My puppy is almost 7 mos old. He has always liked chewing things up but in the last month it has become increasingly out of hand.
He has begun to drag items such as his doggie bed and water bowls out the doggie door and proceeds to chew them up (the bed of course is full of poly-fil and coming home to a yard that looks like it has snowed all day is no fun). Of course we don't catch him at this so how can we correct him?
Anything is fair game for him to get and chew up. What can we do to correct this behavior? My boyfriend is ready to give the dog away and I cannot give my puppy away.
He generally is a good dog except for when he tears things up. I believe the behavior takes place either early in the morning (9:00 ish) or sometimes late in the afternoon (before 5pm). He usually eats around 6:30am and 5:00pm. Thank you for any advice you can provide.
We have an older dog (8 yrs) also and they get along fine - they play and rough house and the puppy is definitely submissive to the older dog (he does nip and taunt him sometimes but the older dog puts him in his place when he's not in the mood)
Hi Cathy Yep, I can definitely see how this could be VERY irritating and get old pretty fast. The fact that chewing things is a natural canine behavior doesn't help I know.
This does sound excessive though, and I'm wondering if perhaps your pup is bored, not getting enough exercise, suffering from a touch of separation anxiety, or maybe a bit of all of the above.
If you are gone all day, he needs you to give him at least 10 minutes strenuous exercise (a brisk walk, games of frisbee or fetch etc) before you go to work/school, and again in the evening. There's a lot of truth to the saying 'a tired puppy is a good puppy'. If he's had his exercise before you leave, he's more likely to be less stressed and more relaxed, and sleep/nap for longer periods during the day.
I would also suggest making sure you limit his access to 'chewables' as much as possible. Pick up his dog bed while you're away, give him a big, heavy tip-proof dog bowl that he can't carry around.... and ensure he has lots of sturdy, safe toys to play with. See my Indestructible Dog Toys page for ideas. Also my Separation Anxiety in Your Dog page has lots of tips and links to other pages of products and techniques that may help calm him down.
If none of these work, a crate would be my next suggestion. Keep him crated while you're at work, with a couple of safe toys, and then give him plenty of exercise and one-on-one time when you're home.
Hopefully as he matures, this chewing will diminish. It often reaches a peak at around 6 months or so, and then starts to tail off. Most adult dogs aren't chewers, so there is hope.