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How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing on Your Neckties

It’s happened again! Your dog chewed up your necktie! Why in the world would they do something like this? Why does your dog keep chewing on your neckties? Is your dog mad at you if they’re chewing on your neckties, or is something else going on? And will they grow out of it, or will they keep doing this until you find a way to stop it?

Today, we’re going to answer all of the questions you have about this frustrating problem. We’ll also cover the most important thing on your mind: how to stop your dog from chewing on your neckties once and for all! So let’s not delay any longer and get to giving you the solution you’re after in the article below!

How to Stop Dog From  Chewing on Neckties

How to Stop Your Dog From Chewing on Your Neckties

To stop your dog from chewing on neckties, give a calm but firm “no” or “stop” immediately when you catch them in the act. Resist the urge to get angry or yell or clap, as your dog is doing this out of anxiety and those will all only make things worse for them.

Next, put your dog into time-out in their crate or a closed-off room with no toys for about 10 minutes. Let them out, then redirect them to a proper outlet like a chew toy if they start sniffing around your ties again. When they choose their toy instead, reward them with pets, praise, and a small treat.

Your dog should quickly learn that not chewing on your neckties gets them rewarded while doing so gets them negative results.

You can deter your dog in the future by making a 50/50 mix of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to a cloth, then wipe your ties down with it. Diluted vinegar is safe for fabrics including silk, and is fine for both whites and colors. The smell will go away after about an hour once it’s dried, but your dog will still sense it and be repelled.

You should still make sure that you’re storing your ties somewhere that your dog can’t get to them, as the smell won’t deter all dogs. No matter how tired you are at the end of the day, don’t just take it off and toss your tie over a chair as you walk in the door. Also be sure that your dog is getting plenty of playtime, attention, and exercise.

But you’ll still need to address what was actually causing all of this in the first place: your dog’s anxiety. Failure to do so will just lead to your dog’s struggles growing and their destructive chewing continuing to show itself, only now it will just be on other items of yours.

To do that, we should first quickly go over what makes dogs function. You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader. When your dog experiences anxiety like this and then reacts through destructive chewing, they are clearly showing that they don’t fully trust you in this role.

If they did, they would stay calm knowing that you’ve got everything handled for the two of you, even when you’re not at home. They would only chew on things to relax and have fun, and would only do so on proper items like their toys. They would end 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’s got everything under control, and you can make all of these wonderful things happen.

You win. Your ties live a full, happy life. And your dog wins, because you’ll have freed them from carrying around all that stress and anxiety they’re currently lugging around 24/7.

Sounds terrific, doesn’t it?

“Of course, so how am I supposed to do this then?”

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, he’ll explain everything you need to know in ways that are very simple to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately 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 don’t stress out, because no, you’re not going to have to yell or be mean to your four-legged friend. Dan never uses those types of methods. He only uses loving teaching techniques, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because they’re the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.

Why Does My Dog Keep Chewing on My Neckties?

Your dog keeps chewing on your neckties because they’re experiencing anxiety, and the chewing releases endorphins which soothe them. Your necktie also has the added bonus of smelling like you. Though you may not smell anything on your ties, dogs have very acute senses of smell, so they can still detect your scent.

It’s also possible, though less likely, that your dog is chewing on your neckties because they’re teething (if under six months old), or just feeling bored.

Your dress clothes are expensive, and you need them for work and other important occasions, so obviously you don’t want your dog chewing on your neckties and ripping them to shreds. After all, the last thing you need is to be rushing to an important meeting or a wedding, only to find your dog chewed up your tie!

More important, though, is that when your dog is chewing your ties they’re showing you that they’re going through a lot of suffering and stress, which you obviously don’t want to continue.

Their problem is likely also showing itself at other times too. If your dog is chewing your ties, then I’m sure you can also find them chewing up your shoes, biting on your shoe laces, chewing on the belt of your pants, and biting on your cell phone. And if these things aren’t happening already, they could be happening soon.

To stop your dog from chewing on your neckties and your other important (and expensive) personal items, you should start correcting the problem right away by using behavioral training. You can go back to the first section now where we went over how to do that.

Is My Dog Mad at Me if They’re Chewing My Neckties?

Your dog is not mad at you if they’re chewing your neckties. Dogs do not engage in revenge chewing, even though it may seem like it at times. Your dog is just feeling anxious, and they likely chose your necktie to chew on because the fabric feels nice, and because it smells like you.

Make sure that your dog is getting plenty of exercise, and keep your ties stored where they can’t get to them. We went over a more permanent solution for correcting your dog’s destructive chewing in the first section of this article, which you can go back to now.

Will My Dog Grow Out of Chewing on My Neckties?

Your dog will not grow out of chewing on your neckties unless they’re a teething puppy under six months old. If your dog is older than this, then you can be certain that they will not age out of it, as this is a behavioral issue and not one for which they will simply get too old.

But even if your dog is chewing on your neckties because they’re teething, it’s not something that you can allow to continue. Giving them old ties to chew on, or doing nothing at all and just trying to wait things out, will give your puppy the impression that this type of destructive chewing is okay.

The behavior will then continue long past the teething stage and will be even harder to correct at that point as you’ll have taught them that it’s acceptable. Do not allow your dog to engage in destructive chewing of your ties or anything else, even if they’re still teething. You need to teach them now — regardless of age — how to seek proper outlets.

I’m sure you’re eager to quit finding your neckties covered in slobber or ripped to shreds, so I’ll let you get started now. Best of luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article on how to stop your dog from chewing on your neckties.