Post # 1
We’ve had our dog for 6 weeks. She’s an adult Rott mix about 4 years old. When we first brought her home, we had no destruction/chewing type issues. Now, for the first time, she’s chewed something for two days in a row.
The first time was a couple nights ago. We left her at home at night by herself for about an hour and she took her microfiber towel that we use to dry her off whne it rains and we found it on her bed with two holes in it.
Last night, I left her alone for 15 minutes, and she took the reusable grocery bag I had just brought home and tore off a handle.
I found it odd that she’s doing this all of a sudden. We have her around other things that she hasn’t touched or didn’t seem the slightest interest in.
We walk her at a minimum of 1.5 hours a day (45 mins in the morning, 45 mins at night, along with a bonus 3rd walk most days). And do at least 10 minutes of fetch/play in the back yard.
She seems to be fine during the day when we are at work – and these incidents have all happened in the evening (although, the one last night it was still light outside – dusk). I also don’t get why she targeted those items vs the other stuff that was available (like our outdoor shoes that have been lying around).
In any case, now that she is showing signs of this, we moved everything we could think of that was within her reach or might seem like a good thing to tear up… but I’m wondering if there’s something else I can do? Or, is this just ‘bored’ / normal dog behavior? How do you stop this from happening (she has chew toys she barely pays attention too and had just been fed (at least for the incident last night).
Post # 3
I highly reccomend crating her when you can’t supervise her. If I left my boy out, everything in the house would be totalled, and hes really good 😉
They have a natural drive to “Shred” and chew, so she may be bored and just looking for something to satisfy that with.
If you can find somethign she can have to chew ( a stick outside, a peice of cardboard, bone etc etc ) and reward her for playing with those things and always have them available.
Honestly, unless you can put her back on leash and use commands when you catch her with something she shouldn’t have, its best to crate her!
Post # 4
@Eva Peron: do you think it’s strange she’s showing signs of this now vs. not showing it for the last 6 weeks? I’m wondering if it was a fluke (because she was interested in the things I left those things within her reach) or if I’m in for an interesting few days. 🙂
The good thing is she’s limited to what’s in the kitchen (we have a gate that blocks her from the rest of the house)…
Thanks for the crate idea 🙂 hadn’t thought of that (or own a crate… yet!) 🙂
Post # 5
@oracle: I think its normal. The first few weeks the dog is learning about the surroundings, the rank and file of the pack and how things are run. Luckily for dogs they can live and let go so if they do start showing you a habit you haven’t seen ( like barking at other dogs etc etc) it is workable. Dogs are also opportunists, so my guess is she will see what she can get if shes bored 🙂
lol isn’t it amazing what they can find in a limited space 😉 Heres an embarrassing and horrifying chewing story. We had guests over, and after they left I let the dog out to stretch, get water and get ready for a walk . Well he got into the bathroom wastebasket and got a tampon! Ahhhh ! Yah , moral of our story is he has to be watched all the time lol. For you luckily your girl is older so shes probably more chill. My guy is young and full of it! lol
Post # 6
The best thing we have found if we leave the pups uncrated while we are one is to give them PLENLTY of things to chew on. Our still magane to find paper to destroy… it is their secret pleasure they can only “get away with” while they are unattended. Otherwise, they are penned up and don’t have the option to destroy anything.
Post # 7
I think it’s normal for it to start after 6 weeks because the dog is probably settling in and getting comfortable. We had some similar incidents. We still do not crate her during the day because 95% of the time she is fine. We try to reduce the chewing by remembering to put things away. She has gnawed at the baseboards a couple of times. I think over time too she has learned that we don’t appreciate her chewing shoes. Now if it’s a random object she’s never seen before, it’s definitely going to get chewed. I feel like either that’s her way of processing it, or she thinks we brought her home a new toy.
I donated blood the other day and removed the bandage later that night. I wrapped it all up in itself but I guess I forgot to throw it out and just set it down somewhere…well my husband found her chewing it in the morning! Gross! Haha.