How to Keep Your Dog from Chewing on Deck Rails

Give your dog something better to chew than a deck rail.
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You know the old saying, “The dog ate my homework?” Well, it came from somewhere. Dogs can be notorious chewers; they love putting stuff in their mouths. One common chewing place is your deck railing, especially if you leave Chomper alone out there all day.

Step 1

Exercise your dog. If he's tired, he’s less likely to chew the deck railings. If you leave your dog on the deck while you go to work, for example, take him for a long walk, at least a 30-minute one, before you leave. Try to vary the walk to give your dog new areas to smell.

Step 2

Play with your dog. Dogs need mental stimulation to keep them from being bored. If you can return home midday from work to play with your dog, he’ll be less likely to chew. Tug-of-war, fetch and catching bubbles made with a special dog bubble-blower are usually favorite dog games.

Step 3

Work with your dog. Go on the deck with him. As soon as he starts chewing the railing, say, “Stop,” or “No” or clap your hands loudly. When he looks at you, offer a chew toy. When he takes the toy, praise him. Rotate the toys you offer to prevent him from becoming bored with one.

Step 4

Use a dog repellant or spray on your deck rails. If your dog can’t stand the way the rails taste, he is less likely to chew them. Don’t just assume this method will work; go out and see for yourself. Read the directions on the repellant to find out how often it needs to be reapplied.

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