Post # 1
So my 5 year old beagle (at least I think he is a beagle, he was given to us when he was 6 months old) has in the last few months developed a habit that is becoming a major issue. If he can get ahold of them he will eat my pants and underwear!!!! No matter what I do to keep them away from him he finds a way to get them. I have gone through 3 pairs of jeans, a pair of yoga pants and at least 7 pairs of underwear. I don’t know how to get him to stop, I have tried spankings but I don’t like it and it isn’t helping, then I tried a spray bottle which he hates but it also isn’t helping. What can I do to get him to stop, I’m afraid it’s going to kill him and it’s getting very expensive for me. Advice please!!!!!
Post # 3
My puppy has done the same. Best way to keep a dog from chewing up things is to not leave them on the floor. The messier my house is the more of a trouble maker he is. When I keep the house tiddy he focus’s on his own toys to chew.
Post # 4
Citronella spray. Leave something like an old towel around and speay with a deterrent. I heard tobacso works well also and of course don’t leave good clothes like jeans etc where he can get them. Our dog would have a field day if she got into a clothes basket. She sometimes rips clothes off the line which we are trying to kerb. Also just keep an eye in him, if he grabs clothes while ur around, give him something he is allowed instead of just taking away what he’s not allowed.
Post # 5
All of my clothing is in 4 places: in a closed drawer, hung in my closet, in the wash, or on my butt. Where is your beagle finding things? Keep your closet door shut and it shouldn’t be a problem.
Perhaps soak a washcloth or pair of underwear in bitter apple spray. It is a chew deterrent for dogs- you can get it at any pet store/target. Bait the dog with it.
Another option is to wait until you see the dog go for some clothing. Before he gets to the clothing, call him and offer him a treat/toy. If you catch him in the act, scare the crap out of him.
Post # 6
Honestly, I think he will eat it if he can find it. My dog used to “hunt” for things. One day she came out of the room wearing my pants! They were draped around her like someone was riding her back and then disapeared. So weird! As a puppy she opened a closet, took a jacket off a hanger and at the fox ruff. UGH! She also ate any roommate’s bra or condoms (ugh, roommates!) left to find.
Gosh, if spankings and commands (“No chew!” Spank. “No chew! *or whatever your prefered command is) that is a tough one.
Definitely get a hamper with a top on it and keep things locked in the dresser or closet. Is dog getting less exersize than usual? Is there some other big change that may have offset her? I feel like havng dog is like playing detective. (Ok, here is dog’s new issue… what has changed… what can we do…)
Post # 7
spanking definitely won’t help, no point in doing that. Chances are the dog already knows it is bad behaviour. I would agree with previous posters that say just make sure your clothes are not where they can eaten. I know it shouldn’t have to be that way but sometimes with dogs it is
Is your dog bored? Usually chewing is a sign of boredom and they need more exercise and stimulation.
Post # 8
Is he fixed? I know sometimes that can be a part of it, but not a guarentee to stop it.
Post # 9
Spanking dogs doesn’t teach them anything other than that you know how to hit them. Fixing your pets doesn’t change them behaviourly – despite what people think/say.
PP are right – don’t leave your stuff lying around and he won’t be able to eat it. Have you taught him “leave it”? Positive re-inforcement (treats/praise) works well especially if your dog is food motivated!
Post # 10
Hmmm, he’s not bored I’ve been home more then usual lattly and he is fixed so idk what his problem is, he ate the lid off my laundry basket and learned to open my closet doors and it doesnt’ help that my bedroom door is currently broken. Maybe I will get a child lock for the closet doors or try the spray thing. I would totaly understand this if I did leave my clothes out but they are either in the hamper, in the wash, on my butt or put away. He is just a butthead I guess,
Post # 11
@cbee: LMAO! this totally just cracked me up
Post # 12
How much exercise does he get?
Post # 13
@mrs.stormylove: Best way to keep a dog from chewing up things is to not leave them on the floor.
Agreed. My male Pom did a number on my underwear a few years ago…and of course he never went for the cheap ones. He also destroyed a brand new track suit when my husband put it on top of his old crate.
The less you leave around the better. If those items are readily available to the dog he won’t be tempted. I am also a big fan of the “leave it” command which my dogs know very well at this point. I have found that with us being more careful he has now stopped trying and every once in a while when the laundry is on the ground he ignores it. Just remove the temptation until it is no longer a concern.
Post # 14
@Westwood: There is a big field behind our house so they get out 4 to 6 for at times a week to play with a ball and run for at least an hour. And I try to play with them in the house at least once a day. He’s had issues with being bored when he was younger so we really try to keep them active. It’s like as soon as I turn my back on him he turns into some master theif who knows how break into anything he sets his mind to.
@Treejewel19: I think I’m going to try the “leave it” thing, we’ll see if that works.