Dog Chews on Towels? Here’s How to Stop It!

You’re just about to step into the shower when you see it’s happened again: your dog chewed up your towel! Why does your dog keep destroying your towels? Why do dogs chew on towels? Is it safe for dogs to chew on towels? Can you just wait it out? Will your dog grow out of chewing on towels?

Well, worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. And of course, we’ll also teach you exactly how to stop your dog chewing on your towels once and for all. Soon, you’ll be able to shower without worry. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Chews on Towels? Here’s How to Stop It!”

How to Stop Dog Chewing on Towels

Dog Chews on Towels

To stop dog chewing on towels:

  1. Keep your bath towels stored away where your dog can’t get to them when not in use.
  2. Be sure your dog always has a safe outlet for chewing like a toy they have fun with.
  3. Spray something to deter your dog, such as a 50/50 blend of water and distilled white vinegar on your bath towels.
  4. The vinegar smell will be gone after about 60 minutes, but your dog will continue to be repelled.
  5. Give a calm, firm “stop” or “no” immediately when you see that your dog is again chewing on your towels.
  6. Don’t get angry or scream, because if they’re misbehaving like this stemming from anxiety (which is incredibly likely), this will only make their problems worse.
  7. Put them into a short time-out in a closed-off room or their crate for approximately 10 minutes.
  8. If you catch them beginning to go towards the towels again, point them to a favorite toy.
  9. Give them pets, a treat, and praise when they choose a toy instead of chewing up your towels.
  10. Ensure that everybody who lives in your house is also following these steps.
  11. Be consistent and patient.

This should help your dog to stop chewing on your bath towels, but you’ll still need to address their disobedience which was caused by their underlying problem with anxiety. A failure to do so will just lead to your dog continuing to think that they run the show, and their problem will just start showing itself in even worse ways.

And for us to properly go over that, we must first talk about what makes dogs tick deep down. I’m sure you’ve heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.

But when your dog chews on towels, they are without a doubt proving to you that they don’t trust you as the head of the family pack.

If they did, they wouldn’t ignore you and chew on your bath towels despite being told to stop. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of anxiety-related misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — immediately — and they would do so happily.

Show your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable one worthy of respect, and you’ll make all of these great changes happen.

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 issues are currently burdening them with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

That sounds great, wouldn’t you agree?

“Yeah, definitely, 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 very 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 right to the point so that you can start seeing these critical changes in your dog before things get any worse.

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 on Towels?

Dogs chew on towels when they’re feeling stressed and anxious. The act of chewing on your towel releases soothing endorphins that help them to feel better. Your towel also smells like you (particularly if you’ve recently used it), which is also pleasing to your dog.

If your dog is very young (under six months old), then it’s possible they’re chewing your towel because they’re still teething. But this would still be an issue that needs to be addressed because allowing it could turn it into a learned behavior for your dog and it will be even harder to break them of it when they’re an adult.

When you really have a problem on your hands is if your dog chews on your towels and then ignores you when told to stop. This is not just disobedient, but also a sign that your dog may feel dominant over you, because they’re displaying that they feel free to do what they want regardless of what they’ve been told by you.

You can’t let that continue, or you give your dog tacit approval of their beliefs that they are in charge, and that they can do whatever they please — like chewing up your bath towels. Take care of things immediately or their issues are only going to grow and escalate, not to mention their suffering (remember: the main reason dogs do this is anxiety and stress).

Before long, your dog will be chewing up and ruining things all over the house. Your dog will chew the rug, chew the bed sheets, chew the pillows, and maybe even chew the door mat. I’m sure you don’t want to be replacing things constantly or letting your dog continue to go through all this worry, so you can probably see why you need to do something now.

To learn how to stop your dog chewing on towels using our solution that will stop them right away while also addressing the root cause (to help them in the long term), go back to the first section now.

Is It Safe for Dogs to Chew Towels?

It is not safe for dogs to chew towels. While in most cases your dog will pass any swallowed fabric without issue, that will not always be the case. The fabric of your chewed up towel can compress blood vessels in their intestines which causes breakdown of their tissues, bacterial leakage, and even death.

Instead, make sure that your dog always has a proper outlet for their chewing such as a toy specifically made for dogs. This is particularly important if they’re a puppy who is still teething. Anxiety is often a cause for a dog’s destructive chewing, so if you’re noticing other signs of stress or worry (whining when you leave, clinginess), that should be addressed right away.

To learn how to get your dog to stop chewing towels while also handling any anxiety issues that may be present, go back to the first section now where we’ll teach you exactly what to do.

Will My Dog Grow Out of Chewing on Towels?

Your dog will not grow out of chewing on towels. While it’s true that they may be doing so due to teething issues which would be age-related, allowing them to engage in this runs a high risk of it becoming a learned behavior that will continue into adulthood. Chewing will still be pleasurable then as it releases endorphins and soothes anxiety.

Rather than allowing your teething puppy to chew on towels, give them an appropriate dog toy instead. If they prefer the towel, help them to form positive associations with their toy by giving them excited praise and small treats whenever they chew on their toy. It may take a week or two, but they’ll soon learn that the toy is a much better option for them.

I’m sure you’re sick of finding your bath towels ruined, so I’ll let you begin now. Best wishes with everything, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Chews on Towels? Here’s How to Stop It!”