(Closed) A puppy that chews…advice needed!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I can share how I trained Junior Mink, but this was stuff I did when he was a baby…10 weeks to four months.

When he was a baby, every time he went to chew something that wasn’t a toy, I’d gently and cheerfully announce that it was time to get a toy and I’d lead him to his toy box. When he got a little older, I switched to using the “aght-aght” sound and telling him to get a toy.

He’s four now and he has “key time” every morning and evening…he trots over to his toy bin, picks out his Nylabone keys, and settles own for a good chew session. 🙂

I don’t know if we were just lucky or is his being a pretty agreeable golden retriever is a factor. Probably both!

Post # 5
1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My dog chewed my Cesar Milan book so I don’t know for sure…

But what does she chew on? If it’s shoes and stuff you need to just hide them until she grows out of it. I know there are some things you can spray on couches and stuff to make it taste bad, I don’t know what it’s called I’m sorry. Our dog used to chew the corner of this rug on the staircase so I poured red pepper flakes all over that spot… he stopped 🙂 I think it’s just a matter of being patient, providing lots of chewies and saying something before they even start chewing. If he so much as looks at your shoe give him a loud no! Good luck with your new pup 🙂


Post # 6
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Dandelion D:  Is your dog chewing when you’re gone?  When we first got our dog, she would chew inappropriate things when we weren’t around, even when we went to bed.  So we would crate her at those times.  Now she is good when we’re sleeping, but we still can’t leave her alone out of the crate because she will chew inappropriate things, even if we’re only gone for 30 minutes.  

Post # 7
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I  have a dog that would chew furniture, and i rubbed hot sauce on every thing and he stopped that. (i tried vinegar first and that did not work) As for shoes and other objects we just have to make sure the house is all picked up so he doesn’t have anything to chew. Prolly not much help, but that’s what I do. 

Post # 8
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

So cute! I just say keep giving her toys as a substitute, find something she likes

Post # 10
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

What about using bitter apple spray? Also, have you taught her “leave it”? The leave it command was really helpful in getting my dog to stop chewing things. She grew out of that phase by about 10-11 months, although she will still try to chew on the hearth pad in the living room when she is bored, which is super weird to watch. The toy box is a good idea, but so is rotating toys so that she has “new” toys often. Good luck! and I love the pic, she is super cute.

Post # 12
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

How old is she?  Puppies go through 2 teething stages, one around 4 months and one around 7 months (for the molars).  She might just be going through her 2nd teething stage. 

Have you tried getting her some elk antlers?  They’re like doggie crack and they don’t chip off so they would be safe for a puppy to chew on.  I also agree w/ PP about teaching her “leave it”.  Even if she is still in a teething stage, she will understand what’s off limits and what’s ok to chew on. 

Post # 14
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Lots of chewy meat sticks, bitter spray on the furniture and a good, firm “no” command when you catch them chewing something they shouldnt

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