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Inappropriate Chewing in 1 year old dog

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by lumineuse, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. lumineuse

    lumineuse Puppy

    Hi everyone,

    it's me again but with a different topic this time. Maybe there's a similar post to this one, sorry, my search function didn't work right now (slow PC) but I will try again later.

    Our dog is one year old now, so the puppy teething phase is clearly over, but he still loves to chew. He gets tons of chew toys, we found a couple that he really, really likes. And I sometimes give him bully sticks or something similar to satisfy his need for chewing.

    But yesterday, we left him in the car and this has always worked well so far, but this time, he chewed out the stuffing of my back seat. Not extremely dramatic, as the car is old and it's only visible from the trunk. Still...
    He was in there for only 15min while we checked out a construction site.

    When he is home alone for 4 hours in the morning (until 11am), it works well most of the time, as we still have the apartment puppy proofed (closed sockets, no cables lying around etc) but if we forget something, he definitely works on it like crazy.

    Last time I was in a restaurant with him, where he always behaves very calm and good. So I didn't notice that under our table he was chewing up a cable of a lamp. I only realized when the electricity in the restaurant went out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    How dangerous! I am so glad nothing else happened. The restaurant owner was very lovely and understanding and didn't even want my insurance information! Will definitely go back, but want to avoid anything like that from happening again!

    What can I do?

    I sometimes feel, he really doesn't understand me and what I want from him. I mean, I have been replacing inappropriate chew toys with suitable ones from the get go. First day: No shoes, take this. No cable chewing, slap on the butt (danger!).... He doesn't get it. Or he doesn't care.
    He gets exercise, but not in the early morning, as he's used to us staying in until 11 am, even if we are home.
    When I'm at work, I get back at 11, too. So that's when we go for a walk usually.
    When we're home with him, he seems very calm, and relaxed. He usually gets up at 6am with me, goes potty, eats his food, and then goes back to sleep until 10 or 11.
    So, it doesn't seem like he is bored and has got pent up energy.

    Any tipps? I'd be thankful.

    It seems I should discourage him by putting something gross, an awful smell or something on the things he shouldn't chew.
    Am I right?
    What can I do?
    Will he ever change? Hahahhaha, is this something he might still grow out of?

    Thanks so much!
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  2. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Doesn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    I am terribly sorry, but the visuals of the chewed up car seat and the lights going out in the restaurant made me roar with laughter, because it brings back memories of our dogs when they were young.

    And therein ('young') is the key, IMHO: your dog is still a youngster and is a ... dog. Those two factors make it hard for him to be on the same page as you are when it comes to appropriate or inappropriate chewing. Time will help, and continued close supervision will support the learning process. FWIW: we tried Bitter Apple spray on stuff that was chewed on, and it didn't do a thing - the sofa cushions were just as tasty :)
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  3. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    Oh how scary about the whole chewing electrical chords and stuff! :eek: Glad the owner was really nice and understanding about it. It seems to me he did that one out of boredom?
    Dogs chew for many reasons some you mentioned above such as boredom, stress, pent up energy, separation anxiety, just the need/feel/want to chew. He may or may not grow out of it but usually they do. How is his overall obedience training? You are doing the right thing as far as teaching him what is an appropriate chewing toy and what is not. Just continue with it and reward him when he gets it right. I would consider crating when he is left alone. Most importantly to keep him safe so he doesn't eat something and hurt himself. When you guys do go out to a restaurant or what not I would bring along a flavored Nylabone or smoked marrow to keep him entertained until he is trained. He is only 1. He is still young. I know it's hard sometimes... believe me... but try to be patient and really consistent with his training. NILF- Good luck!!

    (Idk why this didn't post before but the site saved it! Haha awesome!!) On a side note, Hi maddie mom!!! we missed you!!!
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  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Our new guy is estimated to be 1 yr 10 mos and he chews on electrical cables too; it totally freaks me out!
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  5. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    My pup is almost 13 months, and she still likes to chew on things. It's very normal, bored, restless, curious puppy behavior. I was feeling a little bad for her today, because the older dogs have nice beds in their crates.
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  6. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Leslie, people think we mistreat Teddy or something because of what we have in his crate, but we think he will choke or get a blockage on an off day. He inconsistently eats bedding and tears things up. At first we couldn't have anything in his crate. People came over and told us he needed stuff in there. We tried to tell them how he could harm himself if he eats his bedding.
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  7. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    Did do on the bedding. There's only a couple of things he has that can stay in his crate.
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