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Old 09-05-2010, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aster is a spayed 10 month old brindle boxer. I love her to death but I cannot handle her chewing. It seems that it has gotten way worse the last month or so. She chews ALL of my 4 year old toys, every pair of underwear that she can get a hold of and i wont even get into the shoe problem. She has even started climbing on things to get things to chew. My friend left his motorcycle helmet and gloves on a shelf in the garage and she actually drug items over to climb up and get them to chew! Getting rid of her is not an option so I need to figure out a solution. I am a stay at home mom so she isnt left alone and i have gotten her every chew toy imaginable. when i do find her chewing something, I take it away from her, tell her "no, no, no!" and then give her one of her toys. I just dont know what else to do. She even ripped up my $400 comforter! I got a replacement and today I found a small rip in my new one! I hope someone has some ideas/suggestions before I kill her! (not literally of course!)

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Mine will be a year this month a wee came home today and he chewed the Wii cord and the flap off the front controls on our 62" tv! Needless to say my husband wasn't thrilled. He loves flip flops and pencils, we wondered when its going to stop, and fear for our new leather ottoman. We have heard of bitter spray, that's suppose to stop this, but have yeat to try it. We did find having lots of toys with different textures, and sounds,etc. help and we put them out all around the room before we leave. Some times he goes weeks and then, my new zebra candle. I dont get it either, but you are not alone.
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is why Rocco is crate trained! If I can't be with him, he has to be in the crate - he would literally eat my home.

I envy people who say they can leave their dogs home alone for 8-10 hours with free-range of the home. Not me. Not only would he eat the house - I think he would fling the cats around by their tails!

I have bought just about every chew toy imagineable and Rocco think the best things to chew are the rugs. He does love this one toy that looks like a jack made out of blue plastic but he can chew it apart so I can't leave him alone with it. I put peanut butter in Kong toys and freeze it for when we leave - keeps him busy for a little bit!

I think they go through another teething phase plus a rebellious teenage phase around this age so that may explain the behavior. If you figure something out, let me know! Don't give up.
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I tried that bitter apple as well. soaked things in it actually. but i think aster actually likes the taste... she chewed the bitter apple stuff more than all the other stuff! *sigh* hopefully we can come up with some other things to try. thanks for the advice though!
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Hate to be the one to say it, but your pup needs EXERCISE!! And, unfortunately, running around the yard or playing with toys doesn't count. You need to walk her, tire her out. A bored puppy is a destructive puppy. So, since the weather's really nice still, and I'm not sure how old your children are, but maybe a walk with a friend, the dog and the kids will do the trick Good luck!
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Hate to be the one to say it, but your pup needs EXERCISE!! And, unfortunately, running around the yard or playing with toys doesn't count. You need to walk her, tire her out. A bored puppy is a destructive puppy. So, since the weather's really nice still, and I'm not sure how old your children are, but maybe a walk with a friend, the dog and the kids will do the trick Good luck!
I second that... Rocky starts getting into a bit of trouble when he is bored. I make sure he gets out at least 4 times a week to run at the dog park or while I am disc golfing.. He goes on walks during the week as well.. As soon as I slack on getting him out he starts acting like a fool LOL! So it is my priority to keep him exercised. I was aware of this when I decided to get a boxer and intend to keep our routine... Otherwise he may eat my couch! Plus it is very healthy for them to get out and socialize
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I second that... Rocky starts getting into a bit of trouble when he is bored. I make sure he gets out at least 4 times a week to run at the dog park or while I am disc golfing.. He goes on walks during the week as well.. As soon as I slack on getting him out he starts acting like a fool LOL! So it is my priority to keep him exercised. I was aware of this when I decided to get a boxer and intend to keep our routine... Otherwise he may eat my couch! Plus it is very healthy for them to get out and socialize
I guess you guys are prolly right... I try to walk her around the block a few times a week and she plays in the pool a few times as well.... but I am sure she does need more exercise. to be honest, i hadnt even associated the two. See this is why I love these boards! Sometimes its good to get another perspective to see what is sometimes right in front of your nose! I will let you know how it goes -
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It is sooo true. Exercise is key. If Gracie doesn't get her walks or play time at the beach, I can almost bet ninjas will pay my home a visit and shred a pillow or two! I've had to hire a doggy walker on my long days at work and wkend mornings at the beach is imperative for us! It's great for their socialization as well. Good luck!
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LOL, you guys!!! A tired dog is a GOOD dog!!!
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A tired dog is a GOOD dog!!!
Yes.. Rocky is being so good right now!!... He is passed out sleeping upside down airing out his bits lol... We went disc golfing earlier I must admit that he got into a bit of trouble and didn't get to run like he normally does though.. He went running after someone across the field because he thought they needed to see him! Oh he knew he was in trouble.. But who can stay mad at a boxer face? Not me! Then we played a bit of go fetch the frisbee while we waited on a guy to come and get his phone I found on the course. It will for sure be quiet in my house the rest of the night!
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