Q: Why does our dog only chew on my son's things.

January 10, 2012 | By mandy r. | 2 answers | Expired: 1477 days ago

mandy r.

Our dog is 3 and loves to destroy my 9yr old's toys. There are 5 people in our house so it is strange that she keeps picking only one persons things to destroy. He doesnt really play with her too often becouse she is so big & rough that she hurts him by accident. We have tried exercise, training , her own toys, all kinds of things to get her to behave but still goes after his things. I just wish i knew why because our son thinks the dog hates him. And it is very upsetting to see him so upset when our dog destroys something of his.

Readers' Answers (2)

Jan 12, 2012

If she sees him playing with the toys, that's probably why. They look more fun, especially if someone else is playing with them. What you do when she takes one of his toys is, rather that prying the toy out of her mouth (how fun for her!), start playing enthusiastically with one of her toys. When this sparks her interest, let her take her own toy and remove your sons.

Another option is to offer her a treat, saying "drop it" when she exchanges toy for treat. Repeat until this is engrained in her so she'll drop it on command. The more she gets that down, the better she'll learn what to play with and what not to.

Thumbs Up: 1 | Thumbs up!


Jan 11, 2012

I have known people with the same problem but they don't like the dog or cat I would say maybe your son is her favorite person in the house but so he doesn't get hurt again I would confine the dog as well as start some clicker training right away! But what breed is the dog, and how big is she, and is she spayed, All of these qeustions could be factors to these problems also does she get enough exercise is another one also has she been this way since she was a puppy or is she a rescued dog these can all be factors of dog problems such as this!

Thumbs Up: 0 | Thumbs up!

You might also enjoy:

Got a question about your pet? Get the answers you need from Zootoo's community of pet experts and owners.