BitingSeparation Anxiety

How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing on Your Keyboard

You need to get some work done, but you can’t because your dog chewed up your keyboard again! These things are expensive and you can’t keep replacing them! Why does your dog chew on your keyboard? What smells will stop your dog from chewing on your keyboard? Is it safe for your dog to chew on your keyboard, or could they get hurt?

Wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. Most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop your dog from chewing on your keyboard so that you never have to experience this frustration again. So without further ado, let’s get to the information you came here for in the article below!

Why Does My Dog Chew on My Keyboard?

How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing on Your Keyboard

Your dog chews on your keyboard because they’re experiencing anxiety, and chewing on your keyboard releases endorphins that soothe them. Your keyboard also strongly carries your scent from you typing on it all the time (dogs have a very acute sense of smell) which also comforts your dog.

And though it’s less likely, your dog could be chewing on your keyboard simply due to boredom. Many will find the combination of the hard plastic and the smushy keys pleasurable. Teething is also a possibility if your dog is still under six months old.

Obviously, though, you can’t let this continue because you need your computer keyboard to get work done, play games, and browse the internet. And it’s expensive too, regardless of whether it’s a mechanical keyboard or a regular one. In addition, not addressing things right away will give your dog the impression that the behavior is not only okay, but possibly even encouraged.

It won’t be long before your dog is chewing on your computer mouse, chewing on your laptop, chewing on your laptop bag, and maybe chewing on your gaming console. They could even be engaging in these other types of destructive chewing already.

To stop your dog from chewing on your keyboard and these other types of anxiety-related biting, nipping, and gnawing, skip to the last section now where we’ll give you the exact steps you need to be following.

What Smells Will Stop My Dog From Chewing on My Keyboard?

Vinegar is a smell that will stop your dog from chewing on your keyboard. Make a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply it to a cloth, then use it to carefully wipe down the plastic parts of your keyboard and its wire (check for breakage first). Avoid any screens, displays, or lights that may be on your keyboard.

The smell will go away after about an hour once the vinegar mixture has dried, but your dog will still be able to detect the scent and should be repelled. This will only stop your dog chewing on your keyboard, however, so you need to address their problem at its root because you can’t be spraying down everything you own. Skip to the last section now where we’ll tell you how.

Is It Safe for My Dog to Chew on My Keyboard?

It is not safe for your dog to chew on your keyboard. Your dog could swallow a keycap, leading to them choking or having an intestinal blockage. They could break off plastic slivers, which could also cause choking or painful digestional problems. They could chew on your keyboard’s wire, break the insulation, and then shock or even kill themselves.

While most of these would be unlikely, you can’t be too careful when your dog’s health is concerned. I’m sure you’re ready to stop your dog chewing on your keyboard regardless, but the possible health hazards for your dog should make it even more of a priority.

How to Stop Your Dog Chewing on Your Keyboard

To stop your dog chewing on your keyboard:

  1. Store your keyboard where your dog can’t get to it when not in use.
  2. If you notice your dog sniffing around or chewing your keyboard, immediately give a calm but firm “no” or “stop.”
  3. Do not clap, yell, or get angry. Your dog is chewing your keyboard due to anxiety most likely, and this will only make their issue worse.
  4. Put your dog into time-out for 10 minutes in their crate or a closed-off room with no toys.
  5. Let them out, then redirect them to a proper outlet for their chewing, like a quiet toy.
  6. Reward them with pets, praise, and a small treat when they choose their chew toy instead.
  7. Make a 50/50 mix of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  8. Apply the mixture to a cloth.
  9. Use the cloth to wipe down the plastic areas of your keyboard and its wire if it has one (check for breakage on the wire first).
  10. Do not wipe down any screens, LEDs, or lights on your keyboard.
  11. The smell will be undetectable for you after about an hour (once it’s dried), but your dog will still be able to detect the scent and will continue to be deterred.
  12. Ensure that anyone else in the home is also following these steps when using your computer keyboard or their own.
  13. Be patient and consistent.

This should get your dog to stop chewing your keyboard, but remember that if you merely treat this symptom and not the problem at its root, their destructive chewing will continue and just move elsewhere. To end this for good you need to address the underlying issue, which is your dog’s anxiety.

And to do that, we should first talk about what makes dogs tick to begin with. I’m sure you’ve heard before that dogs are pack animals and that in every pack there is a pack leader.

But when your dog experiences stress and anxiety and then responds with destructive behaviors like chewing on your computer keyboard, they are clearly telling you that they don’t respect your ability to handle this job.

If they did, they would stay calm and not get anxious or worried, regardless of whether you’re at home or if they’re by themselves. They would not engage in any other types of anxiety-related misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times, and so happily.

You’d win because you’d no longer have to worry about not being able to use your computer because your dog chewed up your keyboard. But your dog would be the even bigger winner because you’d have freed them from all of the stress and anxiety that they’re currently saddled with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You’ll be happier, they’ll be happier. Everyone wins. Sounds great, right?

“Of course, but how am I supposed to do any of this stuff?”

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 you need to know in ways that are very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you can start seeing these changes in your dog before things get 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 little buddy. 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 sit down and use your computer keyboard without finding it’s been chewed to pieces, 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 chewing on your keyboard.