Our expert says:
are loyal, loveable, happy and friendly dogs with LOTS of energy. Chewing and
mouthing is a common problem among Labradors and a perfectly normal behaviour
often seen in dogs under the age of 2 years. The obedient characteristic of a Labrador makes him ideal for any dog
Dogs love to chew on bones, sticks and just
about anything else available. They chew for fun, they chew for stimulation,
and they chew to relieve anxiety (for instance separation anxiety).While
chewing behavior is normal, dogs sometimes direct their chewing behavior toward
Both puppies and adult dogs should have a variety of appropriate and
attractive chew toys.
Provide your lab with plenty of his own toys and inedible chew bones.
Pay attention to the types of toys that keep him chewing for long periods of
time and continue to offer those. You
can buy Greenies, Dental Kongs, pig’s ears, rawhide bones or natural bones or
ask your veterinarian for advice on the safest chews for your dog. We also
recommend that you introduce something new or rotate your dog’s chew toys every
couple of days so that he doesn’t get bored with the same old toys.
Discourage chewing inappropriate items by spraying them with chewing
deterrents. (Ask your vet about these products).
Also remember to provide your dog with plenty of
physical exercise (playtime with you) and mental stimulation (training, social
visits, etc.). If you have to leave your dog alone for more than a short period
of time, make sure he gets out for a good play session beforehand.
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