My 16 month old Lab has been eating my wall, well more like tearing it apart and is chewing into the plaster. Does anyone know how to get her to stop or why she is doing this, she has so many bones that she loves to chew on, she can't have toys b/c they only last about an hour it that with her, kong's 4 days max. She is a chewer, she did this once before about a year ago so we dismissed it b/c she was a puppy. Well she is still a puppy but she is older now and we just moved into a new house about 6 months ago and she just started a few days ago doing it again. We just assumed she had stopped since she hasn't done it in a year, thought she was over it. We thought wrong....any ideas?
I am sure Labs do a lot more damage than Min Pins!!
Don't know if it is anxiety or boredom. 16 months is still young but way past the teething age. Could be anxiety with a new place and if your dog is left alone.
I would try more outside time and give your dog more exercise. I take ours on 3 walks a day. A morning and evening walk would be nice with some good old fashioned fetch games to tire your dog out some. A tired dog is a good dog.
Sounds like you already have interactive toys. Many people here use Kongs with the stuffing frozen to make it more difficult and time consuming to get out. There are Kongs for strong chewers but you probably already know that.
I would also get a large crate and crate your dog when you are gone. After chewing, ours stay in crates while we are gone. My basic obedience teacher told us it is our fault if we leave the dog out and it chews so we need to make sure it does not get the chance.
I use bitter apple to get my dog to stop chewing something but I don't know what to use on a wall.
Good luck. This can be so frustrating and costs lots of money to fix what they destroy.
She is crated when we are not there, but during the night we leave her out and she has been doing it during the night or when I'm in the shower. I leave the door open for her to come in if she wants but she usually lays in the doorway. We don't have a fenced in yard so they only get walked, She gets 2 in the mornings before work and 2-3 at night. I haven't been able to toss a ball around with her lately maybe that is it. I'm also 8 months pregnant so staying out longer then to walk them is hard on me. I bet it is boredom.
We had a Lab for 10 years ( he recently passed away) Rex never quit chewing he ate our porch railings, corners off steps and anything he could get in hs mouth along with hundreds of $$$ worth of toys, bones and chewy things... He never ate the walls but honestly Because he never thought about it ... --- Gosh I miss that dog....
My female Min Pin chewed quite a bit when she was bored. She would go to work with us but used to have to stay in the back office and stock area and if she was left alone to long she would chew boxes. We loved bringing product out to customers with chew marks in the boxes.
You may have to keep the dog in your sight and crate when you go in the shower.
It would be nice if you had a friend with a friendly dog and fenced in yard and you could take yours over for some play time. We don't have a fence yet either but are hoping to get one this year.
It sounds like you are walking quite often and I am sure that is not easy for you now. I am sure you can't walk as far as your dog would like right now.
Congratulations!! I am sure you are getting excited about the new baby. Probably pretty tired too!
A couple of my dogs have chewed holes in my wall, 5 to be exact; I still have to fill them in. I would recommend that you don't give your dog access to every part of the house and where she does have access spray the wall with bitter apple which is available from a pet store or your vet; I haven't tried it yet but will be as I don't want to end up with a 6th hole!
Likely boredom and pent up energy, Labs need alot of activity to keep them content. More walks and running type ply (get hubby to do it, lol) Less full house access for now, and lots of toys and chew things for him to keep himself busy.
She is really good at listening so I let her in the back yard after hubby walked her and played fetch with her for almost and hour and she still chewed more of the wall during the night. She is a booger, but too cute for me to get really angry at. She has the cutest facial expressions, most of the time she looks like she is smiling. I want to get her a puppy friend but already have a beagle and with a baby on the way, I just know I wouldn't be able to give enough attention to a puppy. We are buildling a fence at the end of the month, cannot wait for that. Then I can play more with her, even after the baby is here. I'll try that apple stuff, thanks everyone.
I'm not going to lecture you for having a high energy Lab and no fenced in yard.... However, I have a Dobe that was a termite in a previous life, and she was a wall chewer,down to the stud! I sprayed bitter apple on the wall and after a bite of that she decided to stop chewing the drywall Now does anyone have advice on repairing drywall??!!!
As previously stated we just moved into this house, and we are building a fence at the end of the month. The supplies are on order. So yeah no lecture needed.
We crate our dog when we are not there, she did this during the night and when I was in the shower one morning. So no I would not use a doggie daycare, plus there are none in my area that i know of, we just moved to this area. Not that I would use one anyway b/c every other week my husband is home during the day and in a few weeks I will be home on maternity leave for 12 weeks and quite possibly won't be going back work.
I'm going tomorrow to buy that bitter apple stuff. Can't wait to try it.
Then I'm going to Lowe's to get stuff to repair my walls :)
this same thing happened to me. my two little yorkies ate the wall in the room i would put them in to sleep. they ate it the size of 5 inches round . all the way to the outer wall . the insulation was showing. i was shocked i did not notice it until i saw white dust on the floor . the bed was next to the wall they tried their big jail brake. i patched the hole . i got a pen for them. they are bad little devils but cute, cute ,cute!!!!!
My 14 month old English Mastiff is doing the same thing. First it was the door molding then the corner of the wall now its a flat wall surface, I'm still trying to figure that one out. I used the bitter apple spray the first time and it did nothing so no matter what i did she continues to eat my walls. Vinegar was a bad idea too. She goes out 3 times a day and plays with the whole family for about 2 hours in the evening. She is also crated when alone. Vinegar was a bad idea too. Man I hope I can get her to stop soon. I like fixing things but this is getting ridiculous.
Hetta, you need a crate. Or a room to confine your dog in that is safe and non edible. Your dog isn't learning from being destructive, it is your job to stop the behaviour by stopping it with barriers when you can't watch your dog.
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