i have aproblem with my dog chewing everything up when i leave or fall asleep. he chews the mini blinds,my shoes,hats. even if i put items high up on shelf he will find a way to get it and chew it up. i have left toys for him to chew on-rubber bones,rubber balls, pig hoofs on a rope and he chews it up and swallows the hoof part but according to the label its safe for the dog-does anybody know if these toys are really safe or not.even hard bones he chews up like they were paper and eats it -according to the label they are safe for the dog.
are there any toys that are not breakable for a dog with strong teeth.i have blocked the dog in the kitchen but he gets out still and chews up items in the house. he even chewed an electrical plug but thankfully it was not plug in at the time. he also chews and eats stuff from outside and i do tell him no.i have tried to ty him up when gone for a couple of hours so he cant get too anything,but he can escape and did. he eats anything.he also licks everything . i need help to tame him from these practices. any help is appreciated.
his name is sparky,male mix terrier/shiba inu,about a yr old and was adopted from an animal shelter. he is very loving and cute.
***Edited By: GEE SPARKY on 4/14/2005 7:48:54 PM*** Reason: in caps
Invest in a 36 inch wire crate and crate the dog when you aren't there, for his own safety and for your sanity :P Make sure you get one that latches at the top and bottom of the crate (has 2 latches) and not one.
You need to invest in a crate and a chew proof bed for the crate. I tried crate liners and my puppy would tear them like a paper screader in no time flat. I invested in a Kurunda bed and she can't tear that up. She is well behaved when we are home but she has seperation problems when we go out. She is just a year old now and getting better but still can't be trusted alone.
Hey and welcome. Sounds like your dog needs some crate training 101. Crate training is actually a good thing. Most dogs like to be in their crate....its like their own room. Leashing him probably isn't the best idea unless you leash him to keep an eye on him while you are at home. Try a local petstore or even ebay for a crate. Good luck!
PS: The rules say no typing in caps. I think it's because all caps gives the message that you are yelling, it is harder to read, and takes up more space!
a kong or a nylabone those are good toys. also the crate is a must. dogs chew, they do not have hands that is how they investigate. sometimes the thing they investigate are fun to chew on. also bitterapple is a good investment. you spray it on whatever you want to keep. welcome to the joy of having a dog.
yes i see now ,thanks mafiaprincess, that u are suppose to type in lower case. i apologize my first time posting anything in a website and i did not see caps off.
thanks for your answers so far, u guys r quick to answer im amazed.
in regards to crate training- the dog does not need to be able to walk around a little since this is one of the ways for it to cool off. being in one spot can get pretty warm and doesnt it depress the dog by being there.
is that all u do is put dog in cage an d leave or do u need to give it association as to why the dog is being putr in the cage when u leave. is there any further guidelines.
If you do not want to crate train your dog, I reccomended overwelming the dog with chew toys. I leave my golden retriever puppy at home for a couple hours a day while I am at schoo. Before I leave I bring out like 25 toys and put them on the floor by the entry way. This is where he mostly hangs out and eventually plays with his toys. I have found that when I don't put the toys out he will find something to chew instead.
***Edited By: thomp119 on 4/14/2005 8:08:21 PM*** Reason: Spelling error... Sorry it's been a long day.
Dogs are natural den dwellers. Its always a good idea to get him used to the crate, but lots and lots of dogs are crated while their owners are out. You should crate him a couple of hours a day to start off. Maybe put a nice treat in there for him when he gets in (something he can consistently look forward to). When you take him out don't make a big deal of it. Just act like eveything is normal....if you don't make a big deal out of being in the crate then neither will he. Eventually, like many other dogs, he will like his crate and go in there on his own to nap or hang out! Hope that helps some. Google the topic too.....there will be stuff there!
Also something to mention about crate training, never let the dog out of the crate when it is crying, barking, or whining. This just tells them that if they perform this bad behavior they get what they want. They need to know that when they are put in the crate it means time to calm down and relax. Leaving him in there only a small amount at a time at first is good. He'll eventually get to enjoy it. My shep. mix is crate trained. She sleeps in there at night and when I'm away from the house. She really doesn't mind at all. Just get one that's big enough for him to turn around and stretch out a little when he sleeps.
Crate training is a wonderful non-aversive way to save your house. the leaving tons of toys out idea may work. I hsve not experieces it for myself but I have heard that could teach the dog everything is a chew toy. I assure you the best thing is a crate. I never use the crate as punishement I use a designated place in my house that I enforce the dog to lie down on. Training is a tricky buisness. somethings work some do not. some work but create other problems. I have yet to hear some say, "I wish I had never crate trained my dog".
I had the same problem with my rottie/husky pup, He actually tore up a sleeper sofa while we were at work, wires,springs, cotton eeverywhere. When he started chewing on the corner of my antique chinese cabinet it was a mad rush to the pet store for a crate. It really works. He is now about 4 years old and is good as gold. Good luck.