Mommy of two: How to stop my one-year-old Yorkie from chewing my son's toys?
My dog knows he is not supposed to chew these toys and he has toys of his own. I think he is just jealous of my son! It's my son's favorite toys which I had to throw away, it's not fair!
I am also expecting again so I do not want my Yorkie to keep going like this when my second baby comes. How do I stop him?
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Answer by Yo LO
Keep the dog in a room separated from the toys - baby gates work wonders for dogs and kids. Honestly, a dog doesn't know the difference between dog toys and kid toys - If it's laying on the floor, it's fair game.
Answer by Loki Wolfchild
It's about availability, not jealousy. And all he knows is that he is a puppy with access to chewy things covered in his family's scent.
If he only does this when you're not around, either crate him when you can't watch him or *pick up the toys* before you leave. Make sure that he has easy access to toys/chews that he *can* have, and offer those as an alternative.
Answer by packleaderh
I use chicken flavored chew chips with my dogs. if they start to chew something I will take it away and then hand them a chew chip. also, a bone would be nice treat sometimes (be sure the bone is cooked or boiled)
Answer by tsmoothuh
I sort of have the same problem… one thing is to take the toy that he chewed up and hold it in front of their face and when they go for it, pop them on the head pretty good and say NO firmly. Then put it back in front of them and do it again.. about the third time or so, the dog will turn away from it no matter how you put it in front of them..
Other than that, yes you just have to keep the dog away from it or keep the area clean. I had the same sort of problem.. so now I close bedroom doors and disciplined her.
Answer by Alyssa R
I think dogs just think of toys as toys. They don't belong to any one person. When your son is finished playing with them immediately put them away. Or get a taller baby gate. Either way, you are going to have to put your foot down and take charge.
Answer by Amanda
OK, so I see everyone telling her the dog does not know any better!!!! I'm afraid she may be right…. I KNOW dogs! and I am having the SAME issue with my small dog ONLY she is a 2 yr old chewy and she loves these little guys they are the same TYPE of toy and she DOES know she should not chew them since she takes em somewhere where we can't see her! under the sofa behind the sofa etc. she only does that when she is doing something wrong! she knows wrong from right, it's like she can't help herself….LOL, so I would say she is crazy and the dog cant tell the difference until I now own a SMALL DOG! I also am having trouble with this and I KNOW how to train a dog! small dogs are their own dogs lol
In short, It's hard I know w a one-yr-old little boy myself…. but try to pick up the toys as soon as he is done and always keep your dog in sight…. if I'm in the living room and I notice she isn't here I will call her! if she doesn't come then she is doing something wrong…. if I go upstairs she goes in her crate (she is only allowed downstairs since she eats cat toys and cat food). It's a whole different animal!
If your Yorkie is not crate trained yet crate train him. CRATES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND! It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. it is not bad the dog will grow to love the crate….. Olive is very protective of her crate since it's her HOME/Den. she goes in during the day on her own when she is not in my lap or chewing her toys…. and she goes in there at bedtime.
When you can't have all attention on him he should go in his crate… with a safe toy… I don't leave toys in there when I am not home and she cannot get chew rawhide type toys since she has a food allergy but I wouldn't give him stuff like that unattended anyway in the crate. sorry so long-winded… just trying to help its all about correction and redirecting…. and if that doesn't work and you're at your wits end… crate w one of HIS toys…..! its a pain but that is the joys of owning a toy breed which I am slowly learning… LOL Its a trade-off tho she is GREAT with people and does not bite like some chewies…
Answer by :::a:::
Yorkies are always like that mine is too
Keep the toys out of his reach.. he's too tiny to reach it off a shelf anyway… don't let the dog come close to the area where the kids are playing and also spend time wif ur dog.. he's lonely.
Answer by j
Spray them with a sour apple spray. You can get it at your vet.
Answer by Jessi
Put Vicks Vapo-Rub on them, just a little bit. Both dogs and cats cannot go near that scent. It's less expensive than Apple spray.
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Answer by Sammy Gabbie
Let the dog chew up the toys. It will teach your kids to pick up their things. There should be consequences when your kids don't do as they're told. The consequences of not picking up their toys mean the dog chews on them and destroys them.
Do not buy replacement toys. Kids need to learn to do as they're told. The kids also need to know it's their own fault if the dog chews up their toys, and not to blame the dog.
Putting crap on toys? How disgusting! That crap will get on the kids' hands, and kids put their hands on everything in the house… you'll have apple spray and Vapo rub on your furniture and such.
Answer by Sassy Shibas-Praying
Why are you throwing a tantrum and giving your pup human characteristics? He sees a toy on the floor, he chews on it. He's not jealous, he doesn't know the difference between his toys and the kid's toys…he's a DOG. And a young one at that. And young pups who haven't been taught not to chew on anything will chew on *everything*.
Why shouldn't I say get him trained? He DOES need to be trained not to chew, obviously. If you don't want him chewing your son's toys, you have to take away *all* toys in his reach or pick up your son's toys. Or crate him when you're not around to watch what he's doing. Crates (especially for a Yorkie) will not be expensive. Try crate training, see what happens…
Answer by amiboo
I don't believe that your Yorkie can be expected to know the difference between one toy and another.
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Comments ( 1 )
In reply to tsmoothuh.
That’s not always true. When I hold up a “not ok to chew on” toy my dog turns her head but when I’m am not around to notice her she chew the thing anyway, and I do put away my child’s toys. The dog chewed up the bag I keep them in just to get them.
Also, keep in mind that the dog has her own toys which I leave around for her to have easy access to. My dog also chews my daughter’s bottles which she jumps on counters and sinks and tables to get to, my dog even figured our how to get into the playpen. Dogs are not stupid, they do know the difference, they just don’t care, and since you aren’t there to stop them oh well too bad for you.