How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing on Your Gaming Microphone
You need it to communicate with your teammates. The people who have become some of your best friends in the world, even if they live on the other side of it. But you can’t because your dog chewed up your gaming mic! Why does your dog keep chewing your gaming mic? Is your dog mad if they’re chewing your gaming microphone? What smells will deter them?
Today, we’re going to answer all of these questions about this frustrating destructive chewing problem from your dog. And we’ll obviously cover the most important thing on your mind: how to stop your dog from chewing on your gaming microphone for good! So let’s not delay any longer. Keep reading below!
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Why Does My Dog Keep Chewing My Gaming Mic?
Your dog keeps chewing your gaming mic because they’re experiencing anxiety and chewing on things releases endorphins that soothe them. Your gaming microphone also has the added bonus of smelling like you, and being made of a nice soft, chewy texture.
It’s also possible, though not as likely, that your dog is chewing on your gaming mic because they’re teething (if under six months old), or because they’re just bored and looking for something fun to do.
But you, of course, need your gaming mic so that you can communicate with your teammates, record speedruns, or stream your games, and it was probably very expensive too. So obviously, it’s important that you get this problem handled now before you find that your dog has torn up your gaming microphone completely, or just to the point of rendering it useless.
It’s likely if your dog is chewing on your gaming microphone that they’re also going after other similar items of yours. Is your dog also chewing on your gaming controllers, chewing on your consoles, or going after and chewing up your game cases? If they’re not already, there’s a very good chance they will be soon.
To stop your dog from chewing on your gaming mic and your other expensive and much-needed gaming gear, you need to begin behavioral training with your dog right away. Skip to the last section now and we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.
Is My Dog Mad if They’re Chewing My Gaming Microphone?
Your dog is not mad if they’re chewing on your gaming microphone. Dogs do not engage in revenge chewing or other behavior to “get back at you.” They are destructively chewing on your things because they’re experiencing anxiety and chewing on your mic and other things relaxes them by releasing endorphins. They also smell like you, which is another bonus.
In addition to beginning behavioral training (skip to the last section now), you should ensure that your dog is getting plenty of playtime, exercise, and attention. Also, make sure that you’re keeping your most treasured and expensive gaming items out of reach from your dog while you work on correcting their issues through training.
What Smells Will Deter a Dog From Chewing Your Gaming Mic?
Vinegar is a smell that will deter a dog from chewing your gaming mic. Make a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle, then apply it to a cloth. Use the cloth to wipe down the plastic parts of your microphone, such as the stand and the arm.
The smell will go away once it’s dried in about an hour, but the scent will deter your dog. Dogs have a very acute sense of smell and they’ll still be able to tell it’s there long after the scent has become undetectable to you.
How to Stop Dog From Chewing on Your Gaming Microphone
To stop your dog from chewing on your gaming microphone, immediately give them a calm but firm “no” or “stop” if you catch them in the act or sniffing around it. Do not yell, clap, or get angry, as your dog is doing this due to anxiety and those reactions will only make their problem even worse.
Put your dog into time-out for about 10 minutes in a closed-off room with no toys, or in their crate. Let them out, then redirect them to a proper outlet like a chew toy if they again start showing interest in your gaming microphone. If they choose the toy instead, reward them immediately with pets, praise, and a small treat.
You can then make a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle, and apply this to a cloth. Use the cloth to wipe down the plastic parts of your gaming mic. The smell will deter most dogs, but you won’t be able to detect it after about an hour (once it has dried completely).
Be sure that your dog is getting plenty of walks and attention, and do your best to store your gaming mic somewhere that your dog won’t be able to get to it. Make sure that anyone else in the home, or who comes over to game, is also following these steps. Be patient and consistent.
This should get your dog to stop chewing up your gaming microphone, but you’ll still need to address their problem at its root (their anxiety), or they’ll just find something different to destructively chew. And to do that, we need to first go over what makes dogs function and has for thousands and thousands of years now.
You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader. But when your dog experiences stress and reacts through the destructive chewing of your things — whether it be your gaming mic or other items — they are clearly showing that they don’t trust you in this role.
If they did, your dog would not get anxious and chew on your mic or other gaming items, even when you’re not around. They would only chew on things for fun, and those that they’re allowed to, like their toys. They would not engage in any other stress-related misbehavior. And they obey your commands at all times, and do so happily.
Prove to your dog that you are not just in charge, but a capable and fully effective pack leader, and you’ll make all of these things happen.
You’ll win for obvious reasons, but so will your dog, because you’ll have freed them from the burden that all of that stress and anxiety is currently putting on them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
So it’s a win-win, right?
“Of course, but how do I do this then?”
You should watch an excellent free video series on this very subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In his series, he explains everything you need to know 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 crucial changes in your dog before their problem gets 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. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving methods at all times. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s the fastest way to accomplish this important change in your dog’s behavior.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to gaming with your teammates or viewers without worrying if your mic will be ready for the job, so I’ll let you begin now. Best wishes with everything, and thank you for reading our article on how to stop your dog from chewing on your gaming microphone.