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Old 12-25-2019, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our dog has started chewing the molding around our sliding glass door. Bitter apple does nothing to deter him. I don't know what do. He already chewed a corner molding from another wall. Is this something biological or a behavior issue? He's going to literally eat me out of house and me.

Any suggestions on what to do?
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Old 12-25-2019, 08:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When you catch him issue a stern "NO" and hand him something more appropriate like a kong toy stuffed with peanut butter or give him a Nyla bone or some other chew toy. How old is your dog? If a puppy this should settle down with age and when teething time passes. Maybe more exercise as well if he is tired he will less likely be bored into chewing. Good luck sometimes bad habits are very hard to break. I know about the molding chewing my 10month old male I it to my front door but it was because I left him home alone.
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Old 12-25-2019, 08:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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He just turned 6 months. It's just something he started. He has a million chew toys but opts for the weird stuff. I'll try to give him a toy when/if I catch him again.
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At 6 months he still needs supervision as he will still chew. up to 10 months I understand their teeth are setting into their jaws s o they are still teething though not that razor type stuff. Also a bored dog will. I'd say for now try and keep him away from corner moldings etc before it becomes habit. Continue to spray the bitter apple as it doesn't last very long, though I've never found it very useful but many do.
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Old 12-26-2019, 01:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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He just turned 6 months. It's just something he started. He has a million chew toys but opts for the weird stuff. I'll try to give him a toy when/if I catch him again.
We have a few places around our house that we need to fix the wood. Between the three of our boys- when they were puppies- there's a bit of damage. Our boys had lots of toys and other things...there's something about the wood that they like. We had to keep a close eye on them and keep them contained when we were out. They outgrew it, aside from their learning it was not OK. The bitter sprays didn't work for us.

I've heard some people use spray bottles and squirt the dog with water when they do it....on Lucky Dog (TV show) they've used a noisy container and a "No" (like a can with dry beans or the like). There are probably manufactured shakers, but you could easily make one in a plastic bottle w/ dry beans or marbles...

As for the age, our older boys stopped when they were closer to a year old. Our youngest boxer still found places to chew until he was around 1.5 years old. It was very sporadic, so it's hard to catch them all the time, especially when you think they are over that stage...
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Old 12-26-2019, 02:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I put a gate up to keep him from that back room but his food is in that room too. So I always try to keep an ear up to listen for the rumbling of the food dish. If I don't hear that I go and check on him. I have to get a spray bottle going.
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Old 12-26-2019, 08:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I wouldn't bother with the bitter apple sprays, it really doesn't fix the behavior, if he doesn't like the taste he will just find something else to chew.

Will he try chewing the molding in front of you? If not, then I wouldn't leave him unsupervised.

If he does chew the molding in front of you, I would leash him up and any time he started going for the molding give him a correction and at the same time say "no!". Just stand there doing that until he won't even look at the molding. It will take time and repetition, but my rule with any of my dogs in the house was, nothing is yours unless I say so.

I'm also a fan of "sit on the dog" for good house manners. There is a thread on here about it and exactly how to apply it. Really easy to do if you are watching tv, or just relaxing
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Old 12-26-2019, 09:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The "Catching him" doing it, is gonna be the "tricky part??" But of course (from Cat World, I got a plan.

The simplest and most straightforward solution, is off course to "Crate Your Dog" or you know "Crate" Train your puppy. Cuz you know, you can't control your dog or puppy ... "if you don't know where they are???"

A free roaming, Puppy or Dog, can be the "Source" of a lot of "Issues???" Most serious "Pro's" don't have "issues," like this one of the "Pro's" I follow and tend to recommend is "Larry Krhon" this guy.:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCor...YbHCrOa3nddr6g


And with "puppies??" He keeps them using a Crate, for two years??? Before he deems his "dog's reliable "free roaming indoors!!" Now that is admittedly, seriously "Hard Core!"
But if you have a "Zero Threshold" for any damage at all done by a "puppy or dog," in the home when you aren't there??? Well you know ... that will "Guarantee It." IE no free roaming in the home and "Crate Time if the dog/puppy will be out of site or an Ex-pen, for brief periods of time also.

If you have a "Zero Tolerance" for crap behavior indoor's?? Well a "Crate Trained," Puppy or Dog, is how "One can Guarantee," no damage to the home period, end of story!

On GSD Forum, most of the "newbies" having serious issues ( if the dog's, settled for chewing up molding,) those owners would be thrilled.

A lot of the intangibles that come from "Crate Training" would be of great benefit to those "struggling with "issues."

But hey this is "Boxerforum" and as a general "Crating" our dog's is not really how we tend to roll?? By and large our dog's and puppy's tend to break all the rules for establishing "Good Discipline??' Our dog's, puppies do tend to "free roam in the home. they do sleep in our bed's and they do get up on the furniture! And yep most of them are given that "Privilege" by 6 month's if gotten as puppy's???

Well I don't know the full answer?? As to why many have no issues leaving there puppies at 6 month's old, "Home Alone" and have no or minimal issues?? But at least a part of it "has to because" they can't get into, trouble because they are always, well under foot as it were?? They can't really destroy stuff because we tend to know where they are. SO yeah you can tell them "NO," if required and no extra effort required.

You could live in a 10,000 sq ft Mansion and for most "Puppies," it would not matter cuz barring intervention ... they will be where you are???

And by hanging close ... they just tend to "learn" what is acceptable indoor behavior?? So you know ... if that is the case?? Not much effort required to have a well behaved "Free Roaming Pup??" Cuz uh indoors, they don't tend to free roam anywhere???

Now that is just a "theory on part??' As my "puppy's," I have never Crate Trained. And my new Boxer/APBT mix that was one year old when I got her. Was "Crate Trained."

She would spend anywhere from 8 to 12 hours a day in her Crate without issue.

I think she spent maybe a week in her Crate at nigh and that was only because I also had four cat's! And uh she did not live with cat's so yeah ... But, that "issue" was solved in short order. And for the first week?? She slept in her Crate in the living Room. Cuz of the Cat's but that issued solved. I moved her Crate to the Bed room with me.

And while "Bella" had no issue with that arrangement?? Sleeping in her crate in the bed room with me. It was too much for me! So she spent exactly one night in the bed room in her crate with me. And while was good with it. I could not handle it!

So night number two and up on the bed she goes! So yeah ... the "Crate" thing was a bit to much for me ... my bad.

Still there is more than one way to solve this "issue." And as general rule, I tend to favor an "indirect approach??" Instead of fighting a behavior I don't want?? I train a behavior I do want.

The "Place Command" and Sit on the Dog." Those are thing's that should be done and "trained with every dog/puppy," issues or not! Once you train the "Place Command," you won't need a "Crate" to stop this particular behavior ... anyway, but yeah that takes time.

But the "detail's can be found here. :
https://www.boxerforums.com/training...e-command.html

Now that is all well and good in the long run ... but not much use at the moment?? So"plan B" as it were you can try one of these.:

https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Deter.../dp/B0721735K9

Now I have no idea if it would work or not?? But in "theory??" It should and if it doesn't ... just send it back.
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Old 12-27-2019, 10:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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We do crate him but when I know I'm gonna work a long time we send him to day care for the day. It's hard to watch him 24/7. He just started chewing the molding. Maybe it was just a week thing because he hasn't done it again yet. Every time i think he's back there doing it and I go back to check on him, he's just chewing on his deer antler.
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Old 12-28-2019, 07:20 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I think its great you take him somewhere you have to work a long day. Its really hard on puppies being alone a lot. My last two boxers have had a serious wood fetish I have a few pieces of furniture that show teeth marks. My girl is the older one and she is almost 2 she does not chew on things anymore. My boy who is almost 1 will still do it. I left him alone one day for the first time as I had to take my girl to the Vet I was only gone like 1/2 hr and he chewed the door frame on the front door. He only did this because he was alone he has never done it when she is home with him. I hope he will outgrow this stuff soon, he has been kinda slow to mature. Neither one of my dogs would tolerate a crate.
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