I only know that my cousins golden did the same thing, because she was penned 24/7/365. She had no stimulation and nothing else to do but chew the fence. Her gums and lips would be torn and she'd continue to do it. And she didnt start until she was older.
I have a dog who chews on his chain. He no longer has any teeth because of it. My dogs cant reach the fence so ive never had that problem. I wish i had some kind of suggestion for you. Good luck, i hope you find something that works.
If you are talking about your kennels. This is why i leave the bottom earth, so if they do get bored they can dig. I would rather have digging than chewing on the fence. So the dogs do not dig out you have to dig around the perimeter 6" and bury 4x6s and secure the kennel to them. the dogs know to dig down. but not down across and then up.
But Chewing on chain link is always associated with boredom.
***Edited By: gunny on 9/5/2006 11:36:39 PM*** Reason: 2
Years ago I had a Border collie mix that chewed chain link fencing and was missing his back teeth from it. He had a great fear of thunder and other really loud noises. If he was in the fenced in back yard and it thundered, he would start chewing. This only happened if I wasn't home, cause if I was home and heard thunder, I would go get him. Sort of like Marley in the book Marley and Me! BTW He was an inside dog that liked to spend most of his day outside with the kids. We had him for 17 years and he was a wonderful pet.
***Edited By: Littledogsmom on 9/6/2006 6:44:38 PM*** Reason: sp
chiefdog - my 11 and 10 year old dogs starting doing this. I think it's the 11 year old after today's episode. 11 year old is a golden retriever/lab and 10 is a border collie/lab. I have spent money replacing the fence to have them do it again, pushing their way through the gate etc. I have spent countless hours trying to rig it and make it so they can't get out (which is only being done while I am at work). now the one is starting in a new spot in back. If you find any suggestions or reasons why, let me know I would love to know why after all these years this is happening!!!!