grocery store called Busy Bone. My dog loves it and it takes him hours to finish. The only thing I don’t like about these treats are that they make a mess on my dog’s furry face.

Purina Busy Bone keeps my dog occupied for hours

Purina Busy Bone keeps my dog occupied for hours

You can get a pack of 2 from Walmart for around $3. You can also get a 10 pack of Purina Busy Bone Chewbone Treats on Amazon for around $20 a bag. 

Rawhide sticks and chews are also a great way to keep your chewer busy, but that’s not really healthy if they end up eating them (which my dog often does).  Bully Sticks on the other hand ARE digestible if you can tolerate the smell.

Bully sticks keep your dog busy and are healthy

This bag of Bully Sticks from WyldLife Pets contains 3 decent size sticks and 3 tendons.

When I first opened the bag of these Bully Sticks from Wyldlife Pets that I received discounted from Tomoson for review, I could definitely smell them. I think the scent is actually attractive to dogs as it smells like carrion. The scent was definitely not appealing to me, but they are for my dog and he doesn’t care.

My dog went bananas over it. He carried it around the entire house and it took him several hours to finish. I’m so glad that these are digestible and also help with maintaining oral hygiene. They last so much longer than dog dental sticks! They also didn’t leave a mess or stain my dogs scruffy face. This is also a plus.

Archie loves munching on Bully Sticks

Archie loves munching on Bully Sticks

You can find WyldLife Bully Stick and Tendon Mix on Amazon for around $35 for a 15 pack or $15 for a 6 pack.


Toys to help stop dog chewing

Chew Toys are another way to get your dog to stop chewing your belongings. Unfortunately, my dog is such an aggressive chewer that he has destroyed so many of the toys we have bought him. And just like children, dogs tend to get bored of the same toys. So we keep around 4 toys in a little box that we swap out when Archie no longer shows interest. Each time we swap out the toy, it’s like Christmas Day for him!

Chew toys keep your dog busy

Archie is so distracted by his chew toy, he doesn’t even notice my son laying on him!


The results…

Has my dog stopped chewing? No. We have had to “dog-proof” our house by putting items that he loves out of reach and using the bitter spray on other tempting things. But we are very happy that we have found ways to keep our dog happy and occupied. For now he has stopped destroying our shoes and our home. Now if we could just find a way to keep him from chewing our feet…

What tricks or treats have you tried to keep your pets from destroying your home? I’d love to hear about it. Leave me a comment and let me know!


Disclosure: I received the spray and the bully sticks complimentary for review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**

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