7 Ways to Prevent Destructive Chewing in Dogs

December 03, 2018

Pup chewing on things he shouldn’t? It’s a common problem... and it CAN be solved with dental dog chews, a little training, and/or preventative measures.

So why do some dogs chew on furniture, shoes, and other inedible things?

Dogs naturally like to chew and have done so from the very beginning. Chewing bones or other hard chews helps keep their teeth clean and jaws strong.

One reason dogs get into trouble chewing is they have energy to expend. Some breeds require more activity than others. If your dog is one of them, you may consider taking Fido on a run and/or having a yard where he can run around and let off that energy.

Teething puppies, just like human babies, discover the world by putting their mouth on things. This may include your hands, shoes, and many household objects. Be sure to “puppy-proof” your home and keep any dangerous objects, household cleaners, etc out of his reach. By giving your puppy natural chews from a young age, they learn to direct their energy to things they should chew on. Positive chewing habits from the start!

What can they chew?

  1. Bully Sticks: our Best-selling chew and the natural alternative to rawhide. This durable chew is well-loved by dogs and can do wonders for dogs’ teeth by scraping away tartar and plaque. Available in 5 thicknesses and multiple lengths, there is something for everyone. Dental chews aren’t limited to bully sticks. There are many other options available at to suit individual dogs’ size, age, and diet.
  2. Cow Ears: We love Cow Ears at Best Bully Sticks because they are a low-fat chew that supplements bully sticks. It's also a more natural alternative to chemically-processed rawhide with no artificial ingredients or smoking agents.
  3. Bone Chews: Dog Bones are harder than bully sticks and can last many dogs a long time! We have our variety of chew bones divided by appropriate size- for Small/ Medium and Large Dogs. Choose from beef, lamb, pork, and even crocodile and venison. Bones are a natural source of calcium and protein. Some bone chews, like Beef Scapula, contain glucosamine and chondroitin, shown to benefit joint health.
  4. Elk Antlers: Yes, dogs can chew on antlers! Whole antlers are actually the most durable chews you’ll find. Split antlers are an option for puppies and senior dogs. Elk antlers are great because they are mess-free and have little to no odor. Like bones, they are a natural source of calcium, iron, and zinc.
  5. Cow Hooves: For strong chewers, Medium to Giant breeds, cow hooves are a super durable chew! Sourced from free-range cattle, this chew is protein-rich and low in fat.
  6. Other Beef Treats: Unless your dog is allergic to beef, we suggest trying a variety of beef treats that naturally help clean dogs’ teeth. You can even get creative and fill Trachea treats with natural peanut butter (no xylitol) or natural yogurt and freeze for a crunchy, icy treat.
  7. Lamb and other Hypoallergenic chew options: For dogs whose tummies can’t handle beef or chicken, lamb or kangaroo may be a more suitable option. Lamb pizzle is perfect as a bully stick alternative for small dogs, and larger breeds can find kangaroo chew options.

With the help of natural dental chews and a little training and positive reinforcement on your part, your pup can curb his negative chewing habits, save your furniture, and get to enjoy the good stuff!