I rescued a stray dog, we really love him, but he chews everything in sight. Need help to cure this so we can keep him.
Elizabeth in FL
Get him a variety of good things to chew. There is a line of dog bones called Nyla-bones that come in different flavors and hardness. Every time he is caught chewing the wrong thing, take the bad thing and replace it with a dog bone to chew. He'll learn that he can only chew certain items that way. You just have to train him to chew the things you want. Dogs chew.
You shouldn't try to stop that behavior entirely. Just praise him when he chews his dog toys and bones. And say "no" when he chews the wrong things. He'll catch on fast. I promise he will love Nyla-bones. You can find them at any pet supermarket. (08/20/2009)
Go to the local Farm and Fleet store, or Feed store and buy some Bitter Yuk, or a product like it. You can put it on your furniture and it will not stain it. Keep it away from the dogs toys and eventually he/she will not attempt to chew on anything, but what you give him. It will only take a small amount after the first few doses. Just catch the dog chewing something, spray it and let the dog go back to chewing. You will be surprised at how quickly the dog will break itself. Also works great if the dog gets an infection or mites, is skin safe. (08/20/2009)
Has your dog got a crate to go in when you are out? I have 2 staffs that share a crate when we are not there and they have never chewed and love their bed. (09/08/2009)
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