How to Get Your Dog to Stop Chewing TV Remote

It’s hard to sit back and relax at night because you can’t change the channel without getting your hand covered in slobber. That’s because your dog is chewing on the TV remote over and over! What’s going on here? Why is your dog chewing on remotes? And what happens if a dog eats the TV remote, will they be okay? Will they grow out of this?

Well, wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. Most importantly, we’ll tell you exactly how to stop your dog from chewing on the TV remote once and for all! Soon, your nights (and hands) will be completely slobber-free! So without further ado, let’s get to our article “How to Get Your Dog to Stop Chewing TV Remote.”

Why Is My Dog Chewing on Remotes?

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Chewing TV Remote

Your dog is chewing on remotes because they’re anxious and biting on things releases endorphins that soothe them. The remote also has the added bonus of carrying your scent which helps to relax them as well. Less likely possibilities are that your dog is just bored or teething (if they’re under six months old).

To stop your dog chewing remotes, you should start by making sure that your dog is getting plenty of attention and exercise, and that they have a proper outlet for their biting behavior like a quiet chew toy. But you’ll still want to address what was causing their anxiety in the first place, because if you don’t get to the root of the problem then it will just pop up in other areas, and likely be even worse.

It won’t be long before your dog is biting on other things that might smell like you and command your attention to relieve stress. You could very well see your dog chewing on your cell phone, chewing on your phone charger, or chewing on your tablet. Obviously, these are all very expensive things that you enjoy spending time with, so you don’t want that to happen.

To stop your dog from chewing on remotes due to anxiety or other reasons, you would do so through behavioral training. You can skip to the last section now where we’ll tell you how to do that.

What Happens if a Dog Eats the TV Remote?

If a dog eats the TV remote or even just the battery, they could develop severe gastrointestinal issues or other serious problems. Dogs can break through bone, so tearing your TV remote into pieces would be no problem. The plastic slivers could then easily become lodged in your dog’s intestines leading to painful blockages.

Your dog also might puncture the battery, which could lead to toxic substances being leaked and severely damaging your dog’s mouth, esophagus, and stomach — possibly even leading to death. Do not allow your dog to chew on TV remotes, even if it’s an old one you’re not using. Skip to the last section now where we’ll go over how you can end the behavior for good.

Will My Dog Grow Out of Biting on Remotes?

Your dog will not grow out of biting on remotes unless they’re still under six months old and teething. Even then, you should not allow the behavior as they will learn that it’s okay and continue it into adulthood. For older dogs, this is a purely behavioral problem and not something for which they will just get too old.

How to Stop Your Dog from Chewing TV Remote

To stop your dog from chewing TV remotes, immediately give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” when you notice them biting the remote or sniffing around it. Do not clap or yell, as your dog is likely doing this to relieve anxiety, and reacting like that will only make things worse for them.

If your dog persists and chews on the TV remote, take it from them and put your dog into time-out in their crate or a closed-off room for about 10 minutes. You should then begin redirecting your dog to a chew toy whenever you see them starting to pay attention to the remote again.

When they take your redirection and start playing with a toy instead, immediately give them pets, praise, and a small treat. Your dog should soon learn chewing on the remote gets them negative results, while not doing so gets rewarded.

Make sure that anyone else in the home is also following these steps so that your dog is receiving consistent feedback from everyone. With time, patience, and consistency, they should learn to chew on only things that they’re allowed to, and not your TV remote.

Still, you need to address at its root what was causing this problem in the first place: your dog’s anxiety. And to properly cover that, we should first quickly go over what makes dogs function and has for thousands and thousands of years.

You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader. Well, when your dog gets anxious and chews on TV remotes, chews on other things they’re not supposed to, or just generally reacts by misbehaving, they’re clearly showing you that they don’t fully trust you in this role.

If they did, your dog would stay calm and not need to chew up your things whether you’re around or not, because they’d know that you’ve got everything handled for both them and yourself. Your dog would only relax with proper outlets, like their chew toy. And your dog would obey your commands at all times, and do so happily.

You’d be able to relax on the couch at night and leave home during the day knowing your dog will be staying calm and not destroying your remote and other things. And your dog would be much better off too, as they’d be free of all that stress and worry that they’re currently hauling around on their little shoulders 24/7.

Everyone wins. Sounds like a great thing, right?

“Of course, so 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 exact subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In the series, he’ll explain everything you need to know in ways that are very easy to understand and to teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you’ll start seeing these important changes in your dog in no time.

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And there’s no need to stress out, because you’re not going to have to yell or be mean. Dan never uses those types of techniques. That’s because loving and humane methods are not just the right way to do things, they’re also the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to using a fully-functioning TV remote free of slobber and bite marks, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Good luck, and thank you for reading our article “How to Get Your Dog to Stop Chewing TV Remote.”