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Anyone have any suggestions for a puppy that chews everything! My parents are getting irritated with the new puppy. Im not at home to control her! We need something indestructible that she can bite and keep herself preoccupied!
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Anyone have any suggestions for a puppy that chews everything! My parents are getting irritated with the new puppy. Im not at home to control her! We need something indestructible that she can bite and keep herself preoccupied!
Any suggestions?
kong chew toys work very well. even a pit bull or boxer has a very hard time destroying them. other option would be kennel train her so she stays in a kennel when no one is home to watch her.
 

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Those little doorway-barriers people use to keep toddlers in or out of rooms are really good for limiting the range of unsupervised puppies.

I agree about the Kong toys - they really are near-indestructible (my housemate's Staffie has only just dented a year-old black Kong) and if he's only ever encouraged to chew certain things, he will learn not to chomp on anything else. But that training requires people to be present - puppies have the attention span of very small children as far as remembering their 'lessons' go.

Limiting his ability to access things you don't want chewed, giving him a room with nothing in it you don't want chewed, with enough space to romp safely in, and providing him with chewtoys (not bones if he's not supervised, puppies are great at bone splinter disasters) will all really help in getting past this teething stage.
 

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Here's a great site that offers a few other suggestions:

http://www.canismajor.com/dog/pupbite1.html

Except I'd disagree on giving him old shoes, how can a puppy be expected to know what any particular shoe is worth....

I think this site is better:

http://www.inch.com/~dogs/chewing.html

I've used lengths of split pvc pipe to protect electrical cords, smeared with citrus oil. None of my pups ever went near them.

How old/ what breed is he?
 

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We have had many pups over the years and either crate trained them, or they were ALWAYS corralled in an area safe for them with baby gates. Usually the kitchen where the only thing that could have gotten damage was chair legs and we have never had a pup chew those thankfully, tho some do.
Find a scent the dog dislikes, be it lemon or orange or mint, vinegar.... something it visibly turns it's nose up and backs away from and dilute with water and spray that on things. This technique is used for blind dogs to stop them from crossing doorways down stairs.
If you can afford it, invest in a couple of gates that get mounted and then you can open and close without removing them. You will use them for several/many months. It's hard to climb over permanent ones lol. Good Luck!!
 

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I will try the Kong toys :) Yeah I wouldn't use an old shoe. She would end up eating all my shoes haha
 

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Yeah, try the kong. My mutt could destroy ANYTHING, even if it said 'indestructible', but she couldn't destroy the Kong. Neither could our Tibetan Mastiff, and he was HUGE.
Try filling it with fun things for her to find, like, peanut butter, treats, food, ect. Then freeze it overnight. That'll keep her busy allll day.
 

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Crate train her
pick up such things like shoes, clothes and small things she likes to chew
give her mental stimuli toys.
I use can dog food in my pug's kong/freeze it. My pug also loves veggies so I've mashed fresh veggies into a pulp and froze that in the kong. I also put her ong in the dishwasher every night for a good cleaning.
 

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Ha! Your puny dogs quail before the might of my titanic rats!
They've destroyed many a dog kong. :p

Sorry, that was irrelevant in terms of dog-training.
Funny tho.
I'm not surprised if rats could destroy kongs. I'd love to see a video of it tho:lol:
 

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I won't be surprised if she ends up destroying it... she is crazy. She chewed up her bowl and her brush
 

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I won't be surprised if she ends up destroying it... she is crazy. She chewed up her bowl and her brush
If your using plastic bowls I would recommend moving to ceramic or stainless steel. Plastic bowls can harbor alot more germs than you think. No mater how often you wash them.
 

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.. she is crazy. She chewed up her bowl and her brush
Really, she was being a 'good dog' by mauling things she can identify as belonging to herself.

Was she confined, at the time? What breed/age is she? Some dogs have a much lower tolerance to loneliness and boredom than others, and very young pups get stressed by being alone, so might require extra ways to help them feel less so.
 

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I am a dog trainer and have helped people with this issue before! Here are a few suggestions:

Crating her when no one is home to supervise. Crating is not mean, it is a nice safe spot for her :) My dog LOVES her crate, and now chooses to go in it when she wants her alone time. Your choice, some people crate, some do not.

Nylabones are great! My new puppy LOVES them :-D You can also get puzzle toys that use treats to keep the occupied. She is probably just bored, so do some training with her every day so her brain is tired! As well as lots of play time and walks before leaving her alone. A tired dog is a happy dog ;-)

Kongs are great as well, but my older dog rips them up! Even the black, super strong ones. She always manages to pull off the small, top piece of them. If you use a Kong, filling it up with peanut butter works great to keep them occupied.

Hiding treats, and filled up Kongs around the house is also a fun way to keep her occupied while you are gone. Makes her use her head and nose to find them! Treat dispensing balls are great too, just put her breakfast in it and let her go at it while you are gone.
 

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Kongs come in different levels of chewing strength. The black Kong is for the strongest chewers. I would get that and put a little peanut butter inside of it and freeze it. That will keep puppy busy longer. You can even put her kibble in there with a little plain yogurt and freeze it. Takes longer for her to get it out and keeps her busy. She will then be likely a bit more worn out afterwards. More toys the better for the chewing pup and well worth the investment to keep the rest of the house unscathed.
 

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She is a poodle. Im not sure how old she is a few months. We rescued her from a bad home, and she hates the crate so Im assuming they used it in a mean way :(. So we don't use the crate on her. we have a huge backyard so she mainly stays outside except at night. She probably chewed up her brush because she was thinking this thing equals pain haha.
I have two other dogs she loves tormenting but they are old and "hate" her... poor baby haha. Yeah the peanut butter sounds like a good idea I will def. try that
 

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She is a poodle. Im not sure how old she is a few months. We rescued her from a bad home, and she hates the crate so Im assuming they used it in a mean way :(. So we don't use the crate on her. we have a huge backyard so she mainly stays outside except at night. She probably chewed up her brush because she was thinking this thing equals pain haha.
I have two other dogs she loves tormenting but they are old and "hate" her... poor baby haha. Yeah the peanut butter sounds like a good idea I will def. try that
Exercise, mental and physical, would do wonders! Poodles are wicked smart. My Maltese x Mini Poodle needs lots of walks and training, or he's a little whirl wind lols :-D
 

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Plenty of toys and yes, Kong toys are excellent! I agree with the others here :) Its been so long since I had a puppy around. Just keep her in one or two rooms that are puppy and "baby proof" if possible. And yes, plenty of exercise before you leave and as soon as you get back. When she chews, you can firmly say "NO,Bad dog!" and put her in a room. She will get the idea.
 

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If she is a strong chewer I wouldn't recommend nylabones
I've never like nylabones, but there are some people who there who love them. I think they are best suited for dogs who aren't moderate to strong chewers as they break apart very easily.
While working at PetsMart I found ALOT of customers unhappy with the company's products.
Your dog would be better off with braided rope toys and kong toys. Teething toys can be pretty strong too.
Emma has these toys and LOVES chewing and playing with them
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4096011
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http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11624516
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11419101
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2750990&lmdn=Brand

Make sure you provide your puppy with several different kinds of toys with different texture, sounds and shapes.
 
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