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Why does my one year old Golden Retriever dog tear out all the stuffing in my sofa or pillows, or her toys? She shreds everything she gets in her mouth. What can be done about this? It is getting very expensive!

By JEH

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February 20, 20120 found this helpful

Your dog is bored and finding anything to entertain herself. Two things of utmost importance. Exercise once a day preferably on a leash walking or playing with her in a fenced in yard, Then buy her some raw femur bones at the grocery store in the meat department.

Ask the butcher if they have them or if not can they order them. The prepackaged smoked flavored ones will do but less preferable due to additives, Pet supply places have them that are sterilized, Again, the plain ones without fake flavored filling.

Avoid rawhide, cow hooves. etc. at all cost (very dangerous), as can cause stomach blockage and or choking.They not at all nutritious and does not get the dog the enough exercise via chewing which relieves the dogs frustrations and can be harmful or fatal.

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Dogs will rip/chew anything apart when they don't have the outlet for their energy. You can make the bone enticing if they are not that interested by putting some peanut butter where the bone marrow was if it is a sterilized bone. Raw ones have the bone marrow and your dog will not turn it down.

Also crate training is imperative until your dog proves it worthy to be alone or out of her crate unsupervised. Dogs love their crate once they are taught to stay in it. Dogs are den animals just like bears, Dogs like having a place they feel cozy in. It does not need to be any bigger then the size of dog. Too big is not better. Do not feed or water in crate; only sleep or when they cannot be supervised or when they choose to go in their crate.

They can have a safe raw femur bone as I described in crate to occupy themselves. Hope this is helpful. I have trained pet dogs and all have been well behaved. You can even train a dog not to drool if you can spend the time to wipe their mouth after they drink or eat. They then learn to like their face to be clean. Good luck. Hope these suggestions help.

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February 25, 20120 found this helpful

First time my dog chews a hole in one of his stuffed toys I remove all the stuffing. He still plays with them and loves sticking his nose in the hole.

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