Dog Chewing On Pillows? Here’s How to Stop It!

What is it about your pillows that is so enticing to your dog? Why is your dog chewing on pillows? Is it because they’re young? Will my puppy grow out of chewing on pillows? And just how concerned do you need to be, outside of the cost? Can your dog get hurt chewing pillows?

Today, we’ll put your mind at ease by answering all of these questions. Of course, we’ll also teach you exactly how to stop your dog chewing on pillows. It won’t be long until this frustrating issue is a thing of the past. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Chewing On Pillows? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Chewing On Pillows

Dog Chewing On Pillows

To stop dog chewing on pillows:

  1. Keep the door to your bedroom closed so your dog can’t get in.
  2. Store the pillows high on a shelf or in a closet if you don’t want to keep your bedroom shut.
  3. Make sure your dog can always find a proper outlet for their chewing such as a toy they have fun chewing on.
  4. Spray a deterrent, such as a 50/50 blend of distilled white vinegar and water onto your pillows.
  5. The smell of vinegar will not be detectable after 1 hour, but your dog will continue to be deterred.
  6. The vinegar/water mix is safe for nearly all fabrics, but you should avoid using it on wool, silk, or other natural fabrics to be safe.
  7. Give a firm but calm “stop” or “no” the second when you catch your dog is again chewing up the pillows.
  8. Do not get mad or yell, because if they’re acting like this due to anxiety (which is incredibly likely), this will only make their problems worse.
  9. Put them in a short time-out in their crate or a closed-off room for approximately 10 minutes.
  10. If you see your dog beginning to go after the pillows, point their attention to a favorite toy.
  11. Give them a small treat, pets, and praise when they choose their toy rather than chewing on the pillows.
  12. Be sure that anyone else in the home is also following these procedures.
  13. Stay consistent and patient.

Still, you’ll 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.

To properly cover that, we must first discuss what makes dogs function and has for thousands and thousands of years now. I’m sure you’ve heard before that all dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.

But every time that your dog chews the pillows, they are definitively showing you that they have no trust for you in this leadership role.

If they did, they wouldn’t continue to chew up your pillows even though you’ve been telling them to quit. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of anxiety-related misbehavior or disrespect. And they would immediately obey your commands at all times, and they would do so happily.

Prove 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 terrific things your reality.

Obviously, you’ll be better off. But your dog will be too because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety problems are currently placing on their little shoulders 24/7.

That sounds great, right?

“Yeah, of course, but how do I actually do this then?”

You should watch an incredibly useful free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this very 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 crucial changes in your dog before things escalate any further.

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 Is My Dog Chewing on Pillows?

Your dog is chewing on pillows because they’re feeling anxious, and the process of chewing releases endorphins which help to soothe them. Your pillows have the added benefit of smelling like you since you lay your head on them every night, which your dog also finds comforting.

But if your dog is chewing on your pillows and continues to do so even after being told to stop, you have an additional problem on your hands: dominance. Your dog’s refusal to obey commands clearly shows that they see themselves in charge, meaning they do what they want, when they want.

In addition to chewed up pillows, you’ll likely see this spread into other misbehaviors if you don’t address things immediately. You’ll find that your dog is chewing on the bed sheets, chewing on the door mat, chewing on the TV remote, and chewing on the rug.

I’m sure you can see how this could get extremely frustrating and expensive very quickly. That’s why you need to get a handle on things now. To learn how to stop your dog from chewing on your pillows while also addressing the root causes of this behavior, go back to the first section now.

Will My Puppy Grow Out of Chewing on Pillows?

Your puppy will not grow out of chewing on pillows unless they are under six months old and still teething. Even then, there’s a good chance they’ll continue the behavior into adulthood, as it’s still going to be a fun, pleasurable activity for them once they’re grown.

That’s why you can’t simply toss them an old pillow and go about your day thinking the problem is solved and that it’s acceptable just because they’re a teething puppy. If you catch your puppy chewing the pillow, immediately give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” and then place them in a brief time-out. Next, redirect them to a chew toy and give them praise and pets when they chew that instead.

Making positive associations with the right outlets for chewing will help your puppy stop chewing on pillows now, rather than trying to address it when they’re an adult when it will be much harder because you’ve given the impression that it’s acceptable. For further instructions, go back to the first section now.

Can My Dog Get Hurt Chewing Pillows?

Your dog can get hurt chewing pillows. They can rip apart the pillow case and swallow its fibers, or the stuffing inside. These could easily become stuck in your dog’s digestive tract, which would require painful and expensive surgery to correct.

Obviously, no one wants to do that when it’s easily avoidable so you should work to stop your dog from chewing pillows as soon as you observe the behavior for the first time. Not doing so gives them the idea that it’s okay and then it will only be harder to correct. Go back to the first section now where we have full instructions for you to follow.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to not replacing your chewed up pillows all the time, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Best of luck with all of this, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Chewing On Pillows? Here’s How to Stop It!”