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Walls and baseboards

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by RichJack, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    I am sure some of you had this beautiful experience of coming home and finding your baseboards or part of walls missing. Haha.
    My pup has been great but lately she's been nibbling on wooden panels that I have coming up from my baseboards including the baseboards themselves but not as much.
    She has plenty of chew toys that she loves to chew when we're home...but for some reason she would nibble one, two or three times on a wall each day. No complete destruction but after a month or so...I will have to change the panels.
    We've tried hot sauce, anti-chew spray, vinegar, placing chew toys near the spots, etc. As soon as we would come home she would greet my wife and I....and dance around us when we walk in...but when she had chewed on something, after greeting us...she stays away from the area as she knows she did something she wasn't supposed to. So she knows she's done something bad.

    What have you done to stop this behavior?
     
  2. Madeleinemom

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

    Is there any way you can isolate her from these irrestible wooden architectural 'chew toys', when you are not home? Is she crate trained?
     
  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator Premium Member

  4. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    She is not crate trained. The pup has access to the entire downstairs. Kitchen, living room, hall and mud room. She does not chew on any furniture, shoes, clothing or anything else...this wall/baseboard thing just started a few weeks ago out of the blue. Its possible that behavior might have been triggered after I did buy her some of that 'fake wood" from a pet store to chew on?
     
  5. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    Wow...probably cheaper to replace the baseboards next year. Haha. Its too late for some of the corners...I'll just replace them next year.
    But thanks, never knew such things existed, will think about them in the future for sure.
     
  6. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator Premium Member

    Try lemons. Rub some lemon juice on the baseboards and see what the dog does.
    Also, I'm sure you can get much cheaper baseboard covers than the one example I gave you. How much exercise does the dog get?
     
  7. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    I think she gets enough exercise. Daily games of tug, for the most part 2 walks a day....good hr in the park running after sticks, etc.
     
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  8. Madeleinemom

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

    It's entirely possible that she developed a 'taste' for the feel and texture of wood-like substances after she got to experience the chew toys.
    Would you consider crate training her?
     
  9. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Oh, lord, mistake number one....puppy having run of the house! Get her crate trained! x'D
     
  10. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    I've decided not to crate train her from the start. Just my choice and I realize and did know at the time that there is a risk of the pup destroying something. She used the pee pads from the start, let's me know when she wants to go outside, etc. She's amazingly smart and learns a lot very quickly (I know, I know, everyone can say that about their baby :p). She has been a model pup the entire time until she started doing this and I believe it might have been from some toys she's gotten.
    But after trying different methods I am slowly running out of options.
    She doesnt destroy the baseboards, she nibbles on it once or twice and thats it. I do believe she does it closer to 5pm when she's up and waiting for me to come home. Probably just anxious for me to show up. I know that because the boards are wet from her saliva when I get home so it must be happening just before I get there. And she doesnt do it everyday either.

    I will try the lemon as suggested above, havent tried that yet. But are there any other options/substances that would help in turning the pup away from an area?
     
  11. Madeleinemom

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

    Baby gate an area for her, so as to at least minimize the damage radius?
     
  12. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    Yes I've done that before but saw no real difference. She doesnt bite on the boards everywhere...just in the mud room where Id walk into the house from. So just the one area. I am pretty sure she sits there just before I get home, is anxious to see me...looks for something to occupy her and BAM. lol
     
  13. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    You might want to consider crate training as a pup, not because you want to crate her now, but if for some reason in the future she needs to spend some time in a crate.
     
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  14. Mister

    Mister Little Dog

    Crate training is essential in my book for any bulldog being kept indoors. Known of em to chew up all sorts sofas, beds, wires, carpets etc. Also know of one that pulled a tv and it's bracket of the wall. Worse are the few I've known to go through windows after cats and dogs in the street, best imho to keep these dogs confined when unattended.
     
  15. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    I must say that a 50/50 mix of lemon juice and vinegar in a spray bottle is doing the trick.
    The pup started making funny faces and sneezing as soon as she sniffed it.....unlike hot sauce or other sprays that she immediately licked after applying. So far so good......
     
  16. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Maybe if you have room in your house you can put her in a kennel if you don't like the crate. Also, you could try an Adaptil collar or the plug in if you keep her confined to one room.
     
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