Please help my friend has a large breed rottie/mix male dog. He has a very bad chewing problem. It is so bad that today they “the husband, 15 year old son and 9 year old daughter” where home with the bad dog Duke and the other dog Buddy “a small dog” when Brandon “son” put 10 fossils on his desk and left the room. Well Duke ate all of them and a pair of shoes, not his first or even 15th pair. The husband put Duck outside and Duke ate 3 small palm trees. This problem has been going on from the time they got him from a shelter at 4mo old. The son takes Duke on walks twice a day for 35-55 min each. They have about 20 toys they rotate out about every 5 days. He only gets 2-4 toys at a time. They play with him all the time and even 2 trainers told them he will grow out of it but he is now all most 1 year old and the family is at their wits end. I thought about creating him when they are gone. What do you all think. By the way he eats everything he can get his mouth around when the family is home but mostly when they leave or put him out side. Any ideas would be helpful.
Keeping this dog as active as possible is one way to perhaps stop him from chewing out of boredom, other than that there are various nasty bitter tasting repellants on the market. I use one called No Bite, but I find it only effective for a short time. Maybe someone else knows a better one. I don't like chemicals; so there is a lot of shoe hiding, etc going on, but this dog sounds like he'd eat the couch, if he had the chance. I wonder if they would consider putting him into some agility classes, or obedience training- anything to keep him more focused and busy.
advice thus far is great.. does sound like this dog needs a lot more activity. Also CRATE CRATE CRATE. This is what we use a crate for, it's their house and this is a perfect example of when to use the crate. If he can not be trusted in the house right now.. crate him while you are training and especially not home.
You meantioned "thinking" about the crate... DO IT. I would start crating him while there is someone there ensuring he settles in the crate and learns. Take a huge Kong or good hard all natural bone and put peanut butter(just a little) all the way inside of it when you put him in the crate.
also NO MORE TOYS he can chew up.. no raw hide (horrible for dogs anyway) NOTHING that he can chew because all that does is perpetuate the problem of chewing. Get a heck of a lot of hard kongs and bones and stuff like that. Nylabone also makes really good bones, get the large ones but ONLY get chicken, natrual or liver flavor becuase they are made differently and if you compare to the bacon or cheese flavor, you will see those can again be chewed up. GL