Like other dogs, it is not uncommon for a cockapoo to pay a lot of attention to his or her body. Self-grooming and licking, chewing or gnawing at itches, mats and knots in their coat is all normal behaviour. What if you notice your cockapoo regularly chewing at its paws? It could be a sign of something seriously wrong with your dog. Often, finding the root cause of the chewing and resolving it will stop your dog from wanting to chew at its paws.
Even if a specific trigger does not cause it, it could start a problematic habit that will be hard to stop the longer they are allowed to do it without having it checked out. To help you understand what you could be dealing with, in the following post, we will look at the most common reasons why cockapoos and other dogs chew at their paws.
Most Common Reasons
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Like so many unwanted behaviours, your dog regularly chewing at their paws could signify that they are stressed. The problem with stress being the cause is that it is an umbrella term that can describe a variety of manifestations and ways your dog could act.
However, if there has been a lot of upheaval or major changes in your house or things have been happening that your dog finds upsetting or confusing, they start chewing and licking at their paws. Stress could be the cause. Has a new family member, either a baby or another dog or animal, come along? Has a lot of decorating, renovating, or rearranging work gone on? Or maybe you have moved to a new home? These stressors could be the root of your cockapoo’s unwanted biting and chewing.
Cockapoos, as a lively and energetic breed, need a lot of stimulation throughout the day. If they don’t get that stimulation, they can react in various ways to boredom. Chewing or biting at a specific part of their skin, on their paws, for instance, is common. Think of it as being similar to humans who chew the skin around their nails or bite their nails.
Is your dog ever left on his or her own for an extended time? Do you interact and provide your dog with plenty to see and do to ensure they are getting enough mental and physical stimulation? If not, this could be the root cause of their unwanted chewing.
Pain or Injuries
When your cockapoo has injured themselves or hurt themselves by getting a minor sprain or overextending themselves, or their legs are hurting in other ways, it’s not always obvious. There is not always a physical, noticeable indication of a problem. Your dog, though, will still be experiencing the pain and discomfort, which can lead to him or her limping, resting on their foot a bit more than usual, or even licking and chewing at the aching area.
If your cockapoo has something stuck in its paw, like a thorn in the paw pad or some other kind of foreign body, this can be annoying and painful for your four-legged buddy. When you see your dog chewing excessively and constantly biting at their foot, it’s a good idea to look and see if you can spot anything. You must realise you cannot spot anything by just looking. Thorns can make their way inside the paw pad with only a tiny section or nothing visible.
Therefore, if you think your cockapoo may have some foreign body stuck in its paw, it’s a good idea to go to your vet to have him or her checked out.
When cockapoos and other dogs have a large flea infestation, this can cause parts of their body to be irritated and itchy. If they then develop a sensitivity to flea bites, each subsequent bite by the little blighters will be painful and annoying for your dog. So, when you next see your dog incessantly chewing at its paws, you should consider ruling out a flea infestation as the cause before looking at other potential causes.
Your cockapoo can develop allergies caused by various triggers like food, environmental toxins and lots more. These can lead to your dog developing various symptoms, such as irritated or itchy skin, digestive upsets, and other hay fever-like symptoms.
If your cockapoo has a low-level allergy to something, he or she may only have very slight and mild symptoms that may go undetected for some time. Therefore, it’s essential to keep a close eye on your cockapoo and learn what normal behaviour for him or her is. If you find that your dog is chewing a lot at their feet, it could be its way of coping with the irritation caused by allergies. The best solution is to take him or her to the vet, who can run tests for allergies and provide suitable medication or recommend treatment to deal with them.
When dogs develop unhealthy habits like persistent chewing at their paws, it can be very stressful and upsetting for us owners. It is important not to panic or get angry or frustrated with your pup. Remember, they may feel distressed, have an invisible injury or allergies or just be bored. Whatever the reason for them doing it is not just to be naughty and give you stress.
Try to identify the cause using the guide above as a starting point. If you are stumped or have found the root cause but can’t resolve it, it’s time to go to the vet. Your vet will be able to assess your cockapoo, help with the treatment of the root cause, and provide assistance and recommendations to help your cockapoo get out of its unhealthy habit.
Mike is the proud owner of a 7-year-old Cockapoo named Luna. He loves to share stories, tips and information about owning a Cockapoo. With over7 years of experience as an owner, Mike is passionate about helping others own and care for their dog.
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