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How long does the chewing stage last?

I have a 16 month old lab/golden retriever mix. I've had her since she was 6 weeks old, and for the life of me I can't get her to stop chewing! She chews EVERYTHING except of course dog bones!! I've tried rawhide bones, bully sticks, those ones you put the treats in, etc. She loses interest real quick. She can chew through a plastic chew toy in less then a day (and those get expensive!). I keep her in a kennel during the day or else she'll chew everything (DD's stuffed animals, clothes, door frames, etc). How long does the chewing last? And any other ideas on what I can try to give her to chew that'll last more then 30 mins?

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Asked by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 12:23 AM on Mar. 10, 2009 in Pets

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  • DH just told me about this chew toy that is dangerous.

    I can't help you with a suggestion for the chewing, I'm sorry.

    Answer by timelessglass at 12:28 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Mine is nearly three and stlll chews. I'm sure a trainer can teach you a way around it. We haven't been to one.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:06 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Most of the time I've found that the really heavy chewing is over with by the time they are about a year old. You have to be consistent, ALWAYS take away what they are chewing on (like the remote control, the cell phone, your hair brush, the book you were reading, your daughter's stuffed animal...) and replace it with something you DO want them to chew on.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:51 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • My friend who raises seeing eye pups gets the the Kong. She also has bought the bones that are purchased that come with the marrow inside. After the dogs have emptied out the middle, she takes pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix and freezes it inside the bones and gives them one of those to chew on. Her one pup just turned 1 today and he has his times of chewing throughout the day. If she has anymore hints, I will pass them along to you.

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 8:42 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Dogs, and as everyone knows, puppies; frequently have problems with
    destructive chewing. Dogs learn about their environment predominantly
    through their nose and mouth. Not surprisingly, chewing is a normal part of
    a dog's behavior. This may be problematic, however, when the chewing is
    persistent or includes items such as furniture, rugs, and clothing.

    There are a number of steps that may be taken to modify a dog's behavior
    while protecting your property. Giving your dog a safe place free of
    chewable items (other than dog toys) where he can stay when unsupervised is
    a good first step. This is particularly helpful for puppies needing time to
    learn appropriate behavior. This place may be part of a clean basement or a
    dog crate. In addition to helping control chewing, crate training is good
    for teaching general obedience. Puppy proofing your home should be
    considered, if your dog has a chewing problem.

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 10:38 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • This entails the removal of
    items (e.g. shoes and rugs) that may be easily chewed. Exposed wires should
    be identified and either be removed or taped down, if they present a
    potential hazard.
    Since dogs need to chew, they should have appropriate toys. Destructive
    chewers only need a few of these toys. Too many toys will make it difficult
    for them to discern the difference between items that are okay to chew and
    those that are not. Don't give your dog old shoes, clothes or socks to chew
    because they will likely think it appropriate to chew new shoes, socks and
    clothes too. There are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a toy for
    a chronic chewer. First the toy should be durable and safe. Plush or squeaky
    toys are fine for most dogs, but chewers will often destroy these toys
    posing a potential health problem if they ingest the squeaker or other part
    of the toy. Hard rubber toys are often a good choice.

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 10:39 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • They are fun, durable, and easy to clean.
    One reason for excessive chewing is a lack of exercise or attention. Dogs
    are extremely social animals and if lonely will often chew due to anxiety.
    They may also chew if they have pent up energy. Certain dogs such as
    sporting and herding dogs are prone to chewing problems because they need
    more exercise than other dogs. If loneliness or excessive energy is a
    problem for your dog, try playing with your dog more often. If this is not
    possible, consider doggy day care, or a dog walker to help keep your dog
    active during the day.

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 10:39 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Additional ways to keep your dog from chewing other objects includes
    spraying them with bitter apple or a hot sauce. Bitter apple works well for
    wooden items. You may also cover these items or areas with foil or a thick
    plastic. Avoid disciplining your dog after the fact. If you return home and
    find destruction, disciplining your dog will only be effective if you catch
    him in the act. On the other hand, remember to praise your dog for chewing
    on the appropriate toys. Using a treat or flavor may help to encourage your
    dog to chew that toy. Proper training will also help control destructive
    chewing. Teaching your dog the "leave it" command is important. If these
    steps don't help to curb your dog's chewing problem you may want to consult
    a trainer or behaviorist.

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 10:39 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Puppy chewing, ripping, shredding, tearing things up and
    generally destroying stuff is as normal for dogs as tail-wagging. If you
    have a dog, expect chewing. Provide him with his own toys and teach him to
    use them or he will destructively chew anything available, such as your
    furniture, carpet, clothing or shoes.

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 10:39 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Dogs do not chew and destroy your house and belongings because they are
    angry, jealous or spiteful. They do it because they are dogs. They may be
    lonely, bored, frustrated or anxious, but they are not malicious, vindictive
    or petty. Active dogs can become restless when left alone for long periods.
    If you always come home at a certain time and you are late, your dog may
    become anxious. Your dog does not punish you for being late by destructive
    chewing. The dogs' chewing is a form of occupational therapy to relieve
    stress and release energy. If you come home and find that your dog has
    destroyed something, do not punish the dog.

    Answer by blujeanlady62 at 10:40 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

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