Getting a new dog or puppy that likes chewing on hard surfaces can do a number on your dining room furniture behind your back. The furniture used in dining rooms is typically made out of wood, which relieves pressure for teething puppies, and presents more of a challenge to older dogs who never learned what they can and cannot gnaw on, especially if they become bored. Table and chair legs make easy targets, as do corners that dogs can easily get their mouth around. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to protect your dining room from your furry friend's chompers.
1. An ongoing step to take is of course teaching the dog what it should or should not chew on. Some dogs are more destructive than others and need toys that can hold up to their enthusiasm, like tennis balls, dense rubbers, vinyl, nylon, or other hard yet malleable plastics. It may take some trial and error to find what materials can stand up to your dog and what shapes or materials he or she will actually play with. If you catch your pet red-handed in the dining room, give them a firm "no" and redirect their attention to a toy, showing them that it is okay to chew on that instead. Then, praise them enthusiastically for playing with the correct toy. This will need to be repeated several times before it catches it on, so patience is key.
2. Another way you can keep your dog from chewing on the table while spending quality time with them is to exhaust play with them. Take your dog on a long walk, go for a run, throw a ball around outside, or spend twenty minutes in a thrilling battle of tug-o-war. Not only does this keep the dog occupied and their boredom at bay, but it tires them out so that when you are not there to keep an eye on them, they would rather rest than chew on the furniture.
3. If you currently need to buy new furniture or replacing dining room furniture is a feasible option, you may want to consider materials other than wood that will hold up better to your dog's jaws. There are many furniture options made out of metal, glass, real or faux marble, or a combination that will be too hard for your dog to get any satisfaction out of, and will also not show the wear and tear of any gnawing attempts.
4. If you find yourself frequently needing to leave your dog before they have learned to leave the dining room alone, you may consider buying a kennel that your dog can rest and relax in while you are away. Kennels are made out of metals and hard plastics. The best option for your dog depends on how determined of a chewer they are, as plastic may not be enough to hold them.