My daughter has a 8 month old pit that is chewing up everything! She just called, he chewed up her new glasses this morning, the old ones a while back. Anyway, she loves this pit so much and doesn't want to get rid of him. She has crated him, he still shows her no signs of catching on. How can she stop this before she has to seek the alternative?
Judy from Leighton, AL
Almost all puppies go through a chewing phase that starts at about 3-4 months old and lasts for several months. This is the period when they are shedding their puppy teeth and gaining their adult teeth. Some breeds are worse than others. Labs are probably the worst in general but most of the large breeds are pretty bad.
First, you must puppy proof your house. Put up anything you don't want chewed. Have lots of chew toys available to them at all times. The best that I know of are the Kong toys. They are virtually indestructible and are hollow so you can pack them with treats and the dog will be occupied for hours trying to work them out. Also consider looking for a good dog trainer to work with you. There are no bad dogs, only poorly trained ones. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation. Many veterinarians also offer training services. (07/05/2006)
Our Yorkie did this and, of course, nothing under $200.00 was chewed or destroyed so we kept our eyes on him 24/7. We were consistent and squirted him with water bottles or toy water guns which he did NOT like so he quit chewing and, of course, provided PLENTY of chew toys. Also, we praised him loudly when he played nice with chew toys. He LIKED that so he caught on quickly. Be even with your discipline and they catch on. (07/10/2006)
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