Dog Chewing on Mulch? Here’s How to Stop It!

Your dog chewing on mulch seems a little odd, but you’re just not sure whether you should allow it. Can they get sick or hurt themselves? Is it safe? Why do dogs chew mulch? Is it bad if your dog eats mulch? Is mulch digestible for dogs?

We’re going to answer each and every one of these questions for you today. We’ll also cover exactly how to stop your dog chewing mulch once and for all. Very soon, you’ll be able to put your dog out in the yard without worrying. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Chewing on Mulch? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Chewing on Mulch

Dog Chewing on Mulch

To stop dog chewing on mulch:

  1. Keep your dog fenced off or away from your mulch piles as much as possible.
  2. Ensure your dog always has available a safe outlet for their chewing such as a toy they have fun playing with.
  3. Give a firm but calm “stop” or “no” immediately when you notice that your dog is going towards a mulch pile.
  4. Do not scream or get angry, because if they’re acting like this stemming from anxiety (which is the most likely explanation), this will only make their difficulties worse.
  5. Put them in a quick time-out in a closed-off room or their crate for roughly 10 minutes.
  6. If you notice them beginning to go after a pile of mulch, point them to a toy.
  7. Give them a small treat, praise, and pets when they select their toy instead of chewing mulch.
  8. Ensure that everyone else in the home is also going by these steps.
  9. Stay patient and consistent.

But you’ll still need to do something about the root problem that was causing all of this disobedience to begin with, which is your dog’s feelings of anxiety. Letting this continue will just lead to your dog’s issue growing and escalating into other behavioral problems.

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

But when your dog chews mulch, they are clearly showing you that they don’t respect you in this leadership role.

If they did, they wouldn’t chew on mulch and continue doing so even after you’ve told them to stop. They wouldn’t display any other types of anxiety-related disrespect. And they would obey your commands at all times — immediately — and they would do so happily.

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

You’ll be better off for obvious reasons. But your dog will be too because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety issues are currently saddling them with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sounds great, don’t you think?

“Sure, absolutely, but how do I actually do this then?”

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 absolutely everything in ways that are very easy to follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you can start seeing these important changes in your dog in no time.

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t stress, because no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your dog. Dan never uses those types of methods. Not just because loving teaching techniques are 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 Mulch?

Dogs chew mulch in most cases due to anxiety or boredom. Chewing on things feels good and comforts them because when they do so, their body releases pleasing endorphins. Make sure that they always have a proper outlet like a toy both inside and in the backyard.

In some cases, dogs chew on mulch because they have a poor diet lacking in nutrients. They instinctually then seek out something to supplement their diet, and for some, mulch might seem like the most attractive option. Ensure your dog is eating food specifically made for them, and enough of it for their weight, age, and activity level.

But if you know they’re getting proper nutrition and your dog chews mulch and continues to do so even after you’ve told them to stop, then you have a behavioral issue on your hands. Your dog is not respecting or trusting your leadership, which leads to their anxiety and stress problems.

It’s crucial that you begin working on this with them immediately. A failure to do so will lead to the issue getting worse and appearing more frequently. You’ll find that your dog is chewing plastic, chewing window sills, chewing baseboards, and maybe even chewing metal.

You obviously don’t want your dog to suffer or for your things to continue getting ruined. To learn how to stop your dog chewing mulch while also addressing what was causing all of this in the first place, go back to the first section now and we’ll explain step-by-step exactly what to do.

Is It Bad if My Dog Eats Mulch?

It is bad if your dog eats mulch. While the mulch probably smells good and is nice to chew on, you can’t allow your dog to do so because the pieces could cut their mouths or become lodged in their digestive tract. They would then require painful and expensive surgery.

You don’t want your dog going through that, so it’s important to not let your dog eat mulch even if they’ve been doing so with no problems. Go back to the first section now where we’ll explain how you can easily do this.

Is Mulch Digestible for Dogs?

Some types of mulch are digestible for dogs (such as cedar), while others are not. Still, you should not let your puppy or dog eat mulch regardless of the type. Larger pieces can injure your dog’s mouth or become stuck in their digestive tract. This would require expensive and painful surgery to correct.

I’m sure you’re ready to put your dog out back without worrying, so I’ll let you get started now. Best of luck, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Chewing on Mulch? Here’s How to Stop It!”