I have a pup that will not leave things alone. He chews shoes, socks, toys and (the one that gets me most upset) he chewed a crocheted blanket of my two year old's. How can I get the message across to leave things that aren't his alone? He has actually pulled clothes out of baskets to chew them and he has toys of his own. Is it kind of like, the grass is always greener on the other side?
Let not the right hand know what the left is doing....StingRay, AKA Nathan, if you have something to say to me, say it, don't post. LPN, perhaps you should get your facts straight. StingRay IS my husband. I just found out when he started laughing hysterically. He had to fess up. Seriously, I would like advice on the chewy pup. He's a husky/shephard mix. Thank you.
Debi, does your pup do this when he's unattended? Is he crate trained, for when you can't see/watch him? Are you catching him as he's about to chew on something undesirable (to you)? If you're not catching him as he's about to do it, you're giving him too much freedom. I'd suggest keeping an eye on him and when he proceeds to mouth something you don't want him to, give him a stern "NO!" and hand him something that he can chew. Also, knowing that he's pulling things out of baskets, etc is telling you that you should further baby-proof your place (baskets off of the floor, nothing that you care about within his reach or striking distance...) IMO
He does it when I'm watching and when I'm not watching. I learned the hard way about the basket, that's been remedied. That he did while we were sleeping. And, no he's not crate-trained as yet. He actually normally does it when we're home. Could it be that he's jealous of my two little boys (even though they were here first)? I've tried the stern, NO, and given him his toys. He seems to not care for his rope or rawhide or squeaky toy. But he loves the kids squeaky toys and stuffed animals and foam letters...
How old is he? Is he still teething? Does he have his own stuffed animal(s)? Mine plays with his stuffed animal more than any other toy, besides empty 2 liter soda and juice bottles (plastic, of course). The free toys are the ones that suit his fancy the most. Have you tried the Nyla-bones? They're flavored and every puppy that I've had has loved them. There are Kongs, which you can stuff with treats... You'll have to keep watching and redirecting him; he's not going to change overnight. Find out what his favorite toy is and substitute that one. He'll be more apt to find some satisfaction in it since he can't have the one he wants. Crate training helps a lot. You can put the toys that he can play with (not all toys are safe to leave with him unattended, ie, no small, digestible or easily breakable) inside of the crate so that he gets used to them and knows that they're his. Mine uses his crate as his toy box; he goes in and pulls out the ones he wants to play with.
Hi, I had a problem like that with my alaskan malamute pup. I figured it out, it was two things, 1. the scent on the item... 2. seeking attention. I know you can't put bitter apple or pepper on the baby/children's toys or blankets etc... so you will just have to subsitute something for him. My puppy kept taking the toss pillows off the kids beds.. and would run around the house... Ofcourse I would chase him to get it back.. and he'd run faster and faster.. finally one day.. I gave up... I didn't chase him.. he kept bringing the pillow in his mouth back in my view.. like saying "come get me". I finally gave him ONE.. and put it in his crate... and now he doesn't take anyone elses pillows. I do have to say I fully beleave in that "Firm NO", but it takes consistancy and allot of TIME.. for him to FULLY understand "NO". (PLUS it's in my dog's breed to be STUBBORN) LOL I got a kong and it keeps him busy for 15 mins...WHICH is a long time for him!..ha ha..I found a 2 liter empty soda bottle with a few pieces of hard dog food and a puppy milk bone in it... keeps him busy for a much longer time. (remember NO cap.. they can pop off and get lodged in their throat). GOOD LUCK.
This is the last I will address LPN on the same IP address, same person.....You only had partial facts. I'm not gonna argue cuz it's not worth it, but thank you for your concern on my...ummmm....supposed split personality.
Sampson still doesn't take the hint to play with his own toys inside. He chewed up more toys last night. I love him to death, but I'm getting frustrated. I don't have a crate (can't afford one right now), but I've shown him the toy that he's chewed; sternly said NO and put him on the back porch with one of his toys.
Walmart has crates that are about $60, if I remember correctly. You can invest in the crate or spend the money replacing what the puppy chews - your call. You'll find that the crate is a major TOOL for a lot of ills with the puppy. It'll keep them safe from harm as well as keeping your house safe. If he's not housebroken yet, there again the crate is a major tool. Realize that he's just being a puppy, as human children act like children and do things that you don't like until they learn better and/or grow out of whatever stage they're in. I understand how frustrating it is and I can't tell you about your budget but if there's any way you can get a crate (have you checked craigslist in your area or your local want ads?), please do so.
If money is an issue, check on craigslist. I see crates on there alot for free or cheap. I never crated any of mine, but with both hubby and i being disabled, we are home 24/7. the times that we had to both be gone, we kept them in the bathroom with bed, food and water and peanut butter filled kongs. Tiger will still get into my bears on occasion, even though she knows they are off limits to the dogs. Now when she gets into them, she brings them to me. Its like she is saying, i couldnt resist getting into them...BUT.....I didnt chew them ! lol
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
He was doing it where he would kind of chew without chewing on things...then he started destroying them again. I haven't replaced anything that he's chewed. There are enough toys that my sons won't notice some of them missing (although he still gets in trouble for ruining them). As for money being an issue, I just spent $50 for two trips to the doctor for my two year old and I'll be spending another $25 for my 11 month old on Monday...so, yeah money is kinda tight. I've heard of craigslist, but I'm not quite sure what it is...