Every once in a while, you’ll find a Greyhound that is a problem chewer. This is often the case with younger Greyhounds that want to explore through their sense of smell and taste. Some owners often say that new toys are destroyed quickly. This is common as Greyhounds are hunters and have a natural tendency to do so with prey. However, once your furry friend begins eating some of the toy’s stuffing, it can lead to some problems. In this case, if you have a Greyhound that is a toy destroyer, make sure you monitor them while they play with it. You can also remove the stuffing ahead of time to avoid that problem. Of course, getting toys for your dogs all the time can add up, so make sure you keep an eye on the latest sales at your local pet store.
When Greyhounds make the transition from track to home, they can have higher levels of stress than usual. They may even attempt to eat non-food items which is called pica behavior. This can often be corrected by adding natural yeast into your Greyhound’s dogfood. When they are exhibiting pica behavior, this could be a sign that they are missing Vitamin B, so adding natural yeast to whatever dogfood you feed your Greyhound is a good move to correct this behavior.
Separation anxiety is another potential cause of problem chewing. This always happens when you are out of the home. Most of the destructive behavior is aimed at doors, gates, windows, or other items that have the owner’s scent. To fix this, just make sure things are out of reach – much like you would handle a toddler. However, in some cases, this can also just be out of boredom. In this case, you can either hire someone to dog sit while you are away, or you can add a play pen or kennel for them to relax in while you are gone. Of course, make sure you provide a variety of chewable things for them to enjoy while you are away. Make sure you switch these out often in order to avoid making your Greyhound bored again.
A Greyhound that chews on items it is not supposed to is pretty rare. However, I hope you got some ideas to help you correct this behavior. You can read the original article here to check out a couple more bonus tips!