Does anyone know how to stop a dog from eating furniture? I cannot cage them together or separate them as they get so agitated, they hurt themselves. There are 2 of them. One is over a year and the other one is about 9 months. If I confine them in one room they tear up the paneling or paper on the walls. Thank you.
By Ray from Concord, NC
I'd crate train them. I know that you stated that they get agitated if you cage them, whether separate or apart, but it seems that they are also agitated when they're left out in your house, as evidence by their chewing/eating furniture.
To crate train, you put the dog in the crate (separate from each other) whenever you can't be right there to keep them safe and keep your home and furniture safe. That way, they can't ruin your things and also can't get themselves into danger from splinters from eating wooden furniture or getting into some poisons or swallowing something large enough to choke on. There are dangers to them in leaving them have free roam in your home.
Crating the dogs also means you can be nicer to them (you don't have to yell or otherwise discipline them for getting into humbuck).
You don't mention what kind of dogs you have. Knowing the breed might help folks give you advice.
Good luck. (07/14/2009)
Try Bitter Apple Spray, you can get it at the pet store. It worked on mine.
Crating is good, and so is bitter apple. I didn't want to drop ten bucks on a bottle, so I used my all purpose safe to have around recipe, a small spray bottle of water with crushed hot pepper and soaked over night. I have two puppies slowly trying to eat the last wooden window in the house, a big bay one that I'm saving to replace, where they hang out and watch the world.
I just had surgery and I am poor, so I used it, and they definitely noticed. It has to be reapplied every couple days, because it will take that long for them to remember and keep testing favorite spots. I also use this on plants outside for bugs and deer.
The way I was taught to cage train a dog was incentive. Hide small treats in the crates, and then put them in. After a while, they associate the crate with security (like a den) and mine hang in there even if they don't have to. If thunder claps, look out-here go three dogs to their little "houses". (07/16/2009)
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