Why dogs chew

Why dogs chew

August 07, 2023

Just as walking and sniffing have many benefits, so does chewing.  Generally, canines chew for several reasons, including pleasure and to displace tension.  This is a necessary hardwired canine instinct, which is why we should not even attempt to eliminate this normal canine behaviour.  Not only would this be cruel, but it would be virtually impossible.  Just as humans use their hands, our curious canines investigate with their mouths.

Additionally, chewing is perfectly natural for dogs of all ages.  It is nature’s way of keeping jaws strong and teeth clean.  Dogs love to chew on bones, sticks and just about anything else available.  They chew for stimulation, they chew for fun, and they chew to relieve anxiety.  Anxious dogs often chew more than stable pets, and owners should provide them with satisfying outlets.  Chewing on a favourite object is a great way to relax.  The act of chewing has a calming and soothing effect on the adrenal-pituitary axis in the brain.  This triggers the release of endorphins and is a tool dogs utilise to ‘self-medicate’ for anxiety and stress.