Dog Chewing Sprinkler Heads? What to Do + How to Stop It! [8 Steps]

If your dog has been chewing on your sprinkler heads, you’re probably wondering how to put a stop to it. In our article, “Dog Chewing Sprinkler Heads? What to Do + How to Stop It!”, we’ll discuss why dogs are attracted to chewing on sprinkler heads and how to dog-proof them.

We’ll also cover whether it’s possible to repair a dog-chewed sprinkler head and if it’s safe for dogs to chew on them. Plus, we’ll touch on why puppies might be scared of sprinklers. Eager to learn more? Keep reading below!

How to Stop Your Dog from Chewing Sprinkler Heads

Dog Chewing Sprinkler Heads

To stop dog chewing up sprinkler heads:

  1. Use dog-proof sprinkler head covers or install timed undercover heads.
  2. Be sure your dog always has available a safe outlet for chewing such as a toy they have fun playing with.
  3. Give a firm, calm “stop” or “no” right away when you notice your dog is biting sprinkler heads.
  4. Don’t get angry or yell, because if they’re doing so due to anxiety (which is the most likely explanation), this will only make their problems worse.
  5. Place them in a quick time-out in a closed-off room or their crate for around ten minutes.
  6. If you catch them starting to go after the sprinkler heads, point them to a favorite toy.
  7. Give them pets, a small treat, and praise when they select a toy instead of chewing on sprinkler heads.
  8. Be sure that everybody in the house is also following these steps while remaining 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 likely your dog’s feelings of dominance and 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 tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve probably 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 up the sprinkler heads, they are definitively proving to you that they don’t trust you as the head of the family pack.

If they did, they wouldn’t be stressed by the sprinklers or feel the need to defend you from them. They wouldn’t display any other types of anxiety and dominance-related disrespect or misbehavior. And they would immediately obey your commands at all times, and they would do so happily.

Show your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable and deserving one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these great changes a reality.

Obviously, you’ll be better off. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the confusion and worry that their anxiety and dominance problems are currently placing on their little shoulders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

That sounds terrific, doesn’t it?

“Yes, of course, but how do I do any of this?”

You should watch a tremendous free video series which is on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In the series, he explains everything in ways that are very easy to follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets right 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 stress, because no, you’re not going to have to be mean or yell at your dog. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving teaching techniques 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 on Sprinkler Heads?

Dogs chew on sprinkler heads due to anxiety, dominance, boredom, or teething. Anxiety may cause your dog to resort to destructive behaviors like chewing to cope with stress. Dominance-driven dogs may chew on or attack objects to mark their territory, and might see the intrusive objects as a threat that needs to be handled.

Boredom can lead to destructive chewing when your dog has too much pent-up energy and lacks mental stimulation. Lastly, teething is a common reason for puppies to chew on things, as it helps alleviate the discomfort associated with growing new teeth.

Addressing your dog’s anxiety involves identifying the root cause and providing a supportive environment to reduce their stress. For dominance-related issues, consistent training and establishing clear boundaries can help reinforce appropriate behaviors.

Engaging your dog in regular exercise, interactive play, and providing them with toys will alleviate boredom and reduce the likelihood of destructive chewing. For teething puppies, providing appropriate chew toys and soothing aids can help them manage the discomfort and redirect their chewing to appropriate items.

While dog-proofing the heads of your sprinklers will help protect them, this is not a complete solution as the root issue which is driving all of this to begin with will still be present. And that means that your dog is just going to find other objects to chew destructively as a way to alleviate their issues.

Your dog may chew up your gardening gloves, chew up your pruning shear handles, chew up your wheelbarrow tire, or chew up your rake handle. Almost anything in your backyard can become a potential target. I’m sure you can see now why it’s important to handle this issue at its root. To learn the exact steps to follow to do that, go back to the first section of this article now.

How to Dog-Proof Your Sprinkler Heads

To dog-proof your sprinkler heads, you can start by covering them with protective devices or installing underground sprinklers. These devices prevent your dog from gaining access to the sprinkler head while still allowing it to function properly. You can find various sprinkler head protectors on the market that are designed to deter dogs from chewing on them.

Another option is to create a barrier around the sprinkler heads using fencing or landscaping. You could build a small fence or plant shrubs and bushes strategically to keep your dog away from the sprinklers.

Additionally, make sure to supervise your dog when they’re in the yard, and redirect their attention away from the sprinklers by engaging them in play or providing them with appropriate chew toys. Go back to the first section now to learn more on address your dog’s destructive chewing problem at its root.

Can You Repair a Dog-Chewed Sprinkler Head?

Yes, you can often repair a dog-chewed sprinkler head depending on the extent of the damage. If the damage is minimal, you might be able to fix it by replacing a few parts, such as the nozzle or cap. However, if the damage is more severe, you may need to replace the entire sprinkler head.

It’s essential to assess the damage and consult with a professional or the sprinkler manufacturer to determine the best course of action. Repairing or replacing a sprinkler head can be a DIY project for those who are handy, but you can also enlist the help of a professional irrigation specialist if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself.

Are Sprinkler Heads Safe for Dogs to Chew On?

Sprinkler heads are not safe for dogs to chew on. Chewing on sprinkler heads can pose a choking hazard, as your dog may accidentally swallow small parts or sharp pieces. Additionally, your dog’s teeth can be damaged or broken by the hard plastic or metal components of the sprinkler head.

Furthermore, the chemicals used in lawn care, such as fertilizers and pesticides, may contaminate the sprinkler head and be harmful to your dog if ingested. It’s important to discourage your dog from chewing on sprinkler heads and provide them with safe and appropriate chew toys instead.

Why Are Puppies Scared of Sprinklers?

Puppies are scared of sprinklers because they are unfamiliar with the sudden noise and movement. Young dogs are often more sensitive to new experiences and can become fearful when confronted with something they don’t understand. This fear is a natural response to protect themselves from potential threats.

To help your puppy overcome their fear of sprinklers, you can gradually introduce them to the concept by turning on the sprinklers at a low setting and letting them observe from a safe distance. Reward your puppy with treats and praise for remaining calm during the process. Gradually decrease the distance and increase the sprinkler’s intensity as your puppy becomes more comfortable.

You should now know everything you need to handle your dog’s chewing on sprinkler heads, so I’ll let you get started. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “Dog Chewing Sprinkler Heads? What to Do + How to Stop It!”

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.