(Closed) Dog chewing? – tips? suggestions, etc?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 πŸ˜‰

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 # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@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 πŸ™‚

lol isn’t it amazing what they can find in a limited space πŸ˜‰ 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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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.

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