Our 1yr. old maltipoo likes to chew on furniture. She has a good amount of toys and gets lots of attention, but yet still finds time to chew away.
Not sure on how to train her not to chew up all of furniture. Loves corners of all end tables etc.
Also loves to play bite. Sometimes out of control!
She is pretty good about doing her business outside, but I think that is mainly because we stay on top of it pretty well. We are still waiting on some type of sign that she needs to go out. She does not seem to have one.
We do not think that she was properly house trained with previous owner. Got her only three months ago.
Concerned about taking much longer being that she is now 1yr. old.
Is it going to be harder for a while being that she is 1yr. old now?
Any detailed advice on how to stop this little cutie from ruining our furniture further?
Thanks! The O'Connor family
Hi Most pups start to wind down on the chewing once they reach maturity, and at 1 year old your dog is getting to that point. It doesn't stop overnight, but gradually decreases.
However, chewing is stress-relieving behavior in dogs, and as you've only had your pup a few months, she may be chewing as a way of reducing her anxiety levels.
Giving her lots of safe, sturdy toys is important, as is supervision. I would recommend a puppy play pen or crate for times when you are not able to be watching over her. That way she doesn't have the opportunity to chew on forbidden items, and it breaks the habit she's getting into.
Sprays like 'Bitter Apple' (available at petstores) used on furniture/items that you don't want her to chew on often works. However, some dogs don't seem to mind the taste! Hot pepper sauce smeared on wires, table legs/corners and so on can work, but it's messy so you need to be careful when applying it.
Other than that it's really just a case of time and patience. She will eventually stop this behavior, as she matures and settles into her new surroundings.
If she chews excessively when left alone, she could be suffering from some separation anxiety, again perhaps as a reaction to the recent changes in her life.
If she wasn't consistently housetrained in her previous home, then it may take a while for her to get the hang of it. Although it sounds as though she's doing pretty well. Again, I would suggest a crate to help with this. crate training is the quickest and easiest way to house break a dog of any age.