Jinx, my 17 week old puppy, seems to want to chew on everything.. but now he's not chewing.. he's scratching! He's scratching the corner of the island in my kitchen. He's not even chewing it. What could I do to keep him off of it?
Maybe for now rig some kind of piece of plastic of wood that you wouldn't mind getting destroyed until he gets a bit older. Isn't puppy proofing the greatest :) There are no visable wires in my house at this moment and we had a problem with a certain little miss shredding her newspaper (which she never uses because she is now house trained! :) yay. so we just picked it up)
One more thing I wanted to ask you. Is he doing it while you are gone? He may have separation anxiety if so. You can try crating him when you can't keep an eye on him. I had a really great greyhound a long time ago but she was a rescue from a track and she would flip out when left alone ate doors, scratches holes in stuff to the point of making her paws bleed. Separation issues will be a totally different approach, so its best to know why your dog is doing this.
Have you tried leaving him a kong? or some toys to keep him occupied? If it is a high energy breed puppy he may be getting bored. Larger high energy breeds need tons of exercise and stuff to do otherwise they can turn distructive and vent their pent up frustrations on your stuff to show their displeasure. Try letting him outside and run around for a while before you leave to burn off some puppy energy, play frisbee and fetch and everything else you can think of.
What can it hurt?
***Edited By: pope1982 on 6/29/2005 2:19:04 PM*** Reason: **
I just took him out for a long run so he got exercise, but he started scratching. He has a bunch of toys too, but then I gave him a bone(which we got because he was chewing everything) and he stopped..