Hi BO, my beagle/blue heeler mix, has a terrible chewing problem. I rescued him from the humane society about 4 months ago. We think he is about 1- 2 years old.
He is the sweetest dog until ------ He chews and chews. he has just about chewed everything I own except our furniture. I have sprayed with Bitter Apple, I have picked up things like trash cans, papers, etc and he still manages to find things.
I have chew toys and bones.
I just recently (last week) got a crate his size. He has now chewed his blanket completely up in his crate. I don't know what to do now.
I can't ever catch him if I leave him out because it is in the afternoon only before I come home.
Should I put something else in the crate or just leave it empty?
I originally got a wire crate but now I realize it was to big because he chewed up everything inside it and around it.
Goodness! Do you know if Bo has seperation anxiety as well?
If not here is how I curb chewing. When I see puppy has a show or remote control or whatever they are chewing I take it away and give a good loud "NO" then I hand the pup something he CAN chew on and praise him for chewing the apropriate toy.
Make sure you have a good supply of things for him. I find alternating different chews and toys helps prevent her from getting bored.
Kongs are good for chewers. I also have been dehydrating yams (yam sticks) and she really enjoys those. My teething basset like them as well.
As the previous post stated be sure to take away a "bad chew" say NO and then give him something he can chew on. He will figure out shoes, socks, remotes are not for his personal pleasure if you replace it with something good.
How about those Milk bones or other crunchy biscuits. I sometimes will put a thin layer of peanut butter on those and both dogs love it.
Freeze some yogurt (plain) in an icecube tray and let him crunch on that for a summertime treat. You can add a little banana or peanut butter for extra flavor. Frozen watermelon is also a good treat- not really crunchy but it occupies them for a time-be sure to remove the seeds.
They also make toys that you can put treats inside so they have to roll/shake the ball to get them out. If this chewing behavior is caused by being bored this might occupy his time. These are available at most pet stores. I think they are called puzzle balls or treat balls.
Your puppy is most likely suffering from seperation anxiety. It sounds like she is trying to get out of her kennel. My dog had the same problem (she chewed through two kennels, a bedroom door, carpet.....). We did however notice that she was less anxious when we didn't leave her in her crate. If it is possible, try leaving her in the kitchen, Don't lock her in a room tho (thats how the carpet and door were destroyed). Eventually Mollie outgrew this. What also helped were kongs filled with frozen peanut butter (keeps her busy), the tv or radio on, a huge cow bone to chew (not for puppies tho). We also had to keep valuable items high up and bathroom/bedroom doors shut. I know that it seems like a lot, but if you can control this behavior, it might save you money. Also, alot of vets will prescribe medicine that makes your dog dopey and thats not fair to have a drugged dog all the time.