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In dogs, chewing is a common behavior. In many cases, it's also a perfectly normal one. Puppies, for example, are heavy chewers in part because that is one way in which they are learning about their environment and the things in it, not to mention that chewing can help relieve pain from teething. In adult dogs, chewing can be an instinct to keep teeth clean and the jaw strong. What's more, in dogs both young and old, chewing can help relieve boredom or anxiety. This can explain why your pup might go search out one of their chew bones on a rainy day with few walks, for example, or after their human playmates go back to school. This being said, as I'm sure most of you know, destructive chewing is a red flag. If your pup is using his or her teeth on anything and everything, from shoes to furniture, that can be a very distinctive sign of excessive boredom or anxiety, such as separation anxiety. If you are noticing this destructive behavior in your dog, especially if well out of puppyhood, analyze their activity level and take into consideration the number of walks they get each day, and how often they are receiving attention or play time with their favorite peeps, or how long they are home alone each day. If a main culprit is pinpointed, try to address it so that the destructive chewing behavior can be eliminated. Of course, don't forget that your vet as well as animal behaviorists are out there to help you if need be.