Unlocking Canine Communication to Tackle Destructive Chewing

Thursday, February 01, 2024

The Premier Blog On Canine-Human Interaction/Unlocking Canine Communication to Tackle Destructive Chewing

As a Canine Communication Specialist, I often come across pet owners who are frustrated with their dogs' destructive chewing. Many people assume that chewing is a sign of boredom, but this is usually not the case. In fact, chewing is a natural coping mechanism for dogs that are experiencing fear, anxiety, or stress.

One important thing to understand is that dogs have no understanding of human environment. Dogs judge their leader based on their ability to lead convincingly, and they will latch onto any weaknesses.

But let's dive further into the biochemical reactions that cause anxiety in dogs and explore how we can help them release the natural antidote to this stress.

When dogs become anxious, their bodies release stress hormones like cortisol, causing the heart rate to increase, the muscles to tense up, and the breathing to become shallow.

Coping with stress, they rely on natural mechanisms to help themselves feel better. In the wild, dogs might engage in activities that release endorphins and reduce cortisol levels, like hunting, running, and digging. In a home environment, dogs still have this same instinct, but they have to find different ways to release these hormones.

One of the most common ways that dogs cope with stress is through chewing or consuming objects. This behavior, can be alarming to pet owners but is often a sign that dogs are trying to find a natural release for their stress. Chewing can help dogs feel more relaxed and can trigger the release of endorphins that help reduce anxiety.

Another coping mechanism that dogs use is taking control of their environment. Dogs that are stressed may become restless or start pacing, trying to find things they can control in their surroundings. By providing a calm environment and communicating clearly to their pet, owners can help their dogs feel more secure and let off the control of their environment

It is important to note that simply blaming destructive chewing on boredom is not accurate. In fact, people who take away the responsibility for the dog to entertain themselves the best solution for this poor soul. Instead, we should try to understand the cause of the chewing and address it appropriately.

In the end, it is our responsibility as pet owners to ensure that our furry friends are living in a calm and secure environment. By effectively communicating with our dogs using canine language, we can provide them with a sense of security and understanding. This enables us to build a deeper connection with our canine companions as well as better understand their needs and emotions. By understanding our furry friends and forming a bond based on mutual respect, we can help them lead happier, healthier lives.

Sasha Riess, Canine Communication Specialist

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Hi, I Am Sasha Riess

Founder Of Pure Love & Harmony

My journey with dogs began at a very young age, seeking comfort and solace from them when I didn't fit in with my peers and, like many of you, may have felt rejected by my family. I channeled those negative emotions into learning about dogs and began showing and grooming professionally at the age of 16.

With countless championship titles under my belt, I retired from the show world as a judge and started teaching students worldwide the art of dog care. Today, my focus is on providing dog parents like you with all the necessary information on how to forge a beautiful, loving bond based on trust and understanding with your companions.

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