How to Stop a Dog From Eating Baseboards

by Ledan Seja
Satisfy your pup's natural urge to chew with the appropriate items.

Satisfy your pup's natural urge to chew with the appropriate items.

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Sometimes the joys of having a companion pooch are overshadowed by destructive behaviors. Dogs chew for a variety of reasons; puppies chew to explore the world and teethe, adult dogs may chew because they're bored, don't have the right toys or are suffering from separation anxiety.

Step 1

Reprimand your pooch when he's caught in the act with a firm "No!" or "Drop!" The firmness in your voice should be enough to startle your pup and to let her know that what she's doing isn't acceptable. Never discipline your pup if you find the gnawed baseboard after he's chewed it -- he won't understand what you're mad about because dogs will associate the discipline with what they're doing at the moment, not what they did before.

Step 2

Give your pup a solid, durable chew toy. This is particularly helpful for puppies who are teething or for adult dogs who are just exercising their natural instinct to chew and work their teeth and jaws. If you catch your pooch in the act of baseboard gnawing, give her the chew toy after you give the "No!" or "Drop!" command.

Step 3

Crate train your furry companion. Crate training is an ideal training method for many behaviors and it also gives your pup his own safe place or den. Crate training is ideal for chewing behaviors, particularly if your pooch is chewing the baseboards while you're away.

Step 4

Spend some quality time with your dog. Some dogs will chew out of boredom, so he may not be getting enough one-on-one time with you. Increase the length of your walks or set aside a time every day for some rough-and-tumble play time.

Step 5

Spray the baseboards with a taste repellent. Some common repellents have a bitter apple taste or are made with hot peppers. You can find these almost anywhere, including big box stores and your favorite pet supply store.

Items You Will Need

  • Durable chew toys
  • Crate
  • Taste repellent

Photo Credits

  • Chris Amaral/Photodisc/Getty Images

About the Author

Ledan Seja has been writing since 2009, specializing in natural ecosystems, gardening and landscape design, the environment, wildlife, insects, pet rescue and childcare. Her work has appeared in various online publications.

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