can you please help me. my 3 months old lab is chewing everything in sight these last few days .
he even chews up his pee pads that i have for him i just keep them down when i'm out as when i'm in he tells me he needs the toilet. he is trying to tell me he doesn't need them down ?
Hi Anne Ben is adorable, but I guess he's being a bit of a handful right now!
All puppies chew stuff, it's normal, and some pups tend to chew or be more 'mouthy' than others. Labradors are known for being chewers and they have pretty strong jaws too.
First of all I'd recommend that you read my Puppy Chewing page, as it has lots of tips and advice on dealing with this. You may also want to check out my Puppy Biting page as well as you may need that too. Both these behaviors peak during the teething stage, but after about 6 or 7 months of age it starts to ease off.
Make sure that he has tons of safe, sturdy chew toys (see my Indestructible Dog Toys page for ideas and suggestions), and always correct him and redirect his attention to his own toys when he starts chewing on something he shouldn't.
Pee pee pads are a common target I'm afraid as most pups see them more as toys than as toilets. They make a horrible mess when chewed up and aren't good for eating, so I'd recommend either using a doggie litter tray instead or getting a crate and crate training your pup. Crate training is by far the easiest and best way to housebreak a pup and as Ben already knows to 'ask' to go outside, and is 3 months old he should easily pick up this method. Check out my Crate Training A Puppy page to learn everything you need to know about this.
Labs are also very smart dogs and very eager to please their owners, if you're consistent, patient and loving in your training and discipline Ben will soon learn what is expected of him. Best of luck with him.