How to Stop Your Dog From Biting the Seat Belt

You want to be able to take them places with you without worrying, but your dog won’t stop biting on the seat belt! Why do they have to do this? Why does your dog chew seat belts? And just how much damage can they cause, can dogs chew through seat belts? Do dogs legally need a seat belt? And how can you stop it? Will sprays work, or do you need to do something else?

Well, don’t stress any longer, because today’s we’re going to answer all of these frustrating questions for you. Most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog from biting the seat belt. I’m sure you’re ready to be able to take your dog in the car without getting anxious about the damage they might cause, so without further ado, let’s get to our article below!

Why Does My Dog Chew Seat Belts?

How to Stop Your Dog From Biting the Seat Belt

Your dog chews seat belts because they get anxious while riding in the car. Many dogs associate car trips with going to the vet, so even if you’re routinely taking them to fun places like the park, they’ll get nervous during the ride, and chewing on your seat belt helps soothe them. They may also just get worried due to the speed and the other things they’re not used to seeing.

Chewing on things releases endorphins for dogs, so if they’re experiencing anxiety while riding in the car, then gnawing, nipping, or biting the seat belt would help them relax a bit. Make sure that your dog has a more appropriate outlet, like a quiet chew toy that won’t distract you, from now on.

It’s likely your dog is showing their anxiety at other times too, and possibly soothing themselves by chewing on other things. They’ll probably also be very clingy and scared of others. Will your dog not leave you alone? Do they hide out under your chair? Do they lack confidence on walks?

These are just a few possible examples, but the number of ways your dog could be displaying their anxiety is endless. And while your dog chewing on the seat belt might seem relatively harmless, the underlying issue which is causing it is most certainly not.

You need to address their problem immediately so that your dog can quit suffering like this, and before their problem gets any worse. Anxious dogs left untreated often develop into dogs that lash out and bite visitors and others they don’t trust.

You would do so through behavioral training, which we’ll go over in the last section of this article.

Can Dogs Chew Through Seat Belts?

Dogs can chew through seat belts. Dogs are able to break through bone, so a seat belt would be no problem if given enough time.

This would obviously be an expensive replacement, but the more important issue that this creates is the dangerous lack of an adequate restraint if you were to get in an accident with someone riding in that seat.

Do Dogs Legally Need a Seat Belt?

Dogs don’t legally need a seat belt in most states. However, it’s still a good idea to buckle them in so that you’re not distracted while driving.

This will also keep them safe and secure if you have to brake suddenly or are in an accident.

Will Sprays Stop My Dog Biting the Seat Belt?

Sprays will not stop your dog biting the seat belt in most cases, and some dogs will actually be even more attracted. There are dog owners that report success spraying a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar on the seat belt, but we still wouldn’t recommend this option even if it works at deterring your dog.

Dogs have a strong sense of smell, and even if the scent does work to stop your dog from biting the seat belt, you’ll just be forcing them to sit close to a scent they hate during the entire car ride. Your dog bites the seat belt due to anxiety, so attempting to solve the issue in this way will just make their worries even more significant.

How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Chewing on the Seat Belt?

To stop your dog chewing on the seat belt:

  1. Ensure your dog has a quiet chew toy that won’t distract you.
  2. If possible, have someone sit with the dog to keep them calm. Dogs chew on seat belts due to anxiety and this will help keep their mind occupied.
  3. Desensitize your dog by taking them regularly to places they enjoy in the car like the park, rather than the vet.
  4. Keep the music down or off completely and talk softly to your dog to help relax them.

You may have seen information elsewhere about using a spray bottle to make a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar. While this will repel dogs, we do not recommend it. Your dog is chewing on the seat belt due to anxiety, and forcing them to sit very close to a smell they hate is only going to make their issues even worse.

To stop your dog from chewing on the seat belt, the only permanent solution is to address the underlying issue which is causing all of this in the first place: anxiety. And to do that properly, we need to quickly discuss what makes dogs tick.

You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and in every pack there is a pack leader. Well, when your dog experiences anxiety in situations that make them nervous, they are basically telling you that they don’t trust you in this role. If they did, they would stay calm knowing that you can handle the unknown.

But since they don’t fully trust you as their pack leader, your dog gets anxious at stressful times and seeks to soothe themselves by doing things like biting on the seat belt. They’re likely also showing it in many other undesirable ways at other times too.

The good news is, however, once you’ve proven to your dog that you are not just their pack leader — but a capable one that can handle everything — you’ll be able to free them of all that stress, anxiety, and worry they’ve been lugging around on their little shoulders 24/7.

And your dog will stop chewing on your seat belts and you’ll be able to end all of their other related misbehaviors too, of course!

Your dog will be better off, you’ll be better off — even your seat belts will be happy!

So everyone wins. Sounds like a great thing, right?

“Absolutely, but how am I supposed to make any of this happen?”

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 explains everything in ways that are very simple to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you can start seeing these important changes in your dog before things get any worse.

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t worry, because you’re not going to have to be mean or yell at your four-legged friend. Dan never uses those types of methods. Not just because it’s the right way to do things, but also because humane and loving teaching techniques are the fastest way to achieve permanent results with your dog.

I’m sure you’re ready to not stress out about what might happen to your property every time you take your dog in the car, so I’ll let you get started now. Best wishes with everything, and thank you for reading our article on how to stop your dog from biting the seat belt.