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How to Stop My Dog From Chewing on My Laptop Bag

You’re just about to head out to work or school when you realize it’s happened again: your dog chewed up your laptop bag! Why does your dog keep chewing on your laptop bag? Is your dog mad at you if they’re chewing on your laptop bag? Does vinegar keep dogs from chewing on laptop bags, or is there something else you need to do?

Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this frustrating problem. And we’ll obviously cover what you’re most interested in: how to stop your dog from chewing on your laptop bag for good. Soon, you’ll be able to head out without worrying if your bag’s been destroyed again. Keep reading for our article “How to Stop My Dog From Chewing on My Laptop Bag.”

Why Does My Dog Keep Chewing on My Laptop Bag?

How to Stop My Dog From Chewing on My Laptop Bag

Your dog keeps chewing on your laptop bag because they’re experiencing anxiety, and chewing helps to soothe them. It also has the added bonus of smelling like you, which also comforts them. Many dogs also particularly enjoy the soft fabrics many laptop bags are made of, such as leather, which makes it a more attractive option than many of your other items.

Simple boredom or teething (if your dog is under six months old still) are also possible, though less likely. Be sure that your dog has a proper outlet for their chewing, like a quiet toy, and keep your laptop bag stowed away where your dog can’t get to it, and not on the floor or slung over a chair.

Obviously, your laptop bag is needed for toting your computer and other items around and was probably expensive, so you can’t allow this to continue. It likely also contains paperwork you need for school or work, which could easily get destroyed too if your dog really does some damage.

But you need to treat this problem at its root, or your dog will just find other similar items of yours to chew, bite, and gnaw on. You’ll find your dog is chewing your external keyboard, chewing your mouse, and maybe even chewing up your laptop itself. And they’ll be doing this all because they’re suffering, which you of course don’t want continuing either.

To address the underlying issue and stop your dog from chewing your laptop bag and other items once and for all, skip to the last section now where we’ll give you the exact steps you need to follow.

Does Vinegar Keep Dogs From Chewing on Laptop Bags?

Vinegar does keep dogs from chewing on laptop bags. Make a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle, apply it to a cloth, then use it to wipe down your bag and its carrying strap. Vinegar is safe to use on leather laptop bags but could dry it out, so you should use a leather conditioner after.

Any smell will go away after about an hour once the mixture has dried. Your dog, however, will still be repelled as they have a very acute sense of smell. The root cause of their problem will remain, though, so you need to address this or they’ll just find something else of yours to destructively chew. Skip to the last section now where we’ll tell you how to do that.

Is My Dog Mad at Me if They’re Chewing on My Laptop Bag?

Your dog is not mad at you if they’re chewing on your laptop bag. Dogs do not revenge chew. They’re experiencing a subset of anxiety known as separation anxiety, which makes them very nervous when you’re not around or might be leaving. Your laptop bag is just a nice outlet because it’s soft and nice to chew on (which releases endorphins) and smells like you (which comforts them).

How to Stop Dog Chewing on Laptop Bag

To stop dog chewing on laptop bag:

  1. Keep your laptop bag stowed where you’re dog can’t get to it, like a closed closet.
  2. If you catch your dog sniffing around it, immediately give a calm but firm “no” or “stop.”
  3. Do not yell, clap, or get angry. Your dog chews your laptop bag due to anxiety, and these reactions will only make their problem worse.
  4. Place your dog into time-out in their crate or a closed-off room with no toys for 10 minutes.
  5. Let your dog out, then redirect them to a proper outlet, like a quiet toy.
  6. When they choose the toy, immediately give them pets, praise, and a small treat.
  7. Make a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  8. Apply the mixture to a cloth.
  9. Wipe down your laptop bag and its shoulder strap.
  10. Allow the bag to dry for about an hour and the smell will go away. Your dog will continue to be able to smell it and will be deterred.
  11. If your laptop bag is made of leather, treat it with a leather conditioner after as the vinegar can dry it out a bit.
  12. Ensure that anyone else in the home with a laptop bag is also following these steps.
  13. Be patient and consistent.

This should get your dog to stop chewing your laptop bag, but remember that their underlying issue of anxiety will remain. And if that is left unaddressed, your dog will just start destructively chewing other items of yours, and obviously, you can’t be spraying down every single thing that you own.

So to get to the root of your dog’s problem, we need to first quickly go over what makes dogs tick. I’m sure 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 anxiety (whether you’re not around or not) and then responds through destructive behaviors like chewing up your laptop bag, they are definitively telling you that they don’t respect you in this role.

If they did, they wouldn’t get stressed or worried, regardless of if you’re home or not. They would not chew up your laptop bag or any other items. They would still chew to relax and have fun, but only items which they’re allowed, like their toys. They would stop any other anxiety-related misbehavior. And they would obey your commands — happily — at all times.

You’ll no longer have to worry about your laptop bag or other expensive items getting destroyed, but your dog will be the real winner here because you’ll have freed them from all the stress and anxiety that they’re currently saddled with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sounds terrific, right?

“Yeah, absolutely, but how do I 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 simple to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you’ll start seeing these critical changes in your dog before their problem gets any worse.

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t stress or get worried, because no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving teaching 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.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to not worrying about finding your laptop bag chewed up or covered in slobber anymore, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Best wishes, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop My Dog From Chewing on My Laptop Bag.”