My dog just recently started eating my walls. He's really smart, and I'm sure he gets bored when left alone. We have a second dog, so it's not like he needs company. I was online and stumbled on a website with toys specifically for smart dogs, Nina Ottoson's toys for smart dogs. They are like puzzels with treats used as motivation as well as reward. I've only seen these toys available online, so forget PetSmart. They cost about $40, but may be worth a try for when you are in the shower. I hope it works for my sake.
I'm sorry but anyone who thinks crate training is cruel obviously has a trashy home. Crate training is the best way to train a puppy.I have a 5 month old husky and he is being crate trained.I work and take care of my 2 year old daughter and when I am at work he is in a crate. I tried putting him in the bathroom and he started chewing on the wall cause he is teething.I rent and can not afford to pay 100s of dollars to fix what he messes up.the crate saved us. Just because u have a dog doesn't mean u have to sacrifice ur house being in nice shape.for the woman who commented "get a cat instead of crate training" that is ignorant. Crate training is not cruel.some dogs just can't handle being out by themselves and u shouldn't have to stay home all day everyday just cause he chews.I love dogs and I'm not gonna sacrifice having one just because they tend to chew and need to be potty trained.he is in his crate while I work and at night.when he is fully potty trained he will no longer need the crate unless he continues to chew.crate training is the best way to go if u don't want a trashed house!
This thread was so much help! I have a 7 month old lab mix and he used to chew on our kitchen table and chairs. After a few reprimands he has stopped and hasnt chewed up anything since (including his toys!). However, three weeks ago we moved to Alaska. The trip is when he started to chew! At one of our pit stops he chewed shoes. He chewed up my husbands "Love Me" book which is his personal record of his military career. He almost completely destroyed his jump log and he had to show his new unit that "his dog ate his jump log". Since we have been here he has been chewing the wall and destroying toys. He has chewed one giant hole into a flat wall surface and a smaller one just above it. Both of them being on the stairs. Tonight I am going out to buy the bitter apple spray and prays that it works. We have tobasco here at home but the little terror likes it! He has eaten chicken smothered in it! He has a bone but still seems to prefer the wall. We have only been out of bed for an hour and the new hole appeared! I didnt even have time to wake up and play with him! He is crate trained and all i have to do is point and ask "What is that?" and in the crate he goes. Cross your fingers! My husband will make him an outside dog if this doesnt work and I am against it!
I also have a 16 month old puppy German Shepard Husky mix and she is a chewer too. she loves wood and plaster. She also as very bad separation anxiety. we tried the bitter apple spray for the chewing and she likes it, we tried vinegar, hot sauce, and many others, nothing worked. all of these were accompanied by a kong with frozen apples and peanut butter. nothing worked for either. My father inlaw actually found a Thundershirt. we got it a few days ago and so far we are doing really good. she hasnt licked or chewed the walls when we have it one her.
Normally while im at work she stays in her crate and she knows how to unlock and open it so by the time i get home, which is only 4 hours later, she would be on our bed chewing the walls. and be overly hyper and crazy! the first time I put it on her I sat with her and gave her cheese with every strap I put on, then I gave her a piece of meat once the whole thing was on and left it on for a little bit just so she could get used to it. the next day when I went to work I put it on her gave her frozen Kong and she went in her crate I didnt lock it or eve close it all the way. when I got home she was still in her crate, she didnt even try to get out. When I opened the crate she was very calm and greeted me. even when i took it off of her she remained calm like i had been home with her the whole time. SO far we are doing really good with the tundershirt. Today when it started storming she went and sat on her shirt because she was feeling anxious. This is a great product and is defiantly worth a try, if it doesnt work for you, it is guaranteed for 45 days and are only about 40 bucks for an xl. they come in different colors and can even get them personalized.
When your Lab starts to chew on the wall, get a few treats in your hand. Then kinda get in his or her way, and like make her back up, and throw one treat at a time, while you say "back." Good luck! Congragulations on the baby! ;)
I love my dog! He's on security guard! And also a natural born cutie!
i have got one thing to say: Labrador, Labrador, labrador! labradors chew walls for some odd reason. it runs through their blood is what i say. my lab chewed straight through the wall when she was your dogs age. don't worry. when shes older, she will stop. to stop it sooner, train it to Do something else.
Well, your new lab is probably not out of puppy stage yet, Large dog tend to take longer growing out of the puppy stage.
I watch dog whisperer with Cesar Millan. If you have Sky HD it's on WILD on this programme there tecniques to help you stop your dog from doing things it shouldn't. Like what i say on all of my comments about bad dog/puppy behaviour watch the Dog whisperer, it's the best training and obidence programme there is in the uk and america.
Good luck at training! x
Sometimes you've just gotta get on with your life when something goes wrong. But lets not grief for too long cause theres a whole world out there. <3
I have read online that maybe your dog is teething that's the reason why it's tearing your wall. You can give him something that he can chew. Or what you can do is use bitter spray (available at pet store) and spray the area he likes to chew on. I hope this helps you with your problem.
Both of my dogs are terrified of thunderstorms, lightning, fireworks and have separation anxiety (severe) They are 10 & 7. This morning I woke up to see a section of my wall, about 5" wide x 7" long x 2.5" deep eaten/clawed through as well as some gnawing on the woodwork frame around a closet door. I didn't realize what was going on at first. I went to the kitchen to grab some water and change the dogs water and saw weird chunks leading up to their dish and inside the dish. I immediately tossed it out and gave them a clean bowl with fresh water and this is when I discovered the damage. I was initially upset with Sebastian. Ariel doesn't act out in this way, she just gets nervous and whiny. Sebastian always licks walls and boxes, even tries eating through boxes and succeeds most times. Anyway, I was mortified today. My husband called me and told me when he left for work this morning it was storming so I knew why Sebastian was having a severe panic attack. I was more upset with my husband for not waking me up to at least give them their medication to help them get through the storm. I called their vet right away and was told to bring him in. He did bloodwork and we'll get the results tomorrow.I am just at my wits end as to what to do with getting him to stop acting out in the ways that he does. We can tolerate Ariel's behavior, it's mild and only gets moderate when we have very severe storms. That's when I give her medication from the vet. We can't leave them home alone, not even for 5 minutes. I have had the police called because Sebastian was whining, barking, crying after my husband left for an evening. I was trying to comfort him but he didn't want me. I think I will try the green apple spray in hopes that it may help curb Sebastian's constant licking the walls but I doubt it will. He loves lotion, bath soap, the wax I use for their paw pads. He's a silly little dog and I love them both so much. They were both from puppy mills. I didn't know it at the time but I thank God for putting them in my life every day. As for them getting exercise, they go on average of 6-8 30 minute walks a day, since I work from home. They get lots of play time even though there's no such thing as enough playtime for Sebastian :) Thanks everyone for sharing your stories and advice. I am a lot calmer since reading everyone's stories. My dog isn't unique in what he does, I just need to try alternatives to change his behavior~
I have an almost 3 year old german shephard cross who has separation anxiety and scratches at the front door and surrounding wall area to try to get out and find me. I am going to try the apple bitter and other things and see what happens. I also tried crate training her but she howled excessively, broke down the metal door, then the second time she chewed through her crate it's frustrating cuz she is perfectly behaved as long as she is with me and she is the love of my life. I also got a hi pitch bark control thing but that doesn't even effect her either.
Hello everybody, I have a big problem. I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT he chews things A LOT. . So, leaving home is always a challenge for us. My husband and I were thinking about taking him to 'doggy school', but then again, itís extremely expensive, and the nearest 'doggy school' is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!