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Well, over the past 6 months, she's done enough of that chewing to break down a portion of the fence — creating a permanent entry point into our backyard with full access to Basil!
We are sure both of the dogs felt a sense of victory (even though this was all Ladybug's victory, not Basil's), though as owners and neighbors on either side of the fence — we all felt a little deflated.
Our house came with a wooden fence on either side of yard — the shorter side is build slat to slat, more like a classic privacy fence.
Down the road I'd like to do something completely different with this fence, but for now, we just needed to get a fix in place to make it functional again. Roger, our neighbor and Ladybug's owner, and I came up with a plan to repair and patch this area of the fence.
To get things started, we needed to break away the remaining fence from the weak anchor post. Because of the rotted portion, we'd actually only lifted the healthy segment of wood out of the ground and needed to dig down deep to get the remaining post out.
Roger had the new post ready to go, so we immediately wedged it into the ground where the hole from the other board was removed and began to sledge it down as far and tight as we could go using — you guessed, a sledge hammer.
While not our ultimate solution for the look and feel of the fence in our backyard, in the end everything was much more secure and functional.

Dogs chewing on sticks may seem odd, but when a dog chews on wood furniture, that's a different story.
As she's been chewing, we've been nailing slats back to the fence and building barriers to keep them away from destructive behavior as well as we could. The longer side has alternating slats on either side of the fence, creating the feel of a privacy fence, but more spaced out. There had been a weak point in this spot, partially due to one of the anchor posts being loose, making it off level and allowing the fence to sag. Then we began rocking the post back and forth to try to pry it from the ground — this is where the toughest part of the job came in. We just screwed in 3 small patch boards in line with where the other horizontal boards had been and then screwed new slats on either side of the anchor to bring the remaining fence back in place.
Ladybug was crouched up next to the fence on the other side and we chuckled to ourselves thinking, we won this round. Not only do dogs investigate the world with their mouths, but chewing is a primal instinct that springs from dogs being foragers. Dogs who are kept in the house all day without toys or entertainment will chew to help keep them amused.

We decided to remove the entire post, reinstall a new one, set it in concrete, then repair and reattach the surrounding fence with a few batch slabs to the newly set anchor post. You can give your dog teething treats to help her teeth without worrying about your furniture. Chewing on wood may not be beneficial for you, but having your dog chew on chew treats and toys can be. Puzzle toys are a great option because the dog has to interact with the toy in order to get a treat. If your dog is experiencing separation anxiety that you can't remedy, consider a dog sitter or doggy daycare.
The key is correcting your dog when she chews on wood, but praising her when she chews on her toys. This allows your dog to interact with people and other dogs, which can keep her occupied until she can be with you again.

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Comments to «How to keep dog from chewing on wooden fence»

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  2. AtlantiS writes:
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