Drywall is also known as plasterboard has become very common in houses nowadays. It is commonly known as plasterboard and is made of two paperboards that have sandwiched a material like a gypsum in the […]
What can you do as a dog owner to stop this behavior in your dog?
1. Invest in proper nasty tasting detergents
They can be homemade detergents or the ones bought from stores.
Either of them will work.
Start cleaning the walls with them and you will notice the dog stop chewing on the drywall because of its horrible taste.
They will begin to associate drywall with the disgusting taste and smell and thus stop the habit altogether and look for something else to chew.
2. Invest in a plumber or pest removal services
It has been discussed above that some dogs hear some noises on the other side of the wall and as predatory behavior.
The noise can be caused by either leaking and faulty pipes or some rodents such as rats.
It is therefore very important to get that checked before concluding as to why your dog is eating drywall.
3. Distracting them with toys
Your dog maybe chewing on your walls because they want to get that good feeling that comes from chewing anything.
This is because dogs love to keep chewing.
If you notice that your dog has that particular habit to chew stuff, it may be recommended to get them some toys they can chew on for them to stop chewing drywall.
4. Distracting them with games
You could teach them games that will keep them busy and reduce boredom especially outdoor games that will keep them far away from your walls.
5. Placing furniture in a strategic position
This may mean that you could place your furniture in such a way that the dog is unable to get access to the wall.
You could do that with extremely heavy furniture such as sofa sets and wall units.
They will eventually have to stop because they cannot reach the walls.
6. Eliminate fear and anxiety in your dog
Dogs tend to get stressed as we do but unlike us, their options are limited so they tend to scratch at anything to deal with it
It is important to figure out what is causing the anxiety and try to eliminate it.
7. Exercise your dog
It is important to take your dog on regular walks or runs for them to keep fit and avoid obesity.
This is because some dogs are prone to obesity more than others.
This will help your dog get enough exercise and stop looking for that kind of exercise by scratching drywall.
8. Go to a vet to seek assistance
This means if the above fails, it is important to get your dog checked for some disorders like Pica which may be causing your dog to act in that manner.
This will help you know what to do to stop that condition.
Note: Pica is a disease where dogs end to have the instinct to eat stuff that is not considered food such as stones and in this case drywall. It could be a sign of malnutrition as well which is why it is important to get professional help.