How to Stop My Dog From Biting Tires
It’s frustrating and just seems to make no sense at all: your dog keeps biting tires. What in the world is going on here? Why do dogs go after tires? Can your dog get hurt biting tires? And is this just a puppy thing that your dog will eventually grow out of when they’re older?
Well, today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you, and most importantly, we’ll tell you how to stop this behavior for good! I’m sure you’re eager to not have to worry about this anymore, so let’s not delay any longer and get to our article “How to Stop My Dog From Biting Tires.”
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How to Stop Your Dog From Biting Tires
To stop your dog from biting tires, you should desensitize them. Put your dog on their leash, then take them out by their favorite tire to chew on. When they try to bite on their tire, give them a calm but firm “no” and keep redirecting them. Anytime their attention breaks from the tire, praise them and give them pets. When they do particularly well, give them a treat.
With time, patience, and consistency, your dog should learn that ignoring tires is the much more attractive option. You should also ensure that your dog has a proper outlet for their chewing to play with during other times.
You’ll still need to address their dominant behavior right away, however. Remember that we discussed earlier how your dog biting tires is an indication of territorial behavior, which is a display of dominance. Well, when your dog feels the need to be this way around you, they are definitively telling you that they view themselves as the leader of the family pack.
If they didn’t, they wouldn’t feel the need to bite tires and engage in other territorial actions. They wouldn’t act dominant around you or at other times. And they would listen to you and obey your commands at all times, and do so happily.
But once you’ve proven to your dog that you are not just their pack leader — but a capable one who they must respect — your dog will stop biting tires. They’ll stop all of the dominance-related behavioral issues you’re likely having, or will be soon. And they’ll finally be the obedient and loving dog of your dreams!
That all sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
“Yeah, sure, but how do I do any of this?”
You should watch an excellent free video series which is on this exact subject (how to be your dog’s pack leader) by a renowned trainer named Dan. In his series, he’ll teach you 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’ll start seeing these critical changes in your dog before things get 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 to your four-legged friend. You won’t win your dog over by “out-dominating” them. Dan uses only 100% loving methods at all times because it’s the right thing to do, and it’s the fastest way to achieve permanent results with your dog.
Why Do Dogs Go After Tires?
Dogs go after tires because they’re territorial. Dogs bite tires and do other things like pee on them because they’re marking. Dogs have an acute sense of smell, so even something that you wouldn’t think would carry someone’s scent (like tires) does. Dogs chew on tires of both their owners and other people who have come by to warn others this is their territory.
When dogs are marking territory like this — whether it’s by biting on tires, peeing on them, or through other means — it is a display of dominance. This is not something you want to be encouraging or allowing in your dog.
Dogs are pack animals, and in every pack there is a pack leader. When a dog sees themselves as dominant, they see themselves at the top of this hierarchy. That means they believe that they are in charge of everyone — including you.
This could display itself in many ways that are much more negative than your dog biting tires. You could also see your dog being dominant and aggressive towards other dogs, or other people in the home like your husband or your roommate. Your dog being aggressive towards neighbors is something you would also need to be on the lookout for.
Clearly, none of these are things you want happening, so it’s important that you stop your dog from biting tires, and all of the problems that come along with their dominance and territoriality, right away. Failure to do so could lead to much more significant and dangerous issues for you to deal with in the very near future.
To do so, you would use behavioral training. You can go back to the first section now where we went over how to do that.
Can My Dog Get Hurt Biting Tires?
Your dog can get hurt biting tires, though it’s unlikely. Dogs have very strong teeth and jaws that are capable of breaking through bones, so you probably don’t have to worry that they’ll have issues with a tire.
Still, you don’t want your dog to be encouraged to spend time so close to cars, as they could get hurt for all kinds of reasons by being in the near vicinity.
Will My Dog Grow Out Of Biting Tires?
Your dog will not grow out of biting tires, unless they’re a puppy under six months old and still teething. But even in that case, there’s a good chance it would become a learned behavior and that it would continue into adulthood. If your dog is biting tires and already older than this, then they definitely are not going to age out of it.
I’m sure you’re ready to quit worrying about your dog chewing on tires all the time, so I’ll let you get started now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for reading our article “How to Stop My Dog From Biting Tires.”