dog will not stop chewing on stuff

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Old 05-25-06, 10:45 AM
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dog will not stop chewing on stuff

i have a lab mix and he not quite a year yet and chews on my woodwork and my kitchen doors and cardboard almost anything that he gets in is mouth. what can i do when i am not at home to make him stop. i have given him chew toys and raw hides. is there some that i can put on stuff that would make it tast bad to him.
 
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Old 05-25-06, 11:10 AM
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get a second dog. they'll keep each other busy. worked for me....
 
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Old 05-25-06, 11:37 AM
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Bitter apple seems to work best for us, although I swear a couple of our dogs seem to like it. It comes in a spray pump bottle and most pet supply stores carry it.
 
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Old 05-25-06, 11:44 PM
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Actually the best most assured method to solve this issue is to crate train your dog. Dogs prefer the sanctuary of a crate, that they treat as their den. It is not a difficult thing to do, however, it does take a bit of patience.

Be sure when working your dog into crate training, you start with short times, when you are willing to deal with the whining that will certainly occur at first.

Be patient and it will be one of the best decisions you can make for your dog's well being, and that of your house.

There are many reliable websites that give the basic crate training method, but be sure you take the dog out to do their business before putting them in the crate.

Also, the bitter apple does work for some dogs, but I seriously suggest the Crate Training, rather than relying on the spray.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 05-26-06, 05:04 PM
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thanks for the info ill look for one that is big enough he is only 8 months old and he weighs 71 pounds, but the ones i found before were over 100.00 dollers maybe i an find a used one
 
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Old 05-26-06, 10:35 PM
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I understand they are not cheap, but in the long run it will be for the best, in money savings as well, since he is chewing expensive to replace things.

A good suggestion would be to watch your local free ad paper and also be sure to check out garage sales and swap meets. Another thing is to check with your local Kennel Clubs and see if perhaps they have one they can sell you cheaply or loan you til you can purchase one of your own. Our club often loaned out crates/cages for short to medium terms, at little or no cost to the borrower.

Also, I would suggest doing the Airline approved style, since you will be paying for it, make sure, should the need arise, it is able to go on a plane.

Hope this helps,
 
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Old 05-27-06, 01:53 AM
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most likely the dog is teething (new teeth coming in and it hurts) so they will chew on things to ease the pain put tabasco sauce in the wood and what ever else he chews worked for use 13 years ago. Our dog would chew everything we had a wooden windmill in the backyard she chewed that she chewed books i left on a chair we put hot sauce on the things she chewed she would not touch them try that and let us know how it goes.
 
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Old 05-31-06, 09:16 PM
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i found one at garage sale for $45 a metal cage like, in good condition with a tray floor. do they make a waterer thing to put one the cage while he is in it so he wont spill the water. he likes to go in the cage on his own thats a big plus
 
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chewing problems

Keep in mind that chewing is a perfectly natural canine behaviour that all dogs do, especially puppies. Along with confining him to a crate when you aren't able to supervise him, make sure he is getting enough exercise. Young labs especially have a lot of energy, and if they are bored they will find something to entertain themselves - like your woodwoork. A tired puppy is a good puppy. Try some obedience training, get him to chase a ball or take him swimming or just for a good long walk every day to work off his energy and make him more willing to settle down and nap at home. Does he have any dog friends that he can run around with to get a workout?

Make sure he does have a variety of safe chew toys both inside and out of his crate to give him an outlet for his his natural desire to chew. One of the best things for this is a stuffed rubber Kong toy. You probably feed him his meal all at once in a bowl, and he snarfles it up in 30 seconds and that's it until the next meal. Try measuring out his food but instead of putting it down in a bowl, stuff the food into several appropriately-sized Kong toys. He'll get his much-needed chewing outlet extracting the food, and it will keep him entertained for some time. If he gets the food out too fast, moisten the food before you pack it into the Kong and pop it in the freezer overnight. He will learn that it's a lot more attractive to chew a food-filled toy than splintery baseboards. If you catch him chewing something he isn't supposed to, redirect him to one of his chew toys instead.
 
 

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