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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-01-2006, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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perpetual chewing machine

Our puppy 18 weeks old has decided in the last 4 days to become the incredible perpetual chewing machine. This dog has an endless supply of puppy approved chew toys but for some reason has just now decided to chew any thing and everything he is not supposed to. He has a great fondness for underwear mine, my wifes, my daughters, also for bras. Not to mention ear phones, stuffed toys, plastic of any kind and lately the wall to wall carpet. HELP. I understand that puppies chew but this is getting rediculous.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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What training measure's have you taken?

When does he normally do the big time chewing?

If you are crating him when you're gone and during the night when you sleep, he won't be able to tear anything up. Only supply him with his puppy approved toys, maybe like a kong stuffed with treats, so he knows that being in a crate for a short time is a good thing.

If you're not already, whenever you see him chewing unapproved things, scold him, take away the undies, (or if he is chewing the carpet, move him away from the area he was destroying,) then completely drop it and give him an approved toy. Make sure he finds it more interesting then the undies or carpeting; shake it and let him track it as you wave it back and forth above him. Outside, use his toys and play fetch (or if he's not fetching yet try teaching him it.)

Dogs with jobs are less likely to be destructive. Assign him "things to do", if you're not already doing so. Make him wait patiently at the other side of the kitchen area (or the room where you feed him) as you fill his bowls. Make sure he doesn't budge until you say so. Try doing more training of basic commands, such as sit, lay down, stay, come here... Then teach him the fun things, like roll over, speak, shake and shake with your other paw, catch, leave it...

The leave it command/trick might help him with leaving other things besides treats that you don't want him to play with alone.

Just a couple suggestions. I hope you get him straighted out!

Don't forget, puppies are nuts. It takes a lot and sometimes I think everyone has that moment where they wonder what in the heck did they get themselves into when they brought home a puppy, but in the long run, its well worth it.

Dakota, (my German Shepherd Dog) is turning 2 years old in March, and she's JUST starting to grow out of some puppy habits, finally. Don't give up!


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-02-2006, 08:02 PM
 
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Golden's are such a mouthy breed

You need to 1) pick up EVERYTHING that you don't want chewed, and 2) try to find some chew toys that REALLY interest him. Kongs stuffed with yummy stuff like cheese whiz, then frozen, are favorites for a lot of dogs.

Keep him on leash with you in the house, or crated if you can't watch him. Be ready to give a sharp "LEAVE IT" followed by removing the undesired object from him, and replacing it with something good to chew. He needs you to show him what is acceptable, and after he gets it, he will forget and need reminding on occassion.
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