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Old 01-01-2013, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our boxer, Dozer, is about 5 or 6 months old. I know that puppies in general chew and destroy things. However, Dozer is to the EXTREME. He chews things and also takes things outside through the dog door. He does it when we are home and when we are gone. He takes things outside, chews on them, then leaves them out there. Our backyard is usually covered with socks, plastic bags, torn up napkins, diapers, pieces of wood, underwear, and anything that he can find on the kitchen table. All my dogs have an assortment of dog toys - different sizes and textures. Does anyone have any ideas on how we can stop Dozer from doing this ALL THE TIME???
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Kennel when you're gone perhaps. And when your there you've got to teach him he isn't allowed on the table and not allowed to have things that aren't his. When my Rosco was really chewing a lot I stocked up on a lot of rawhide bones. After a while he didnt chew things anymore just his bones or toys. Good luck!


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Yes, we are going to buy a large kennel to put him in when we are gone. We came home last night and found grocery bags chewed up (they were on the counter), my brand new ink cartridge chewed up (inside a crate on the table) and napkins everywhere. I thought I had the house proofed pretty well, but apparently not. When we see him chewing on things that he shouldn't, we walk up to him, tell him no, take it from him and give him a toy. But this doesn't seem to be working AT ALL.

Does anyone have any types or brands of toys that are good for this problem?
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Definitely crate him when you're gone to protect him, as well as your belongings. While you're home, close off all rooms you can't see, or baby gate them - that's what we do. If he's grabbing stuff in the room where you are, I'd tether him to you so he can't get to the items, while you're working on the training.

Does he like bully sticks? We give our dogs a frozen Kong with a think layer of peanut butter smeared around the inside of it when we leave to go to work. They don't even notice we're leaving when they're going after this treat! Freezing it makes it last longer.

Your dog may also need more exercise than he's currently getting. A tired boxer is a good boxer! Dempsey has recently started jogging with my husband (a 5k at least 4-5 days a week. In addition, I throw the Frisbee or his rope toy outside for about 20 minutes a day. In nasty weather, you can throw the toy to the top of the stairs (if you have them) and have him play fetch this way. I've seen people on another forum recommend a flirt pole, which I haven't tried, but it looks like an interesting possibility.
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^^^exactly what I'm thinkin


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Our girls get Kongs with frozen peanut butter in them when we leave for long periods. Also if you are looking at a kennel check Craigslist or your local classifieds. You can usually find good ones for a decent price. We got Murphy's kennel on Craigslist. We just brought it home & I scrubbed the tray that sits on the bottom.
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Chewing everything up is very typical behavior of A. Boredom and B. teething. I love the recommendations of the others, with the exception of the rawhide. Please please PLEASE do not give him rawhide bones of any kind!! They are extremely dangerous. Dogs of this size and mouth/ bite intensity can get big pieces off and they will cause an obstruction. It is very very dangerous, very expensive and is life or death. Some owners on here don't rec antlers- as they can break teeth off chewing on them if not careful-but I have had tremendous success with deer antlers, and antlers dont splinter or get big pieces off. They are our 9 mo old's favorite toy and the ONLY thing he won't chew up. Be aware- the chewing things up will only get worse- even after teething- our guy eats everything and I mean everything he can get ahold of- paper, toilet paper, leaves, Christmas tree ornaments, the couch. Grrrr --- he tolerated a towel in his crate til he was 6 mo and then all of a sudden he hated it. Now he shreds bath towels to pieces. He can't have any kind of soft dog bed or comforter because he rips the stuffing out. Also, please be careful of squeaker toys. The squeakers can also cause an obstruction if eaten. The only toys our guy gets are ropes, antlers, and kongs. He even ate - yes ate a hard plastic "indestructible" nylabone.


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We have a chewer, too. (7 months old). Fortunately, she now knows what she can chew on (although, she does forget sometimes LOL). We give her lots of play time & DEFINITELY crate her when we're gone. I'm sure she'd get into tons of mischief if we left her out.
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Thanks for all your replies! And reading them reminded me of something that I have been wanting to do, which is exercise Dozer more. We have 3 other dogs and a huge yard, so he gets lots of "play" time and will just randomly start running laps across our yard. However, I would love to take him running with me while I ride our ATV. We have LOTS of snow right now, which is why I have put "exercise" on the back burner. However, I think I'll take him running later today. From what I have seen, that dog can easily run a couple of miles with no problem. And when the snow clears up, I will take him jogging with me - I love having a companion while I jog. I think if he gets one good run in everyday that will make a big difference in his energy level and boredom.

I also went online last night and did some searching for good dog toys. I ended up spending $100 on toys, so I hope it helps! I bought a few different kinds of "Busy Buddy" toys and some big chew toys for large, agressive chewers. I will give him these whenever we leave the house, that way they will be "special" and he won't get bored with them as quickly.

My husband also installed a "half door" in our hallway that leads to our kids' rooms - Dozers favorite spot to find "goodies". Now none of the dogs can get into either bedroom or their bathroom. This has helped a great deal, however Dozer still finds things anywhere else in the house. But last night he did really well and sat with the other dogs and played with their box of dogs toys for about 2 hours.
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Okay, so after seeing a few boxers on here very happy with their "jolly balls", I went online and bought 2 jolly balls for my dogs - 6 in. and 10 in. They better like them!
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