(Closed) Chewy Doggie

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Could you try gating her into a “safe” area, like your kitchen? Somewhere there are far fewer things to chew!

I’m not sure if it’s normal for a 1 year old doggie to do that or not… our puppy does it but he’s only 5 months and I am very hopeful he’s going to grow out of it soon!

Post # 4
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Wow, that’s hard without the crate. Some dogs are just chewers. Our Boston has been since he was a puppy. He’s 2.5 now and he no longer chews my shoes, or other things around the house when we are home. But if something were in his crate (like a blanket, pillow, stuffed animal) he would tear it apart and eat a lot of it! We can not yet trust him to be out of his crate when we aren’t there for this reason. You can try Bitter Apple (makes things taste bad), but I don’t think you can spray everything in your house with that.

Post # 5
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Our dog is a year and a half, and she chewed EVERYTHING until a few months ago. Cell phone chargers, shoes, empty paper towel roll (I have NO IDEA how she got ahold of that one…), the collar on DH’s leather jacket… the list goes on. So yes, I think that’s pretty normal, especially depending on the breed of dog. Some breeds are more chewy than others. πŸ™‚

We crate our dog, and she sure sounded like she had been abused when we put her in there! The first few weeks were AWFUL… she would cry and cry for hours into the night. I’d come home for lunch and she’d still be crying. No puppy “likes” being crate trained, but if you really feel like you can’t do it (can you tell I’m a HUGE proponent of crate training?) then I agree with OttoawBride. Find a “safe” place, like the kitchen, where you can corral her in when you aren’t home. Do your best to make sure the only things for her to chew on are her toys. Something I found that really helped is the more we played with her with her chew toys, the more she would play with them on her own.

Good luck! I swear raising a puppy is more work than a newborn!

Post # 6
2821 posts
Sugar bee

We’re going through this now too and also don’t crate.  I make sure to keep our bedroom and bathroom doors shut so there’s limited amount of damage that can be done.  She has a select amount of toys to chew on and is at the point where she knows it, we’re just working on follow through right now because teething is in fullllll swing. 

Whenever she is chewing on something bad I say “NO” and replace it with a good chew toy and then give her some love, but I can only do this when I’m home so……  I think we might have to step it up a bit and start putting her tennis balls in a nice flavorful sauce (she hasnt’ been able to chew through them yet) so she stays focused on them because the last few days I’ve left junk mail on the counter and have come home to ripped up pieces of paper.

Post # 7
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

I think the behavior is normal…at least when it comes to my Molly!! She is a little over a year now and chews A LOT!!  We give her chew toys and bones, but they don’t do the trick when we are gone…we went for a bit without crating her to see if she matured and it seemed to be fine so long as we put everything away, but then we noticed she chewed on the corner of an end table…I am pretty sure it has a lot to do with her breed because she is an Old English Bulldog and they do chew a lot…our MinPin used to be fine when left alone and wouldn’t really chew on things (except a stray pen or pencil)

We went back to crating and it’s fine….if you can’t crate I would also suggest the safe place idea or a closed off room.

Post # 8
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Chewing can be a puppy thing, although some dogs do enjoy chewing on things later in life, too. As far as why she is chewing on things other than the toys you got her, the answer is probably “because it’s so much fun!” In her eyes, all of these things probably are toys, since she doesn’t have the same hangups that you and I have about what is and is not appropriate to chew. My dog is 10.5 years old, and he will occasionally chew on things, or just generally “get into” them. He seems to enjoy chewing and shredding paper, and has also tried out chewing lint rollers.

To keep him from getting in to things, I (like you) keep things he could get into cleaned up. He is not crated, either (it seems to exacerbate his anxiety, oddly enough). There are rooms in which I can’t have everything up at all times, like my office. I keep him out of those rooms while I’m gone by closing doors and using baby gates. If my whole house is a mess (it happens to all of us from time to time…), I baby gate him into my bedroom (which is kept dog-proof at all times). I’ve found this works well to keep my dog (and my things) safe. It’s almost like baby-proofing- you just have to make sure things are safe from the dog, by looking at what he’ll get into from his perspective (so, things he can reach, things that are chewy, or things that could be food in some far distant reality).

Post # 11
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@quiche – One time Zoe got ahold of my birth control… NO IDEA HOW since I keep it in my purse! That was a fun night, let me tell you… taking your 2 month old puppy to the vet ER at 6am is NOT FUN. But trust me, they do grow out of it! She hasn’t chewed anything in months other than her toys and bones. πŸ™‚

Post # 12
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My Mom’s dog loved to chew everything in sight, and from what I have read, they are just seeking out the attention they aren’t getting from the two of you while you are gone for the day, and she is taking it out on your possessions. If there is anyway to gate her off or get a dog sitter, that would be an option. But my mom eventually had to start replacing things because she couldn’t get Max under control.

Post # 13
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you won’t crate, (crates are awesome, btw, because once an abused dog gets used to it, it can be a safe, secure place for them), try an X-pen.  They are often larger than a crate, and some brands can even be expanded, either by attaching two of them or inserting extra panels until you get the size you desire.  This might work well for you since your home is so open.

Here’s a link to get you started if you’re interested: http://www.petsmart.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3263937&sr=1&origkw=xpen’ defer=’defer

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