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Hi all,
My boxer has become a destructive chewer. He shreds blankets (inside and outside of his crate) when he’s left alone for too long. He just finished recovering from a surgery, he had blanket stuck in his stomach. ?
I’ve heard horror stories that “if he did it once, he’ll do it again” and sure enough, yesterday he did it again. I checked the blanket and he did not rip any off thankfully.
Has anyone else dealt with this? Is it something he will grow out of? He really didn’t start doing this until he was about a year old, now he’s almost 2. I’m just frustrated and worried.
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Remove the blanket form his crate, if he is going to eat it he doesn't need it in there.
Try to keep a better eye on him when he is out ... and keep those type thing out of his reach.

It could be a life long thing..
I've had one pass away from eating a sock
I've got another right now that will eat a sock if he gets in the mood (with 9 & 10 yr old boys.. there tends to be sock around..lol)
Is it something you can break.. maybe but you need some help from a trainer.
Chances are it will take a very firm correction to make him rethink eating a blanket.
 

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Thanks for your reply. Yes I have a feeling it will take a firm correction but he NEVER does it when we are around. I guess I will just have to leave him in his crate with nothing when we are not around.
 

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Kai use to do this when he was younger even at 1 -1 1/2 and he would only do it at night when crated. We just took it away and all the beds as he would shred them. We were afraid he would eat them and end up with an obstruction. I once had a dog that grabbed a sock and ate it, we weren't sure but when I went to pick them up I noticed one of the kids socks were missing, we went right to the vet and he gave her something to throw up and sure enough there was the sock. I felt bad for Kai sleeping on the plastic so we purchased a primo bed with tie downs. He has never chewed it or pulled it up. He slept in his crate at nigh until maybe 6 months ago, now he is loose al l the time and sleeps on a chair size futon mattress in my daughters room.
 

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Our brindles like to play with the blankets - they will crawl under them and want you to play with them on the other side, or they play with each other (one under, one out). We taught our older boxer that he can play tug-o-war with small felt-like blankets with us, but not our bed blankets/ comforters.

Our new puppy has been more of a challenge as he's clawed up a comforter that was covering our ottoman. Through consistency in correcting him, he has learned that he can't claw or chew on anything except the felt-like blankets. I guess we are lucky that he has not tried to eat pieces of them -or the comforter stuffing. I'd recommend watching and correcting the behavior when (if) you see it- aside from your note to keep him crated.

He was a sock thief too, and luckily never tried to eat one. He's about 9 months now and aside from new things being introduced, he knows what he can and can't chew on.

You may be doing this already - I'd make sure there are lots of chew sturdy toys for the puppy. It takes practice, but try to keep a toy handy so that if he starts to chew on anything he shouldn't, you take that away w/ a 'no' (or however you correct) and give him what he can chew on and praise/ play.

I wish you luck.
 

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Boxers making "poor choices" is nothing new??? And I must say if he is doing this stuff at two years old, you've done well to get him to this age! Boxers have a hard enough time living to ripe old age without adding stupid crap to the equation! :chair:

But the clock is ticking! And he has apparently proven, that left to his own devices ... he makes pretty crappy choices! Fine then, if he can't make "good choices??" Then take that choice away from him! All issues stem from home! If he can't make "good choices" then he gets to make "no choices!"

He's a "tool" and you already know that. Take him at his word. No bedding material material in the crate! No free roaming in the home! Outdoors is for play indoors is to "chill." Inside he goes into his "crate" bedding free or he goes to "place!" Period end of story.

No free roaming in the house! No furniture privileges, he no longer gets to choose, how to behave "you" tell him what to do, always! Train "Place" do "Sit on the dog" and "Walk Him!"

He does not get to make independent decisions. More rules and more structure, you need to "train "calmness," into him and it is actually a "thing" and it looks like this.:
http://www.boxerforums.com/training/183298-fearful-anxious-flat-crazy-place-command.html

If you can't think that well dog?? Then don't think at all! Some dogs are good at independent decisions and some dogs ... not so much??? If you can't think that well (dog) ... then "don't think at all!!" Just do as I say!
 

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Hi all. Thanks for all your feedback. This is so frustrating because he is very calm when we’re home and loves his crate. It’s just he gets disruptive when we leave him home alone. I’m going to exercise him more and no bedding in the crate when we leave.
I can’t believe he picked up this behavior around the age of 1. He was such a great puppy, never chewed ANYTHING, his toys rarely even got destroyed. Hopefully he grows out of this!
 

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Great to know about going to the vet right when (or if) he shreds something to make him vomit. That is so much better than surgery.
 
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