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To get a handle on the chewing, your family needs to limit your dog's ability to get to those items you don't want chewed. Chewing is very destructive and even small puppies can do a lot of damage with their little teeth.
My take on this issue is that chewing, including extremely destructive chewing, is so common as to be absolutely normal.
Labradors are intelligent, sociable dogs, and are particularly prone to boredom if left alone for long periods. Dogs which are not taught to accept some periods of solitude in puppyhood, dogs which are left alone for far too long, or dogs that have had traumatic experiences when left alone may develop a disorder called separation anxiety.
A dog which becomes very anxious when left, may resort to destroying your possessions, or even the fabric of your home, in order to relieve his anxiety. Which brings us to the point that the act of chewing is in itself, is very pleasurable and calming to many dogs. Like many other stress busting or pleasurable activities, chewing can become a deeply ingrained habit. Now we have looked at all kinds of reasons for chewing, let’s make a plan to improve things. There are a number of problems with punishment in general, but punishment for chewing is especially problematic.
Many Labradors are quite attention seeking, they have been bred to work closely with their human partners and being together, is very important to them. If your dog feels rewarded by your attention, even though you are angry with him, it won’t stop him wrecking your stuff in the future.
It won’t work if you punish your dog when you get home, for chewing up the sofa cushions while you were out. Remember also, that punishing a puppy will not prevent him chewing – he needs to chew and chewing is completely normal and natural for him.


If you have a young puppy, you can avoid separation anxiety developing by teaching your puppy to cope with being alone for short periods of time from an early age.
Some puppies enjoy those giant knotted rope toys, though they are not indestructible and you’ll need to keep an eye on them and remove them when they start to come apart. When it comes to avoiding or breaking bad habits, it means physically preventing the puppy from being able to indulge in them.
Before we have our first dog, we are all used to being able to put things down on the floor or low tables, and for them to still be there when we come back.
Some puppies and young dogs seem indifferent to the taste and will happily carry on chewing your furniture or baseboards, even when liberally coated in unpleasant substances! A more effective solution, and one that is particularly suitable for puppies that are not yet fully house trained, is physical exclusion.
If you are going to crate your puppy you need to do so for very short periods of time and leave the puppy suitable chew toys to occupy his need to chew while you are gone. A crate in the vehicle is often a better solution until your Labrador has got past the chewing stage. The problem was that his owner had de-crated him a little too soon, while he was still in the chewing stage. In the article I set out a de-crating plan for her, which you might find helpful if you are wondering if now is the right time to give your Lab some more freedom. As you can see, chewing is pretty normal, especially in Labradors, and it can last for much longer than early puppyhood. Most experts now agree that destructive chewing is best avoided by reducing boredom, treating any anxiety problems, providing appropriate chew toys, and preventing very young dogs from having access to your more precious things.
If you’d like all of our Labrador information together in one place, then get your copy of The Labrador Handbook today. The Labrador Handbook looks at all aspects of your Labradors life, through daily care and training at each stage of their life.


Our nearly 1-year-old male lab is such a good dog EXCEPT for the destruction of any bed we give him and several blankets and sheets on our bed! We are the proud pet parents of our 4th Lab, a beautiful black 9-year old who is a big puppy at heart!
My 11 month old black lab hardly chews now and apart from an old shoe has not chewed anything for months! Here in South Africa i have never heard of any Lab owner to crate his dog but must add that Labradors are not kept indoors here. I have had 2 Labs in the past and never really had much damage except their pulling the washing from the line. I have a 16 month old black lab and I have been extremely lucky in perspective (cant believe i can even say that) but though we have not lost furniture, we live with frustrations of the loss of countless flipflops, sandals, hat brims, super balls, toys- the more stuffing and plastic the better, and if they talk or sing, double bonus, then theres the basketballs, tennis balls and dollies without faces or fingers. Diesel is a chocolate lab mixed with a blood hound and just turned one this past weekend and has definitely chewed quite a few things in our apartment! My now 4yo male black lab, chewed the corners of every cupboard and the door knobs and completely through a wall in 2 places when he was teething. While doing that, offer your dog lots of chew toys to satisfy this healthy, natural behavior, and work on rewarding your dog for making the right choices when he chooses what to chew. Retrievers, especially, are known for their love of chewing throughout their adolescence, along with the lifelong fondness many of them have for carrying items in their mouths.
Expect that your dog's perfectly normal and healthy interest in chewing will continue for at least another year.



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