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How to Stop a Dog from Chewing or Licking

How to Stop a Dog from Chewing or Licking

It’s no secret that dogs like to chew. In fact, chewing is a natural instinct for dogs. Similar to human babies, puppies love to chew on things while they are teething. Plus, chewing can be beneficial for older dogs because it helps keep their teeth clean and strengthens their jaws.

But destructive chewing is another story. Whether it’s caused by boredom, stress, or other reasons, destructive chewing can be difficult to stop. If your dog keeps chewing on himself, your furniture, or other valuables, there are a few steps that you can take.

Tips to Stop Inappropriate Chewing

Here are some quick tips to help stop your dog from inappropriate chewing:

  • Dog proof your house and put away items that you don’t want your dog chewing on. When you have to leave the house, put your dog in a contained area like a crate or an area of the house where he can’t get into trouble.
  • Make sure that your dog has plenty of chew toys. It can be helpful to rotate toys so that they remain interesting. Spreading cheese or peanut butter on or within toys adds even more entertainment!
  • If you find your dog chewing on an inappropriate object, it’s important not to yell at him or scare him. Instead, sternly say “no” and then divert his attention to a toy that he is allowed to chew.
  • Make sure that your dog is getting plenty of exercise and attention. Take him for walks or play fetch in the backyard. This will help him release some energy and prevent him from getting bored.
  • Buy a dog chewing deterrent spray that is intended to stop dogs from inappropriate chewing. A dog repellent spray is particularly useful to stop chewing or excessively licking on bandages, casts, and other hard surfaces.

Chewing or Licking Irritated Skin

Some dogs will excessively lick, chew, or scratch themselves if they have a skin issue. This can prevent the skin from healing and cause further issues, including bacterial infections and hot spots.

If your dog has skin issues and is excessively licking or chewing for relief, Thomas Labs® can help! Our Thomas Pet MicoChlor Plus products contain aloe, oatmeal, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E to help soothe, cool, and hydrate the skin and coat. They also help combat bacterial, fungal, and yeast infections of the skin.

Whether your dog is chewing out of boredom or licking because of a skin issue, patience is key! Keeping your dog entertained and supporting the skin and coat will help put an end to those habits.


The materials and information provided on this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of your veterinarian or other pet healthcare professional. Consult your own veterinarian if you have medical questions concerning diagnosis, treatment, therapy, or medical attention.

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