Dog Chewing Hockey Puck? Here’s How to Stop It!

You’re just about to head to the rink when you see it: your dog chewed up your hockey pucks again! Why do they keep doing this? Why do dogs chew hockey pucks? Are hockey pucks safe for dogs to chew on? And how worried should you be? Can dogs get hurt chewing hockey pucks?

Today, we’re going to answer each and every question you have about this aggravating problem. We’ll, obviously, also cover how to stop your dog chewing hockey pucks once and for all. It won’t be long until this all a thing of the past for you. Continue reading below for our article “Dog Chewing Hockey Puck? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Chewing Hockey Pucks

Dog Chewing Hockey Puck

To stop dog chewing hockey pucks:

  1. Keep your pucks hidden away or as out of reach from your dog as possible.
  2. Ensure your dog always has available a proper outlet for chewing such as a toy they enjoy.
  3. Spray a deterrent, such as a 1:1 blend of water and distilled white vinegar on a cloth and wipe down your hockey pucks with it.
  4. The scent of vinegar will not be detectable after around sixty minutes, but your dog will still be deterred.
  5. The pucks should not slide or behave differently than before.
  6. Give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” right away if you catch your dog again biting hockey pucks.
  7. Don’t get mad or yell, because if they’re doing so out of anxiety (which is extremely likely), this will only make their stress worse.
  8. Place them into a brief time-out in their crate or a closed-off room for roughly 10 minutes.
  9. If you catch your dog starting to go for the pucks, redirect them to one of their toys.
  10. Reward them with praise, pets, and a treat when they pick a toy rather than chewing on your hockey pucks.
  11. Be sure that everybody in the home is also going by these procedures.
  12. Be consistent and patient.

This will get your dog to stop chewing on your hockey pucks, but you can’t forget that the issue which was causing all of this in the first place (anxiety) will still be present. And you absolutely must address that, because not doing so means that your dog will continue suffering and misbehaving in different (possibly worse) ways.

And to do that, we must first talk about what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. I’m sure you’ve heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.

But every time that your dog chews hockey pucks, they are without a doubt proving to you that they have no respect for you as the head of the family pack.

If they did, they wouldn’t chew on hockey pucks and then ignore you when told to stop. They wouldn’t display any other types of anxiety-related disrespect. And they would obey your commands at all times — happily — and they would do so immediately.

Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable one who must be respected, and you’ll make all of these great changes a reality.

You’ll win for obvious reasons. But your dog will be the real winner here because you’ll have freed them from all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety problems are currently saddling them with every moment of every day.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

“Absolutely, yeah, but how do I do any of this?”

You should watch an excellent free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this exact subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In Dan’s series, he explains everything in ways that are very simple to follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you can start seeing these critical changes in your dog before things escalate any further.

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t worry, because no, you’re not going to have to be mean or yell at your dog. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving teaching methods at all times. Not just because they’re the right thing to do, but also because they’re the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.

Why Do Dogs Chew Hockey Pucks?

Dogs chew hockey pucks because they’re going through anxiety and chewing on things releases endorphins which soothe them. Your hockey pucks also have the added benefit of smelling like you (since you handle them when picking them up, putting them in your bag, etc) which also helps relax your dog.

In addition to your possibly ruined pucks, you have another issue on your hands if your dog is chewing on your hockey pucks and then ignoring you when you tell them to quit. This is not just disobedient, but also likely a sign that they feel dominant over you since they don’t feel the need to respect your commands.

Left unchecked, your dog’s misbehavior is only going to grow and escalate into even worse displays. They’ll find other things to bite and chew on of yours whenever they feel a little stressed. Your dog will chew on your game controllers, chew on your headphones, and even chew on your pillows. Imagine coming across that right before bed!

The good news is, however, that this problem is relatively easy to correct both in the short and long term. If you go back to the first section now, we’ve provided you with a way to get your dog to stop chewing on your pucks immediately, and we also have directions on how to correct the root behavior so their desire to destructively chew on your things is gone completely.

Are Hockey Pucks Safe for Dogs to Chew On?

Hockey pucks are not safe for dogs to chew on. Made of vulcanized rubber, your dog can easily break off pieces that they will then swallow. They are not able to digest these pieces, so they may then become lodged in your dog’s intestines which would require potentially dangerous, expensive surgery to remove.

In most cases, if your dog eats a hockey puck (or pieces of one), they’re probably going to be okay as they will normally chew it into small enough pieces for them to pass safely and eventually be defecated out. But there’s no guarantee, and you can’t be too careful with your dog’s safety, so if your dog chews up your hockey puck, you should make a visit to the vet right away.

Can Dogs Get Hurt Chewing Hockey Pucks?

Dogs can get hurt chewing hockey pucks. Dogs can easily tear apart bones, so your puck made of rubber is no match for them. They will very easily rip it into pieces, many of which they will swallow in the process. These small slivers can then become lodged in their intestines, which means severe discomfort, intestinal rupture, extreme fluid loss, and even death.

If you believe your dog has swallowed pieces of your puck, it’s best to be on the safe side and take them to the veterinarian for an examination immediately. This applies not just to pucks, but anything your dog may have eaten that is not digestible.

I’m sure you’re sick of your pucks getting chewed up, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best of luck with all of this, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Chewing Hockey Puck? Here’s How to Stop It!”