Dog Chewing Window Sill? Here’s How to Stop It!
Your dog chewing the window sill is aggravating but also concerning. What’s making them do this? Are they okay? Why is your dog chewing on window sills? What deters a dog that chews window sills? Can they get sick? Can dogs chew painted window sills?
Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. Most importantly, we’ll teach you exactly how to stop your dog chewing window sills once and for all. Soon, this will all be a thing of the past. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Chewing Window Sill? Here’s How to Stop It!”
How to Stop Dog Chewing Window Sill
To stop dog chewing window sill:
- Be sure your dog always has an appropriate outlet for their chewing like a toy that keeps them occupied.
- Spray a deterrent, such as a 50/50 mixture of distilled white vinegar and water onto a cloth and wipe the window sill with it.
- Vinegar is not strong or corrosive enough to damage paint.
- The scent of vinegar will be gone after 1 hour, but your dog will still be repelled.
- Give a firm, calm “stop” or “no” right away if you again notice your dog is chewing on the window sill.
- Do not yell or get upset, because if they’re acting like this due to anxiety (which is the most probable explanation), this will only make their problems worse.
- Put them in a brief time-out in their crate or a closed-off room for about 10 minutes.
- If you notice them starting to go towards the window sill, redirect them to one of their toys.
- Reward them with a treat, pets, and praise when they pick their toy instead of chewing on the window sill.
- Be sure that everybody in the house is also following these procedures.
- Stay consistent and patient.
This should get your dog to stop chewing window sills, but you’ll still need to take care of their underlying issue of anxiety or it will only begin showing itself in other (likely worse) ways.
To properly cover that, we must first discuss what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve likely 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 window sills, they are clearly telling you that they have no respect for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t chew on the window sill and continue to do so even after being told to stop. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of anxiety-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, deserving one who must be respected, and you’ll make all of these wonderful things a 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 worry and confusion that their anxiety problems are currently saddling their little shoulders with every single second of every single day.
That sounds great, right?
“Yes, absolutely, but how do I do any of this?”
You should watch a tremendous free video series which is on this very subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In the series, he explains absolutely everything in ways that are very easy to understand 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 worry, because no, you’re not going to have to be mean or yell at 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 Window Sills?
Your dog is chewing on window sills because they’re going through anxiety and the act of chewing releases endorphins which help them to feel better. Depending on how much time you spend around the window sill, it may almost smell like you which would also be comforting.
If you have a puppy chewing on window sills, then it could just be teething. While this is normal behavior, your puppy chewing on the window sill is obviously not an acceptable outlet. Ensure that they always have an appropriate toy, and go back to the first section now for more information on getting them to stop.
But if your dog chews window sills and ignores you when told to quit, then you have a potentially seriously behavioral problem developing. This is a definitive sign of disobedience, which means that they’re not respecting your leadership or fully trusting you — all of this leads to anxiety issues.
While you may be able to get your dog to stop chewing on window sills, if you don’t treat the problem at its root then they’ll just move on to something else. You’ll find your dog chewing on baseboards, chewing on metal, chewing on plastic, or even chewing on mulch. Pretty much anything will do if it relieves their stress.
Obviously, you don’t want your things to be ruined. More importantly, though, you want your dog to quit suffering and experiencing all of this worry. To learn how to fix their anxiety issues while also teaching them to stop chewing window wills, go back to the first section now.
What Deters a Dog That Chews Window Sills?
A 50/50 mixture of distilled white vinegar and water deters a dog that chews window sills. Mix it up in a spray bottle, then mist it onto any window sills your dog has been chewing on. It’s safe for paint, and the smell will be gone in about an hour. Your dog, however, will still be able to detect the scent and will remain repelled.
But that won’t fully solve your issue. The reason your dog chewed on the window sill to begin with (which is likely anxiety) is still going to remain, so they’ll just seek out something different around the house to go after.
Make sure that your dog always has an appropriate chew toy to ease their worries with. You should also immediately begin working to correct the problem at its root. Go back to the first section now and we’ll explain exactly how you can do that.
Can Dogs Chew Painted Window Sills?
Dogs can chew painted window sills without being harmed as long as it doesn’t contain heavy metals. Lead-based paint, however, can harm your dog if they were to swallow even a small, thumbnail-sized chip. That tiny amount is enough to poison dogs up to 20 pounds.
Though lead-based paints haven’t been used in the United States since 1978, many older homes and buildings still feature it. This paint can easily crack, chip, and peel, so if you notice signs of this, have it removed by professionals as soon as possible.
I’m sure you’re sick of your dog ruining things around the house, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Good luck with all of this, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Chewing Window Sill? Here’s How to Stop It!”