Stop your Border Collie from chewing everything
Remember the first day that you bought your Border Collie home? He looked so
meek and gentle, sat in one spot trying hard not to get noticed. He started to move, smelling everything around
him, trying to get accustomed to his new home and surroundings. Cute wasn’t he?
Shock and horror, after a few hours you suddenly hear a massive ripping sound, and your beloved pet
has turned your sofa in to a new chew toy. The real nature of your dog breaks free and he is all of a sudden,
chewing everything in sight.
You need to realize that a Border Collie is an incredibly intelligent and energetic breed of dog.
It loves to move around in wide, open spaces. It is a sheep dog after all! Without plenty of mental and physical
stimulation, your new pet shall get bored and may become very destructive when it doesn’t have a task to
Because your dog is a very intelligent dog, it is not a wise idea to hit or spank him. This will
scare him and he will then be less likely to follow your commands. I’d like to give you some pointers on the
correct way to ensure a dog doesn’t chew everything.
Firstly, remove everything around him that could be turned into a chew toy. Common sense falls into
play here, if he can’t get to anything, he can’t chew it. By that, I do not mean tie him up in a small room and
leave him with nothing, because confinement is not good for a Border Collie. What I mean, is take away the things
that could be potentially dangerous like live wires, and also anything you value, like clothes, plants, rugs and
such like. Once you have done this, try stimulating your Border Collie with chewable toys, preferably made of tough
rubber that makes it impossible for your puppy to destroy. Do not give him toys that can easily be destroyed as
they can be ingested and be potentially harmful to your pet.
If your dog does take a liking to your rug or slippers, say, in a stern voice, NO! When he chews on
the toys you have provided for him, treat him and praise him and he will soon come to realize what is acceptable
and what is unacceptable. When he is chewing something he is not meant to, take him to his toys, or replace the
rug/mat/slippers/plant etc. with a toy that is designed for him to chew on. He will soon get the hint!
You have to understand that a Border Collie will chew when he is bored, or when the young puppy is
teething. One thing about Border Collies is that they need to be constantly stimulated, so this chewing is a sign
for you, give him something to do! Try taking him out for a walk and provide him with exercise, try tiring him out
so he doesn’t have the energy to chew!
There is a particularly harsh way of stopping your Border Collie chewing everything, but it may be
worth checking with your Vet if this is ok before hand, and that is to rub something along the lines of chili sauce
on the areas that he persistently nibbles on. This will shock the dog and he will learn not to do it again!
Whichever you decide to do to stop your dog chewing everything, remember not to harm your dog by
smacking him, this will frighten him and that is not the effect any dog owner would want to have on their dog.
Eventually he will learn, it is just a case of you being patient!
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