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How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing on Your Game Controllers

You want to relax and spend some time doing what you love, but you can’t because your dog chewed up your controllers! Why is your dog chewing your game controllers? What can you spray on your gaming controllers to stop your dog from chewing them? And is your dog going to outgrow this, or do you need to be more proactive about it?

Today, we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. And most importantly, we’ll tell you what you really want to know: how to stop your dog from chewing on your game controllers so that you’ll never have to worry about missing a gaming session ever again. So let’s not keep you waiting any longer. Keep reading below!

Why Is My Dog Chewing My Game Controllers?

How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing on Your Game Controllers

Your dog is chewing on your game controllers because they’re going through anxiety, and the chewing releases endorphins which soothe them. Your controller has the added bonus of smelling like you.

The hard plastic which your controller is made of — whether it’s PS5, Xbox, or Switch — contains hard plastic and soft rubber buttons. These both feel great and help ease your dog’s stress while they chew.

It’s also possible (though less likely) that your dog is chewing on your controllers because they’re teething (if under six months old) or just plain bored and wanting some attention.

Your game controllers are expensive, likely costing $60+. If they’re from a limited run, then it’s possible they cost you even more than that and would be difficult if not impossible to replace. And everyone has their favorite controller, so even if you’ve got a backup ready to go — you can’t allow this to continue any further.

If your dog is chewing up your game controllers, then they’re likely exhibiting their anxiety-related destructive chewing elsewhere too. If they’re not already, you’ll probably soon find your dog is chewing on your video games, chewing on your game console, or even chewing on your gaming mic.

To stop your dog from chewing on your gaming controllers and also end all of their other destructive chewing, you’ll need to do so through behavioral training. Skip to the last section now where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow to do that.

What to Spray on Video Game Controllers to Stop Dog Chewing

Spray a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar on video game controllers to stop dog chewing. Apply it to a cloth, then use this to wipe down your controller. It may have a slight smell, but this will go away once it’s dried in about an hour, but the scent will still be detectable by your dog and will deter most.

Distilled white vinegar is safe to use on electronics and won’t make your controller slippery, just keep it away from any screens. So if you’re cleaning your Switch controllers, separate them from the head unit that contains the screen for mobile play before cleaning.

The anxiety which is causing your dog to want to chew on your controllers will still remain, however, so they’ll likely just start looking for other things of yours to go after. Skip to the last section now where we’ll teach you how to address their issue at its root.

Do Dogs Outgrow Destructive Chewing on Gaming Controllers?

Dogs do not outgrow destructive chewing on gaming controllers. While they may be doing so due to teething (if they’re a puppy still under six months old), you can’t just give them an old controller and expect them to grow out of it. Your dog will learn it feels nice, and continue to do so even when they’re past the teething stage.

Remember that chewing releases endorphins for dogs, so even once your puppy has moved past the teething stage, they’ll still get enjoyment out of it. And obviously, if your dog is older than this then their problem is behavioral and not age-related, and they aren’t going to outgrow chewing on your video game controllers.

How to Stop Dog From Chewing on Game Controllers

To stop dog from chewing on game controllers:

  1. If you catch them sniffing around or chewing on your controller, immediately give a calm but firm “no” or “stop.”
  2. Do not yell or get angry. Your dog is chewing your controllers due to anxiety, and responding like this will only make things worse.
  3. Put them in time-out for about 10 minutes in their crate or a closed-off room with no toys.
  4. Let them out, then redirect them to a proper outlet like a chew toy.
  5. When they choose the toy rather than your controller, give them pets, praise, and a small treat.
  6. Make a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  7. Apply this mixture to a cloth.
  8. Wipe your controller down with the cloth.
  9. Wait an hour for your game controller to dry. The smell will go away (but will still deter most dogs) and it shouldn’t be slippery.
  10. Keep your controllers stowed away somewhere that your dog can’t get to them.
  11. Be sure that your dog is getting plenty of attention and exercise.
  12. Make sure that anyone else in the home is also following these steps.
  13. Be consistent and patient.

This should get your dog to stop chewing on your controllers, but you’ll still need to address what was causing all of this in the first place: their anxiety. Not doing so will just lead to the problem continuing, your dog will just find new things of yours to chew on. And you can’t be spraying down everything in your house constantly, of course.

And to discuss how to attack this problem at its root, we need to first quickly talk about what makes dogs tick. You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.

When your dog feels anxiety and then responds by destroying your game controllers or engaging in other destructive chewing, they are clearly telling you that they don’t fully trust you in this role.

If they did, they would stay calm and wouldn’t get anxious, because they would trust that you’ve got everything handled for the two of you, even when you’ve left the house. They would only chew on things for fun, and only things that are allowed like their toys. They would stop all other anxiety-related misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times, and do so happily.

Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable one who can handle the job, and you’ll make all of these great things happen.

You’ll notch another win because your stuff will stop being destroyed and you won’t miss any more gaming sessions with your teammates. But it will be a great team victory, because your dog will win too, as you’ll have freed them of all that stress and worry that they’re currently lugging around on their little shoulders 24/7.

Sounds awesome, right?

“Yeah, of course, so how do I do 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 his series, Dan explains 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 important changes in your dog before you miss another game.

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. 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.

I’m sure you’re ready to get back to gaming without worrying about finding your controllers destroyed or covered in slobber, 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 your game controllers.