How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing on the Belt of Your Pants
If it keeps happening you’re not going to be able to keep your pants up! Your dog is chewing on the belt of your pants, but why is that? Why does your dog chew the belt of your pants? Can eating your leather belt hurt your dog? Are they ever going to grow out of this, or do you need to be proactively doing something?
Well, worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions. We’ll also cover the most important thing on your mind: how to stop your dog from chewing on the belt of your pants for good! I’m sure you’re eager to put this all behind you, so let’s not delay any longer and get to covering everything below. Keep reading!
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How to Stop Dog Chewing on the Belt of Your Pants
To stop dog chewing on the belt of your pants:
- If you catch them in the act, immediately give a calm but firm “no” or “stop.”
- Do not yell, clap, or get angry. Your dog is doing this due to anxiety, and these reactions will only make their problem worse.
- Put your dog into time-out for 10 minutes in their crate or a closed-off room with no toys.
- Let them out, then redirect them to a toy if they start sniffing around your belts again.
- When they choose a proper outlet like a toy for their chewing, reward them with pets, praise, and a small treat.
- Make a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Apply the mixture to a cloth, then wipe your belt with it.
- The smell will go away once it’s dried in about an hour, but your dog will still be able to detect it and most will be deterred.
- If your belt is leather, vinegar can dry it out, so you should use a leather conditioner after.
- Make sure your dog is getting plenty of playtime and exercise.
- Keep your belts stored away where your dog can’t get to them.
- Ensure that anyone else in the home is also following these steps so that your dog is getting consistent feedback.
- Be patient and consistent.
Still, you’ll need to address what was causing your dog’s destructive chewing on your belts in the first place, which is their anxiety. Failing to do that will just lead to your dog chewing on other things instead, and they’ll continue to suffer through all of the stress and anxiety which is currently bothering them.
And to do that, we first need to talk about what makes dogs function. You’ve likely heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader. When your dog responds to anxiety by destroying things like your belt and engages in other stress-related misbehavior, they are definitively telling you that they don’t fully trust you in this role.
If they did, they would stay calm at all times, knowing that you can handle everything for the two of you, even when you’re gone. They would only seek to chew on things that they’re allowed to, and would only be doing so to relax and have fun. And they would obey your commands — happily — and do so at all times.
Once you’ve proven to your dog that you are not just their pack leader — but a capable and effective one — you’ll be able to make all of these things a reality.
You’ll win for obvious reasons, but your dog will too — because you’ll have freed them of all that stress and anxiety that they’re currently lugging around on their little shoulders 24/7.
Sounds like a wonderful thing for everyone, right?
“Absolutely, but how am I supposed to do this?”
You should watch an excellent free video series on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In his series, he explains everything 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 crucial changes in your dog before your problem gets any worse.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your four-legged friend. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving training methods at all times. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.
Why Does My Dog Chew the Belt of My Pants?
Your dog chews the belt of your pants because they’re experiencing anxiety, and the chewing helps to soothe them by releasing endorphins. Your belt also helps them because it smells like you. While you may smell nothing or just the leather, your dog has a very acute sense of smell and can definitely detect your scent.
Other possibilities, though they’re less likely, are that your dog is chewing on your belt because they’re teething (if under six months old) or they’re just bored and this is fun for them.
But obviously, you need your belts and they’re probably expensive, so you can’t just brush the behavior off. You certainly don’t want to be on your way to work or heading out for dinner, only to find that you’ve got no way to keep your pants up because your dog destroyed your belt.
The more important issue, however, is that your dog is suffering. Anxiety and stress are likely weighing on your dog throughout long stretches of the day, and you don’t want to continue letting them go through those awful feelings.
It’s almost certain that they’re displaying their destructive chewing on other items of yours as well, and if not, they will be soon. You’ll find your dog is chewing up your neckties, chewing up your shoes, chewing on your shoe laces, and maybe even chewing your phone.
To stop your dog from chewing on the belt of your pants and the other things you need, you should help them through their problem by using behavioral training right away. Go back to the first section now where we’ll teach you the steps you need to follow to do that.
Can My Dog Get Hurt if They Eat the Leather Belt of My Pants?
Dogs can get hurt if they eat the leather belt of your pants. While dogs may eat leather all the time (especially when teething), they can easily rip off a small piece which could lead to an obstruction in their digestive tract. This would be very painful, and possibly even fatal to your dog.
For obvious reasons, then, you should not allow your dog to chew on leather belts or other leather items. While you may have had no issues in the past, that doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. And you certainly don’t want to learn this lesson in the worst way possible.
Will My Dog Grow Out of Chewing on the Belt of My Pants?
Your dog will not grow out of chewing on the belt of your pants. While they may be doing so due to teething (if under six months old) which they will grow out of, you’ll just be teaching them that the behavior is okay. Dogs enjoy chewing on things, so there’s no reason that your dog will then just stop once they’re older.
If your dog is already more than six months old, then obviously they will also not grow out of this behavior. The only way to end it for good — regardless of your dog’s age — is through behavioral training. We covered how you can do that in the first section of this article.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to not having your belts getting destroyed anymore, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article on how to stop your dog from chewing on the belt of your pants.