My Dog Keeps Chewing the Tree

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@megz06:   What toys does he have inside?  Are there any inside he could gnaw on?  Would you be able to add fiber to his diet?  Maybe green beans – to make him feel more full – without affecting his seizures?  

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

In my experience dogs don’t go eat random things because they’re hungry, more because they are bored. What about regular walks, is he getting those?

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I think it’s less of a hunger issue and more of a “need to chew” issue. I have a lab that has scalpels for teeth so we’ve had a lot of issues keeping toys in the house that he can actually chew on since he obliterates them. Back home (Where we had trees) We’d give him cut down branches. He’d gnaw the hell out of them and be a happy camper — Perhaps an option for you? Cut a couple branches to size, strip the bark and let them dry out (Could take a couple weeks) and let him go to town on them?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@megz06:  Is it possible that you could spray the bitter spray on the tree? I’ve heard that it can deter dogs from chewing on wood. 

Also, you could try upping it like 1/2 a cup or so? That might satisfy him a little more! I understand being hesitant about messing with his food at all! My dog has a sensitive stomach and needs a very specific brand alongside probiotics. So I totally get it! I feed my dog who is 50 pounds 3 cups a day and that maintains a healthy weight. She acts as if she doesn’t ever get fed though each time we feed her! 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@megz06:  In big dog land, 8 months is heading in to teenager territory, they start to fill out, they start to get a little attitude on them and they start doing weird shit…like chewing on trees….it could be he’s chewing on it because its there and he’s there and that’s what dogs do sometimes..it’s not always a message or a symptom of some problem…it could just be doggie teenaged bullshit.

I’ve never been a big advocate of controlled feeding, the dog knows how much and when it wants to eat, so all I could tell you, is when we had three dogs over 80lbs in our house, we went through 50lbs of food every two weeks in the winter…a little less in the summer.  If he’s acting like he’s hungry, I would feed him though, since it can trigger anxiety responses in any dog to feel like they aren’t getting enough to eat….which may be where the chewing comes in, it calms them down.

If he’s gotten as big as he’s going to get height wise, its time to start adding muscle to that frame, that takes food and a lot of it, once again, the dogs knows what it needs, but communicating that isn’t always so easy.  He’s either not getting enough, or not getting it when he needs it…could you throw him a half a cup before bed as a snack?  That chilled out my greyhound in a big way.

 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I doubt he’s eating it out of hunger, probably more from boredom and well, dogs love sticks lol. Honestly I don’t think there’s any easy fix other than going out there with him and correcting the behavior.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@megz06:  Hey, you do what works for you, but remember, if it doesnt work…why do it?  I got told to elevate my bowls, and control feel and buy a crate or my greyhound would like…explode…we never crated him, left the bowls on the floor and let him graze as he pleased…that dog never had a single problem, aside from the dumb injuries he got running around and the stroke he had that killed him when he was 13….breeders and breed enthusiasts can scare the crap out of you, don’t let them, the dog can handle himself…Saints are also known for being absurdly intelligent, maybe he’s all done being babied?

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@megz06:  Sorry… I have ZERO advice in that department…I have dogs that are super independant and dogs that are beyond spoiled and love the baby love that I lavish them with…I just know which ones want what…so it works out, I guess…but sooner or later, they all want a little kissy kissy, snuggle, snuggle…no matter how old or big they get!

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