Author: admin, 08.08.2014Provide puppies with appropriate chew toys, even if it’s a frozen rag soaked in broth. Older dogs benefit from toys like Kongs, hard rubber balls and bones that can’t be broken into pieces. I was talking to my neighbor the other day about Lucy, our puggle dog and how she is chewing on practically everything these days. I have an Akita, definitely a completely different type of dog, but they are notorious for chewing destructively!
My friend has a lab that when she was a puppy had a bad habit of chewing on electrical cords so to stop this she put oil of cloves on the cords and the shewing stopped. I had the same problem with my beagle, and not to be discouraging, but with him, he was still chewing on all my beautiful shoes when he was five years old.
I’m not too sure about the problem with chewing, but my little doggy had to have an overnight stay at the vet due to poisoning from chewing on a Sharpie.
There is a spray you can get that tastes bad & is supposed to deter the dog from chewing.
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. If you catch your puppy chewing something he shouldn’t, immediately give him something suitable to chew after correcting him. These same endorphins are released during chewing, so his problem may stem from a lack of exercise.
Wild dogs mouth as a way to get food from older dogs and of course to play, but it can sure become a bad habit in a hurry, so be patient, and consistant. Few things are more frustrating than coming home to a shredded pillow or Roman blinds ripped from the wall. For example, last week one of them figured out how to push a bench next to the kitchen counter, hop up on it, and steal a 3 lb bag of apples. That has stopped all chewing, herding and food possessiveness in our dog – within just two weeks!
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.
The instructor at puppy school told me that they grow out of their chewing stage at around 7 months old–give or take a month. If he seems undeterred by the flavor on your furniture, spray one shot right on his tongue. Also, we were taught by our trainer not to give any attention to the chewing or destructive behavior, because dogs often cant differentiate between negative or positive behavior. But, during that first year on top of the sidng debaucle he also pulled all the wiring out for the truck hitch and got bored again and while chasing a cat under the other truck pulled more wires out from that to the tune of 700 bucks in repair.
Instead replace the item that she isn’t suppose to be chewing with the item she should be.
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