How To Stop a Chihuahua From Chewing on Everything

Do you come home after a long day of work only to discover that your Chihuahua has chewed up everything in sight? This type of behavior can be discouraging to say the least, and it even forces many owners to give their Chihuahuas away. After all, no one wants to continue replacing rugs, carpet, clothes, furniture and other items that frequently get chewed up. If this sounds like a familiar situation, you should take note of what I'm about to tell you.

Chewing Chihuahua

Chewing Chihuahua

A lot of owners blame the chewing behavior on their Chihuahua's destructive personality. Sure, some Chihuahuas are naturally more energetic and curious than others, but you can't place the blame on them. The fact is that all Chihuahuas, regardless of their personality, can be taught not to chew on furniture and other belongings. It may not happen overnight, but with time, dedication and lots of treats, you can teach your Chihuahua the boundaries of what's acceptable and what's not when it comes to chewing.

Top Reasons Why Chihuahuas Chew On Things

The first step in preventing a Chihuahua from chewing on things they shouldn't is to understand what the driving force is behind this behavior. Contrary to what some people may believe, there's always a reason why a Chihuahua chooses to chew on things, but it's up to the owner to find out what it is.

Here are some of the most common reasons why Chihuahuas chew:

  • Boredom - Probably the most common reason why Chihuahuas chew on things they shouldn't is simply because they are bored. Because of their small size, some owners neglect spending the necessary time playing and mentally stimulating their Chihuahua. As a result, the Chihuahua will try to fill this void by chewing on things to pass the time.
  • Too much energy - Highly-energetic Chihuahuas are also more likely to chew than those with less energy. So how are you supposed to reduce your Chihuahua's energy level? The answer is simple - take them outside for exercise more often. When you're cooped up inside the house with nothing to do, put a leash or harness on your Chihuahua and take them for a walk around the neighborhood. Once you get back home, they will likely be too tired and exhausted to even thing about chewing.
  • Separation anxiety - Does your Chihuahua whine and pitch a fit anytime you leave the house? This is known as separation anxiety, and it's one of the most common causes of chewing. Essentially, your Chihuahua is acting out in a fit (much like a small child) when you leave. They want to create a mess by chewing on things so you'll take notice of them.
  • Nervousness - Yet another reason why Chihuahuas chew on furniture and other things they shouldn't is because they are nervous. If you introduce other pets or new people into the home, it may trigger a nervous outbreak where they chew on things to relieve their stress.
  • Teething - When a young puppy begins to develop their teeth, they will experience an itching sensation that can only be soothed through chewing. Th
Chihuahuas on a Scooter

Chihuahuas on a Scooter

Give Your Chihuahua Something They CAN Chew On

If there's one piece of advice you take away and follow after reading this, it should be to give your Chihuahua something that's acceptable for them to chew on. You simply can't expect a Chihuahua to stop chewing on things they shouldn't unless you give them something they can chew on. This will allow them to safely satisfy the urge that's driving them to chew without destroying your home or your belongings in the process.

Here are some great chew items to consider purchasing for your Chihuahua:

  • Rope toys
  • Kong toys
  • Rawhide chews
  • Squeaky toys (Chihuahuas love these)

What To Do When Your Chihuahua Chews On Things They Shouldn't

No matter how hard you try to prevent it, chances are your Chihuahua will chew on things they shouldn't at one point or another. It's important to keep a cool head and not get angry or assertive when this happens, as doing so may send the wrong message to your Chihuahua. When you notice they've chewed on the furniture, rug or something else they shouldn't. Call their name in a stern manner so they know what they did was unacceptable. Most Chihuahuas are well aware of what they did and will try to run into a different room of the house to hide. Don't allow them to hide, but instead go and find them and bring them back over to the mess. Once they are in front of it, say "No" or "bad boy/girl" and immediately take them to their crate for a time out.

In addition to letting your Chihuahua know that chewing on furniture and other belongings is unacceptable, you should also encourage good behavior through rewards. If you allow your Chihuahua to roam the house free when you're gone, give them a treat when you come home to a non-destroyed house. You want your Chihuahua to know that you're appreciative of their good behavior, and treats are the perfect way to accomplish this. I recommend giving them crunchy milk bones, as these are healthy, low in fat, and they even help clean tartar off your Chihuahua's teeth as they chew them.

Chihuahua Chewing on Treat

Chihuahua Chewing on Treat

Other Tips To Prevent Your Chihuahua From Chewing

As long as you follow the advice previously mentioned, your Chihuahua should catch on and stop chewing on things they shouldn't. If you are still coming home to a destroyed home, though, try utilizing some of the following tips:

  • Put your Chihuahua in a crate when you are unable to watch them. If they don't have access to other rooms where carpet, rugs, curtains and other items are, they won't be able to chew on them.
  • Consider using fabrics that are more tough, rather than soft to discourage chewing. Polyester rugs are naturally a better choice than wool or cotton rugs.
  • Immediately stop your Chihuahua when you see them chewing on things they shouldn't. Whether it's the rug, curtains or even your hands, you need to let them know that it's unacceptable and not tolerated inside your home.

6 Responses to “How To Stop a Chihuahua From Chewing on Everything”

  1. Joanne Mangum says:

    Thanks for the help on Chihuahuas it sure was very helpful..this my very first Chihuahua its a toy she is only 7 weeks old but she is a very pleasure to have so far,I’m trainer her and she is doing very good going potty…
    thanks for the very helpful points you wrote its hard finding her clothes only xxx-extra small

  2. ivellisse says:

    okay so I have two Chihuahua’s that are starting to bite on a corner of the wall. like tearing off the paint. I have lots of toys and rawhide bones available to them both. what should I do? I don’t want them getting sick….:(

  3. Spencer says:

    I’m having this same problem. I got all 3 of my chihuahuas at seperate times through the humane society one though I got it was my first one. He is over 2 now and is still doing this. He doesn’t get bored we have a dog door to go out to the back yard whenever he wants. He and then others go out and play so he’s losing energy. He will just take his teeth and gnaw on my sofa pillows, couch cushions, I give him toys with a squeaker but as soon as he gnaws on the squeaker which is about a few minutes on a brand new toy he already has a hole in it, same with the plastic toys too he’s done with it and wants no part of it.

    I even got him one of those Kong tuff toys rated at 10 for the tuffest. It did not matter he still got through it it may of taken him a few minutes longer though! He chewd through my quilt all his dog blankets in the dog bed. He chews out all the stuffing in toys too and I come home to it all over the floor, he chewed open one of his dog beds and ripped out all the stuffing. Once he’s done that he wants no more of it.

    He has chewed through about all my blankets including my homemade quilt my mom made me! I have tried treats, yelling his name and pointing at what he did,even a shock collar which only works sometimes and it’s only when he has the collar on. I don’t know why he’s doing this since there is no boredom, wining when we leave from separation, he gets exercise, and we even have a dog feeder that always is full so he wouldn’t be hungry but not that he gorges himself with the food cause he eats a little throughout the day and he’s not overweight at all and is a little on the skinny side.

    I just don’t know what else to do. Should I crate him if I catch him doing it again? For how long? Or what would be the best for this? I wish I had the dog whisperer here to tell me what he’s feeling or thinking. I’m just so fed up with this but I won’t give him up I have tried almost everything!

  4. Mark says:

    I read a lot of information in your website. I’ll buy Chihuahua tomorrow and I am so excited about it. I wanna make sure that I know a lot about them before i buy. Tonight I will start buying dog food and cage so tomorrow when he arrive in my condo everything has been prepared and we have more time to play more. One thing though, i’m really concerned about pottying because I am a neat freak.. lol!

  5. Axel says:

    Thanks for the info. I think part of our Chihuahua’s chewing the carpet is bordem. When my boyfriend and I are not home he tends to chew the carpet, we currently have 7 holes on the carpet. When he does this my boyfriend corrects him, tells him he’s a bad boy and points at what he has done. He then tells him to get in his bed and he is obedient and does it. He doesn’t chew our furniture, nor blankets, nor his cushioned bedding he has lots of toys that he has torn apart but we buy him more to keep him entertained. He is very energetic and runs around the house every day at a high speed with a toy in his mouth. I take him for walks and my boyfriend will take him to the park and allow him to run around but he continues to bite our hands, our feet and the carpet. We will not give him away but will continue to work with him. I hope that eventually this will end. We love our Chihuahua very much.

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