Labradoodles make amazing pets and best friends. They have a lot of endearing qualities, such as their loyalty, friendliness, and their amazing smarts.
Proper training helps to ensure your best friend learns proper etiquette though. While many people initially think of basic commands when it comes to training, most pups require more than just training in basic commands.
One common training aspect with Labradoodles is training them to stop chewing. Chewing often takes the form of gnawing on pieces of furniture or items like pillows and shoes.
Your best friends aren’t doing this just to be destructive. Why are they chewing then?
Why Do Labradoodles Chew?
There are several possible reasons that your Labradoodle might start chewing on things in your home. One of the most common reasons is that they are bored.
A bored puppy needs to find a way to let out their energy and one of the most natural ways for them to do this is to start chewing on things.
Another common reason that Labradoodles start to chew is that they are feeling anxious. It is common for Labradoodles to display forms of anxiety, especially separation anxiety.
Labradoodles are a breed that loves to be with their pack and when you are not around they are wondering where their pack is.
The last common reason for Labradoodle chewing is teething. Teething dogs are similar to teething humans in the fact that the chewing helps to ease the pain.
We all feel for our dogs but allowing our puppers to chew while teething is not a good idea.
How To Train Your Labradoodle To Stop Chewing
So now that we know why Labradoodles chew we can better train them to stop chewing. We are going to look at some of the steps to train your dog to stop chewing or redirect their chewing to better objects.
Appropriate Chew Toys
Most dogs love to chew at least a little. Getting them appropriate chew toys can be a good start to training them to stop chewing.
Plenty of dog toy companies offer chew toy options so there is something that almost any dog will like.
Make sure that they have access to their chew toy whenever they would normally exhibit chewing behavior such as when you are away from the house or they feel they are being ignored.
Redirect your dog’s chewing behavior to a toy whenever you see them chewing. This will help to show them what is okay to chew on.
For a dog that is teething, there are a number of special chew toys or treats that are designed for teething.
Getting one of these will help to relieve teething related pain, give your pup something appropriate to chew on, and entertain them, all at the same time.
It is important to ensure that you get a teething toy that is the appropriate size for your Labradoodle. Sizing helps to ensure a match to your dog’s mouth and teeth size.
Play With Your Dog A Lot
Dogs, especially puppies, have a lot of energy. The more that you spend time with them, the more that they are going to want to sleep and relax.
If you take your dog out and play a lot with them every day, not only are you burning calories but you are helping to keep them from chewing on your furniture or items.
Regular playtime will also train your Labradoodle to know that they aren’t being ignored and fun time is coming.
Labradoodles are very smart dogs and as such are able to remember routines. When they know playtime is coming they will have a reduced urge to nibble on things.
Use A Verbal Command
Because Labradoodles are very smart dogs they will also learn commands well. One of the commands you should train your Labradoodle for is to stop an action.
No chewing or stop chewing will usually work. While some people like to use no, no is generic and we use it for anything that we want the dog to stop, this can lead to your pupper being confused.
Whenever you notice your dog chewing you need to use your verbal command to tell them to stop chewing. You want to use a firm voice but leave any anger out of it.
As annoying and frustrating as it can be to see your doggo chew up your furniture, your Labradoodle will pick up on the anger/frustration and may become scared.
Try Taste Deterrent
Another option is to use an anti-chew deterrent or a taste deterrent. These sprays are applied to furniture or items that you don’t want your dog putting in their mouth.
Deterrent sprays have a bad taste that is not harmful to your pet. Sometimes sprays like this are also used to prevent humans from biting their nails or biting on objects like pencils.
Make sure to test any taste deterrent on a small section of material when you are using it on fabric. For the most part, these sprays do not stain anything. Various fabrics and materials do not work well together.
Because Labradoodles are smart dogs, it shouldn’t take long for them to clue in on the fact that the furniture does not taste good. Once they learn this, they will stop chewing.
After a little while, you can try not using the deterrent anymore but keep an eye on your dog. You may have to start using it again if they start to chew again.
Spray Bottle Method
Using water in a spray bottle can be quite effective at stopping your dog from chewing. For this to work, you need to have a spray bottle that has a direct spray but a spray that is not too harsh.
Whenever you find your dog chewing on something, you spray the water bottle at them.
The spray bottle method works best when you use it with a verbal command. At the same time that you spray them use your no chewing command. Like we mentioned above, be firm but not aggressive or overly loud.
Some people are against the spray bottle method for training dogs, they consider it inhuman. The key to using these training methods humanly is that you are positive with the dog and do not hurt them.
Your goal is to train in a positive behavior not create a fear of doing something.
Things To Avoid
As we mentioned you will want to avoid any kind of anger or frustration from arising during your training with your Labradoodle.
This also includes the techniques that you use. Do not use any aggressive training techniques as it can often lead to further anxiety or even fear.
Firm but calm and friendly correction techniques tend to work best.
We also recommend that you avoid crating your Labradoodle after they are house trained.
Your puppy is looking for a way to let out his separation anxiety when you are away and putting them in a crate will lead to built-up tension.
If you need to separate them from the rest of the house, put your Labradoodle in a room where they can pace. Make sure to give them access to water, food, and toys so they have all of the things that they need to calm down.
Stopping your dog from chewing furniture, items, and other unwanted things are important. Good obedience is an important part of raising a Labradoodle.
Keep in mind that your training to stop chewing must be consistent. If your Labradoodle detects that there is a time during which they can chew on stuff in your home or elsewhere, they will take advantage of that time.