How do I keep my dog from chewing furniture?

We recently adopted a puppy mill labradoodle from a rescue shelter. She loves toys and we have lots of them. However, she keeps chewing on the corner of our entertainment stand. I keep coloring it over with black marker to keep my husband from noticing. He will freak if he sees it! How do I get her to stop? I scold her, tell her no and give her an appropriate chew toy. Is there something I can spray or something like that to keep her mouth off of the furniture?

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elwalters77

Asked by elwalters77 at 1:39 PM on Jul. 2, 2008 in Pets

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  • OK this sounds bad, but trust me it works!! get some Cayenne pepper and make a liquid with it (add a tbs to a 1/4-1/2 water and brush it on what you don't want the dog to chew on. This was the only think that worked to keep my Doberman from chewing furniature.  Of course if your dog likes the taste, ask me again, and I"ll give you another idea.
    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 4:28 PM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • I don't have an answer because we have the exact same problem with a Doberman that we adopted from a rescue group! Plenty of toys but he has chewed 2 television armoires! Grr! I'll be watching to see if anyone has good suggestions - thanks for asking this question!
    ZacsMom

    Answer by ZacsMom at 2:08 PM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • There is a product called "yuk" to apply to things you don't want them chewing. you get the purpose.
    manna1qd

    Answer by manna1qd at 3:52 PM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • I saw your other post about your dog chewing up a piece of furniture... sounds like you've got a real issue on your hands! My mom worked for a vets office while I was growing up and different breeds chew for different reasons. High energy breeds are known to chew because of boredom.If your dog wants to play and needs to be running around constantly, that's probably his reason for chewing. Best solution in this case is to get puzzle treats to keep their attention. They have kong's and other crazy looking treats and toys to solve this issues.
    Other dog can have stress related reasons for chewing and usually also have a very strong fear of storms. If you leave the house and that's when the chewing takes place, the best thing to do is to start crate training your dog.
    Jess6700

    Answer by Jess6700 at 12:52 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

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  • Anxiety is a real issue that can lead some dogs to chew. Most dogs that are naturally den dwellers love crates and no, it isn’t cruel. Whenever you’re away or asleep just keep your dog in an appropriate sized crate.
    My dog loves her crate and spends time in it when she doesn’t have to for naps and things. Just make sure they have an chance to go potty before and right after. Keep their time in the crate short at first.
    Terriers are a breed known to chew. Same as puppies. They sell sprays to keep your dog away from things they typically chew on. Or like the previous poster said, make your own! If you implement this you also need to follow up with scolding to reinforce that they shouldn’t chew.
    Jess6700

    Answer by Jess6700 at 12:52 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

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  • Bitter Chew Stop is a spray bottle I bought at PetSmart - it works but I have to re-apply every couple days. It has no smell and won't ruin wood either.
    Gotoyourmoms

    Answer by Gotoyourmoms at 5:19 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

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  • there is a product called bitter apple that works great, but you can also mix some Tabasco sauce with rubbing alcohol and spray it on as a deterrent, and i know this will sound crazy, but when she does it, ignore her and go in the other room, she will probably follow you, and then give her a toy as a reward for following you, because if you scold her you are giving her attention, thus in forcing the negative behavior the worse thing you can do in her mind is completely ignore her and walk away, so she will eventually learn that that behavior gets her nothing
    Rachel1786

    Answer by Rachel1786 at 8:43 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

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  • I tried all of the products and they did not work. My pups chewed up my deck until they stopped teething. Good luck
    Tamara_Fisher

    Answer by Tamara_Fisher at 4:57 PM on Jul. 4, 2008

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