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How to stop a dog from chewing on my wood fence?

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According to Home Advisor, a typical wooden fence may cost between $1,672 and $3,996 per fence. Unfortunately, many dogs just love to check on the fence posts of wooden fences.

Why do dogs like to chew on the posts of wooden fences? While some vets point to the association between wooden sticks and fun for a dog, i.e., if a dog loves to chase a thrown stick in the park, the same dog may associate anything made of wood with fun, most vets lay the blame on the dog boredom and dog anxiety.

If a dog spends many hours outside without human company and does not get enough exercise or have enough toys to play with, it’s only natural that many dogs are attracted to your fenceposts will make do on your fenceposts out of boredom.

Things you can try first

Vets recommend that you spend plenty of time exercising and playing with your dog to see if that alleviates the situation.

In addition, dogs, just like human beings can use plenty of hugs. And although a 60 pound Siberian Husky may be quite a handful to hold on your lap, the payoff is likely to be less anxiety for your dog when you are away at work. And a less anxious dog may chew less.

Find acceptable toys for your dog

Distraction is also a key factor. If your dog does not have plenty of acceptable things to chew on, they will find something else that works.

Rubber chew toys, particularly those that squeak, dog chew bones, etc, are all popular.

Vets recommend that chew toys be kept several feet at all times from your fence. You may want to even create a circular barrier with a short metal gardening fence to keep all of the toys in the same area of the yard.

Chances are the dog will come to associate that area of the yard as a chew-free zone, and you can further reinforce that area by playing tug of war games in the dog’s play zone.

What’s next if the dog continues to chew on your wooden fence?

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One popular solution is Fence armor post shields. Although used primarily to protect
the base of fence posts from damage via lawnmowers and weed eaters, Fence armor is a sure cure to prevent your dog from biting on the fence post.

Fence Armor is two pieces of galvanized steel that clamps onto the base of the fence post.

The key advantage of Fence Armor and similar products is they work. After all, your dog will not enjoy biting at galvanized steel.

The big problem is cost. Cheaper versions can cost around $12 per fencepost, while the more popular branded varieties will up to $20 or more per post.

As a homeowner may have up to 24 fence posts in their yard, to protect them all can run nearly $400 or so.

Barricades

The net most popular method is to barricade around the fence posts. People use boulders, shrubs, and decorative mini-gardens or rubber collars to keep Rover from clamping his mouth along the base of those fence posts,

The only problem with barricades is that they tend to interfere with the aesthetics of the fence.

Repellebtas and sprays

The easiest way to take care of the situation is with a good repellant or spray. When the dog starts to chew on the fence post, the dog immediately gets a taste in his mouth that he doesn’t enjoy.

There are many repellents on the market such as NatureVet, No Chew, Halt, and more which can be purchased and applied to the bottom of wooden posts.

Naturally, dog owners worry about harming their pet and that is something to consider.

Some of these products have chemicals within them that may be questionable for dogs.

Others have more environmentally friendly chemicals but are fairly costly at $18 or more per bottle.

Finally, it’s up to the dog. Some dogs will object to a spray or repellent right off the bat, while others either don’t object to the spray or get used to it,

The obvious choice is to make your own repellant.

Many vets recommend using cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper will irritate the nose of your dog if he chews an area that has been sprayed on, and it is incredibly cheap.

  • Simply take 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, available at any grocery store, mix it with 8 ounces of water and pour the solution into a spray bottle.
  • Be cautious that you do not add more than 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, however, as your desire is to merely irritate the dog, not to injure it in any way.

There are two other effective home remedies you can try.

  • One is to mix 20 drops of eucalyptus oil into a spray bottle with 8 ounces of water.
  • The other is to mix 6 ounces of white vinegar and 2 ounces of lemon juice into a spray bottle and spray the solution on your fence posts.

How to stop a dog from chewing his bed?

We have consistently found that either the use of eucalyptus oil or vinegar and lemon juice will significantly stop your dog from chewing on his bedding.

Between the two, we find eucalyptus oil works the best. Start with 5 drops of the oil and if that doesn’t work, move to 10 and then 20.

How to stop a dog from chewing on wood trim?

To keep your dog from chewing on wood trim we find that full strength eucalyptus oil (up to 20 drops) works best.

Be sure to apply it daily until your dog gets the hint. If he is still chewing on wood trim after a few days, then try gradually adding a little bit of cayenne pepper to the mix.

Be cautious of adding too much cayenne pepper, but it often provides the extra kick necessary to ensure your dog stops chewing on wood trim.

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